If the dinner is "dead," as Mr. Trump claims, it isn't Ms. Wolf who killed it. What should kill it (but probably won't given the staying power the event has had) is how far it's image has gotten away from its core purpose of supporting excellence in journalism and raising money for college scholarships. To be sure, the event still celebrates journalism, but the broader public is probably altogether unaware of that fact. The addition of celebrities and cable TV coverage are what made people take note of this Washington institution in the first place, but they also created the wrong impression. President Trump hasn't diminished the event by staying away for two straight years, he's done the organizers a favor by pointing out how weird and cringe-worthy it's all gotten. The whole thing was worse when Barack Obama was president — if only because he was a celebrity magnet himself. With Mr. Trump's absence, the celebrity quotient is way down, more journalists are there, and, notwithstanding the present controversy, the attention of those who attend has shifted back to the core purpose of the program.