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David Brooks Doesn’t Mind Skipping the White House Correspondents’ Dinner

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 02: Journalist David Brooks attends the White House Correspondents' Dinner Weekend Pre-Party hosted by The New Yorker's David Remnick at the W Hotel Washington DC on May 2, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The New Yorker)
Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/2014 Getty Images

Times man David Brooks is fine with skipping the White House Correspondents’ Dinner tonight. “I’m forbidden, as you know it’s immoral … according to my bosses,” Brooks told Daily Intelligencer last night at the New Yorker party at the W. (The Times doesn’t allow staffers to attend the WHCD because it “sends the wrong signal to [their] readers.”) “So I go to another dinner party at my friend’s house. We drink more. We don’t have to listen to any speeches,” Brooks said. However, Brooks did admit that the dinner is bizarre.

I used to go six or seven years ago but it was too depressing,” he said. “There is an inversion of values. I once saw this great biographer of Theodore Roosevelt, being ignored in the corner and Kim Kardashian being celebrated. So morality is being turned upside down.”

Besides, it’s a boring night anyway, Brooks explained a common refrain from Times staffers and D.C. is particularly dull this year. “I’ve become very bored in Washington. This is an atypical year in that I have not had one political conversation, because nobody cares. Even we don’t care. My conversations have been about social life, Park Slope, religion, I haven’t had a single political conversation. Nothing is happening. We’re even bored with ourselves.”

So instead of schlepping over to the Washington Hilton to hang out with journalists and politicos, Brooks will hang out with journalists and politicos in private. Will there be TV pundits? we asked. “They have a separate TV dinner,” Brooks joked. “It’s a lot dumber.”

David Brooks Doesn’t Mind Skipping the WHCD