Sarah Palin: White House correspondents’ dinner ‘pathetic’

No longer on staff at Fox News, Sarah Palin lashed out at the media and the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner late Saturday night, calling an event her husband and daughter have both attended a "pathetic" party for "assclowns."

Palin and her daughter Bristol attended MSNBC’s after-party at the Italian embassy. (Jonathan Ernest/Reuters ) Sarah Palin and her daughter Bristol attended MSNBC’s White House correspondents' dinner after-party at the Italian Embassy in 2011. (Jonathan Ernest/Reuters )

 

Palin has never attended the "nerd prom" herself, but in 2011 she showed up at both the Vanity Fair and MSNBC after-parties. Her daughter, Bristol, went to the dinner while Palin spoke to a group of antiabortion activists.

"I choose life," over the party, Palin said in her speech. "You really see evidence of that influence out there of — you know — the celebrity, how the news is, and the political arena, and how it all kind of meshes together.

In 2009 the then-governor was scheduled to attend (as a guest of Fox News) but canceled her plans due to emergency flooding back in Alaska. Her husband Todd attended in her stead.

Longtime NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw has also criticized the dinner, saying the star-studded event sends a message of "‘We’re Versailles. The rest of you eat cake.’”

Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.

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