Lindsay Lohan has been accused of destroying the credibility of the White House Correspondents’ Dinner by veteran newsman Tom Brokaw.
The 26-year-old actress was a guest of Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren at the 2012 event organised by the White House Correspondents' Association.
The evening hosts journalists assigned to cover the White House in Washington, D.C. and the President of the United States.
The legendary anchorman was so outraged by Lindsay’s appearance he will never attend the event again.
“She became a big star at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Give me a break. That’s the Washington press corps? There is more dignity at my daughter’s junior prom that what I’m seeing on CSPAN here,” he said in a video interview with Politico.
Brokaw said he remembered in the mid-1970s when producer Lorne Michaels brought the cast of Saturday Night Live to the event, including John Belushi and Chevy Chase.
Although he said their presence was “with good reason” soon after celebrity appearances began to scandalise and cheapen the meeting of the press corps.
“It was appropriate. They were doing a lot of political stuff and it kind of raised, if you will, the profile of the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Then somewhere along the line it began to free-wheel out of control,” Brokaw said.
Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren defended bringing Lindsay as her guest after the actress’ appearance sparked controversy.
She noted Kim Kardashian and her mother/manager Kris Jenner were also in attendance and other members of the press were thrilled to meet the stars.
"The table was flooded with people who wanted to meet Kim and Kris and Lindsay. The pictures just didn't stop. All three were extremely gracious to people. I don't know how they do it. People wanted picture after picture. They were all gracious. The evening went off beautifully,” she said.
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