Mila Kunis and Wolf Blitzer at the White House Correspondents' Dinner, April 30, 2011. (Alex Brandon/AP)
Generally speaking, there are two kinds of people in this world: those who get invited to the White House Correspondents' Association dinner—the annual gathering of celebrities, politicians and media in Washington—and those who do not.
Those who get invited to so-called "nerd prom" get drunk, get starstruck and get on Twitter to post photos of George Clooney—without noticing New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in the same frame.
The people who do not get drunk, get mad and get on Twitter to rip the people who do. Happens every year.
But the outsiders—perhaps mirroring the tone set by the traditional roasts delivered by President Barack Obama and host Jimmy Kimmel at Saturday's 98th annual dinner—seemed a tad more vicious this time.
"It is the single most revolting annual gathering of pseudojournalistic c---suckery in all the land," Gawker's Hamilton Nolan wrote. "The White House Correspondents' Association Dinner is a shameful display of whoredom that makes the 'average American' vomit in disgust." Nolan was not invited.
"I ask one question every year," CBS News' Mark Knoller (who was invited) wrote. "Who are all these people? Didn't see any of them covering [the president] at Ft. Stewart yesterday."
"The White House Correspondents' Dinner underlines everything that's systemically wrong with American journalism," Milo Yiannopoulos, editor of Kernel magazine, wrote. "The purpose of a free press is to hold the powerful to account. You can't do that if you're sucking up, hoping for swanky dinner invitations."Read More »from White House Correspondents’ Dinner: The party Twitter loves to hate