"There was a time where these dinners -- the WHCD started in 1921 and its Canadian equivalent is even older, dating back to the nineteenth century -- were off the record, where politicians and the journalists who covered them could let their guards down and have some fun.
'Perhaps that was worthwhile.
'Occasionally talking and joking with one another in an informal, off-the-record setting, similar to prime ministers and presidents getting to know one another informally, beyond official meetings and joint press conferences, does have value.
"But today, there is zero confidentiality at these events.:
(He does have a point!)
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