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President of White House Correspondents Association defends journalism after Trump attacks

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By Max Greenwood The, Hill

White House Correspondents' Association President Margaret Talev denounced attempts made by elected officials to vilify journalism at the association's annual dinner Saturday.

"We reject efforts by anyone, especially our elected leaders, to paint journalism as un-American, to undermine trust between reporter and reader, or to cast doubt on the relevance of fact and truth in the modern age," Talev, a White House correspondent for Bloomberg, said at the gala.

"This really isn't about the business of protecting journalism as a business," she continued. "In fact, our businesses have all done pretty well in the last couple years. It is about protecting a pillar of American democracy."

President Trump, an ardent critic of the press, declined to attend the annual dinner, and instead travelled to Washington Township, Michigan, for a campaign-style rally, in which he blasted reporters as "very, very dishonest people."

In Washington, D.C., House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) offered praise for the media in a pre-recorded message shown at the dinner.

"There's so much noise out there and our Republic doesn't work without an informed electorate," Ryan said.

In his message, Ryan called for journalists to challenge elected officials, citing greater transparency and accountability for the public.

Trump has repeatedly derided the media as dishonest, leveling claims that reporters fabricate stories in order to undermine his presidency.

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