At Trump-less Correspondents Event, Focus Back on Journalism

Will Smith and George Clooney, step aside for Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein.

Saturday’s White House Correspondents’ Association dinner — traditionally the most-glittery night on the Washington social calendar, with A-list celebrities — will have a different vibe this year. With President Donald Trump staying away, organizers say the focus will not be on the red carpet but on the First Amendment and the crucial role of the press in a democracy.

As opposed to last year, when guests at President Barack Obama’s final dinner included Smith, Emma Watson, Kerry Washington, Helen Mirren and the late Carrie Fisher, this year’s big stars seem to be Woodward and Bernstein, who’ll be presenting journalism awards.

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