While several members of the press have announced their decision to avoid the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner set for late April, comedian Jon Stewart offered some support for those who are planning to attend.
The former host of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” said the fundraising event is “still a good cause” despite his vocal disagreements with President Donald Trump.
“I think it’ll be entertaining,” he said of the black-tie affair.
Stewart, who hosted the dinner two decades ago, advised journalists to “follow their conscience” regarding whether to attend, adding he believes the issue is fairly insignificant in the grand scheme of things.
“Listen,” he said, “whether or not people go to the correspondents’ dinner is clearly not the most pressing issue facing us these days.”
Former colleague Samantha Bee, who launched the TBS series “Full Frontal” after a stint on “The Daily Show,” has announced her intention to host a protest event — “Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner” — for the same evening.