Thanks but no thanks

The Times says it's had enough of the White House Correspondents' Association dinner.

Published April 30, 2007 7:37PM (EDT)

In the wake of this month's White House Correspondents' Association dinner, the New York Times has decided to "end its participation in such events," Frank Rich reports. Was Rich Little really that bad? Or was the Times just a little embarrassed by the behavior of its dinner guest?

Either way, the WHCA shouldn't delete the Times from its mailing list just yet. The paper boycotted the correspondents' dinner back in 1999, with then Washington bureau chief Michael Oreskes complaining of a "circus atmosphere" and a "whole sense of bacchanalia."

By Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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