For White House Correspondents' Association President Ed Henry, a celebrities-only gifting suite was just too much. "I was just stunned because it sort of sounded like it took [the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner] to a whole new level, a disgusting level," Henry told Yeas & Nays. "This dinner is not about swag, it's about scholarships," he continued.
Last week, the Washington Post reported that GBK PR, a Los Angeles public relations firm, and the Creative Coalition, which brings actors to Washington to support the arts, would be inviting celebrities in town for Saturday's dinner and maybe a few reporters, too, to an exclusive gifting suite at an undisclosed location.
On Tuesday, Politico reported that WHCA's lawyer, George Lehner, wrote a letter to GBK threatening legal action for using, among other things, the White House Correspondents' Dinner name.
"The most important thing is to protect our brand," said Henry, Fox News' chief White House correspondent, adding that he's made this a priority since he became president of the WHCA. "I don't want to attack anyone, it's a free country, but at the end of the day, a gifting suite fits in a lot better with an Oscars night," Henry said.