Instead author Ron Chernow will be giving a talk on the importance of the First Amendment. Chernow is an esteemed American historian whose famed Alexander Hamilton biography inspired Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway musical. “The White House Correspondents’ Association has asked me to make the case for the First Amendment and I am happy to oblige,” Chernow said in a news release. “Freedom of the press is always a timely subject and this seems like the perfect moment to go back to basics.”
All that to say, Chernow’s definitely a qualified pick, but it’s hard not to sense the WHCA’s cold feet from here. Wolf is the latest in a long line of polarizing cultural presences at these dinners, most famously including Stephen Colbert, who famously grilled President George W. Bush on the War on Terror in 2006.
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