Watch The 2019 White House Correspondents Association Dinner 2019: 9:30 pm ETA

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The traditional event, a yearly suaret celebrating journalism since 1911, will be very different this year. Not only is President Trump boycotting, but he has forbidden his staff to attend, in light of the harsh criticism levied against him and his administration in previous years.

In addition, and even more surprising, the tradition of the event as a comedy roast will be broken: today an historian (The writer of Hamilton) is the featured speaker. It will be a very different, and interesting correspondents dinner, dedicated to the 1st amendment and  the role of journalism in American society.

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