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Journalists honor press freedom at a dinner without Trump

Associated Press logo Associated Press 4/30/2017 By JACK GILLUM, Associated Press
Bob Woodward, left, talks with Carl Bernstein during the White House Correspondents' Dinner in Washington, Saturday, April 29, 2017. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen) © The Associated Press Bob Woodward, left, talks with Carl Bernstein during the White House Correspondents' Dinner in Washington, Saturday, April 29, 2017. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House Correspondents' Dinner hasn't been derailed by the absence of President Donald Trump and the Hollywood stars who often show up.

Samantha Bee arrives for "Full Frontal with Samantha Bee's Not the White House Correspondents' Dinner" at DAR Constitution Hall on Saturday, April, 29, 2017, in Washington. (Photo by Brent N. Clarke/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Samantha Bee arrives for "Full Frontal with Samantha Bee's Not the White House Correspondents' Dinner" at DAR Constitution Hall on Saturday, April, 29, 2017, in Washington. (Photo by Brent N. Clarke/Invision/AP)

Prominent Washington journalists celebrated the First Amendment during the annual dinner, an event that lacked the glitter of past years.

The Daily Show correspondent Hasan Minhaj stands at the head table during the White House Correspondents' Dinner in Washington, Saturday, April 29, 2017. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen) © The Associated Press The Daily Show correspondent Hasan Minhaj stands at the head table during the White House Correspondents' Dinner in Washington, Saturday, April 29, 2017. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

With Trump sending his regrets, the attention was no longer focused on an in-person roasting of the commander in chief and his humorous remarks about politics and the press. Instead, speakers at the dinner promoted press freedom and responsibility and challenged Trump's accusations of dishonest reporting.

Journalist Bob Woodward sits at the head table during the White House Correspondents' Dinner in Washington, Saturday, April 29, 2017. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen) © The Associated Press Journalist Bob Woodward sits at the head table during the White House Correspondents' Dinner in Washington, Saturday, April 29, 2017. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

The stars of the night were Watergate reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein.

Journalist Carl Bernstein sits at the head table during the White House Correspondents' Dinner in Washington, Saturday, April 29, 2017. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen) © The Associated Press Journalist Carl Bernstein sits at the head table during the White House Correspondents' Dinner in Washington, Saturday, April 29, 2017. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen) The Daily Show correspondent Hasan Minhaj arrives at attend the White House Correspondents' Dinner in Washington, Saturday, April 29, 2017. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen) © The Associated Press The Daily Show correspondent Hasan Minhaj arrives at attend the White House Correspondents' Dinner in Washington, Saturday, April 29, 2017. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
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