CNN may be preempting Trump's decision to not invite them to the White House Correspondent's Dinner by announcing that they will be sitting out the dinner. In this way, they can show their ire and avoid being embarrassed by President Trump before he shows his ire toward them.
So nyah, nyah, nyah President Trump, take that!
The annual event is scheduled for April 29th and according to several sources familiar with what's going on, CNN is still actively discussing whether they will ultimately send staffers or snub the POTUS.
"We haven't made a decision on it yet," said a CNN spokesperson who wishes to remain anonymous because it really pisses off Trump when people remain anonymous, except when it's people he refers to anonymously.
In the past, the dinner was a scene in which presidents roast the press after top-shelf comedians take digs at the big-shots in the room.
When Obama was president, the 'shots' were generally cutesy remarks about him, or when Obama publicly humiliated now President Trump with a blistering attack.
Here is the actual transcript of Obama's remarks as Mr. Trump had to sit in the audience and take it from the bully pulpit:
"Now, I know that he's taken some flak lately, but no one in happier, no one is prouder to put this birth certificate to rest than the Donald. (Laughter.) And that's because he can finally get back to focusing on the issues that matter--like, did we fake the moon landing? (Laughter.) What really happened in Roswell? (Laughter.) And where are Biggie and Tupac? (Laughter and applause.)
"But all kidding aside, obviously, we all know about your credentials and breadth of experience. (Laughter.) For example--no, seriously, just recently, in an episode of Celebrity Apprentice--(laughter)--at the steakhouse, the men's cooking team did not impress the judges from Omaha Steaks. And there was a lot of blame to go around. But you, Mr. Trump, recognized that the real problem was a lack of leadership. And so ultimately, you didn't blame Lil' Jon or Meatloaf. (Laughter.) You fired Gary Busey. (Laughter.) And these are the kind of decisions that would keep me up at night. (Laughter and applause.) Well handled, sir. (Laughter.) Well handled."The White House Correspondent's Dinner has often been criticized as a 'too cozy' relationship between the press and government. But with the current aggressive ongoing battle President Trump is having with the press, some are wondering whether fist-bumping camaraderie is especially inappropriate at this time. President Trump's deleted (then reposted) tweet calling the press an "enemy of the American people" was a blistering attack and escalation of their battle.
Mr. Trump later went on to say that he was not attacking all media, merely the 'fake news' that the media often puts out.
At CPAC, top White House adviser Steve Bannon referred to the media as the "opposition party," and when it comes to how the media treats the GOP, he's correct. I've yet to hear anyone in the MSM ask Trump "What enchants you about the job?"
It seems that CNN has been particularly targeted by the Trump administration, so it stands to reason that they might avoid attending the WH Correspondent's Dinner.
Ironically perhaps, it isn't even certain whether President Trump is going to attend.