Larry Wilmore Was Invited on CNN Post-White House Correspondents' Dinner - and Then Abruptly Banned
At the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, Larry Wilmore roasted everyone in the press—particularly CNN.
“In fact, the room was very uncomfortable because Wilmore kept pressing the issue, which is exactly what he’s supposed to do! He’s a comic!” exclaimed Cenk Uygur, host of The Young Turks. Obama may have had a few quips about the press, but they were much milder than Wilmore’s.
“Wilmore came in and threw gloves off and was like, Well, let’s go. He went after CNN, basically saying they’re a so-called news network,” said Uygur.
One of Wilmore's sharpest zingers was directed at Don Lemon—who flipped the comic the bird when cameras cut to his reaction. But Lemon actually took the joke in stride, took pictures with Wilmore later on in the evening and even invited Wilmore to be a guest on CNN.
On the other hand, Mediaite reported, “that Wilmore was scheduled to appear on Lemon’s show the evening of Wednesday, May 4, a few days after the speech. But that appearance was abruptly canceled by a CNN producer shortly beforehand under the guise of needing to cover 'politics' and to focus on the 'Indiana primary' (which had ended more than 24 hours earlier). Wilmore was never rescheduled.”
“I know a thing or two about cable news ... I know that they literally have blacklists," said Uygur. “It is not a conspiracy theory. ... Mediaite has a source that says that [Wilmore] is [blacklististed] ... and based on my experience, I am not at all surprised by that."