Alex Witt   |  April 28, 2013

Too many celebrities at White House Correspondents Dinner?

Amy Argetsinger, “Reliable Source” columnist for the Washington Post, joins MSNBC’s Alex Witt to comment  on the convergence of Hollywood, journalism, and politics from last night’s White House Correspondent’s Dinner.  She describes the evolution of the Dinner from an industry dinner to a “happening” and “schmoozefest.” 

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>>> the problem is that the media lane scape is changing so rapidly. you can't keep up. i remember when buzz feed was something i did in college around 2:00 a.m .

>>> that got a good laugh. president obama going on that dodgy college mentalry. he got plenty of laughs from that and everything else as he played the room. the dinner is a pricey shindig. but the question whether that connection is really relevant exists. joining miss is amy argeh-singer of worst woes. i'm proud of you making it in considering how late sdr .

>>> there are lots of stars.

>> originally it was a chance for reporters to catch up with their sources. those were the original white house correspondents dinner guests. you would bring your sources, government officials you wanted to kiss up with and hopefully give us information through the rest of it is year.

>> people will drop by your table. you almost are using the stars as a transactional thing.

>> so are the stars relevant. bradley cooper , an a-lister. do you think that really brings in the people who then talk politics.

>> i guess you have to ask what is the goal. it start off being an industry dinner, a chance for the reporters to get together and to be on meened terms for one night with the president they cover. now it's become a happening that you have all these big ceos who want to come to this thing. media organizationses bring their advertisers, bring the stars to impress the advertisers. is this good or bad? i don't know, but it's a different way the whole thing operates.

>> tom brokaw has said he doesn't like the turn with which this dinner has taken, and then i had on our good friend and your colleague cynic, dana mill bangs. here's what he recently wrote.

>> lost in this cozy celebration of wealth and fame is the journalistic notion of holding the powerful to account without fear or favor. he's not the first to suggest that --

>> there's something unseemly about trying to impress each other, but have i the stars there, in places that used to be reserved for journalists, basically. there are a lot of rank-and-file journalists that can no longer go. there's the display of this that is kind of unseemly, but at the same time it's one night a year.

>> it's a very fun night.

>> and they always remind you the proceeds go towards scholarships.

>> absolutely.

>> it ghot big applause. you say one wealthy hand feeds the other in this case, which then begs the question -- who is running the show? is it hollywood or d.c. politics?

>> it feels like it's hollywood . you can tell a cabinet secretary , no, i'm sorry you can't bring your spouse to the dinner. very hard to tell that to a hollywood star , so you see seats reserved for the hollywood 's star's girlfriend and agent. you do see these people have the upper hand, it seems.

>> all right, but i can pretty much i can guarantee i'll see you there next year?