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Washington Celebrity-Gazing Now Too Important to Be Confined to Merely Two Days

Kris Jenner (R), Kim Kardashian (L) and actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson (C) attend the White House Correspondents Association Dinner in Washington, DC, April 28, 2012. The annual event, which brings together US President Barack Obama, Hollywood celebrities, news media personalities and Washington correspondents, features comedian Jimmy Kimmel as the host. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/GettyImages)
Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Two years ago, I was marvelling at how the White House Correspondents’ Association’s annual event had ballooned from a dinner to an entire weekend.

(“The gigantic ethics violation that was once called the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner, and is now known as White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner Weekend …”) Today, via Politico, I have learned, perhaps later than everybody else in town, that the weekend formulation is already passé:

An entire week! At some point, it will encompass the entire year, and “journalist” will be a word we use to describe people whose job is to connect advertisers with celebrities and powerful officials.

D.C. Celebrity-Gazing Not Confined to Two Days