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#1 User is offline   Martin 

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Posted 11 April 2019 - 07:43 AM

Why Last Year's Trump-Pulitzer Was No Prize

By Tom Kuntz, Editor, RealClearInvestigations<br style="font-family: Domine, serif; font-size: 16px;">April 11, 2019


https://www.realclea...s_no_prize.html


What a difference a year makes. With the announcement of the 2019 Pulitzer Prizes set for next Monday, last year's award to the New York Times and Washington Post for Trump-Russia coverage is already looking like a crumpled first draft of history lofting in a high arc to the dustbin. It's eclipsed by the double-whammy of the Special Counsel's finding of no collusion with the Kremlin and Attorney General William Barr's disclosure this week that he'll investigate spying by federal authorities on the Trump campaign.

Eclipsed and how. But the deep flaws in this honored coverage, instrumental in pushing the collusion narrative, shouldn't be overlooked because it's been overtaken by events, or many journalists would prefer to move on, or because President Trump calls it "fake news." The flaws reveal broader problems in reporting this continuing story and journalism in general. The prize went jointly to the two publications for 10 articles apiece reporting on Trump-Russia developments throughout most of 2017, the chaotic first year of Donald Trump's presidency.

Their heavy investment in shaping and advancing the collusion story is telegraphed by some of the headlines alone. Imagine them with exclamation points and they could easily have appeared in the sensational sheets published by Joseph Pulitzer himself: Sessions Spoke Twice to Russian Envoy! (Washington Post); Emails Disclose Trump Son's Glee at Russian Offer! (New York Times); Trump Reveals Secret Intelligence to Russians! (Post).


In its announcement, the Pulitzer Board praised the papers, probably Washington's biggest recipients of unauthorized government leaks, for their "deeply sourced, relentlessly reported coverage." I asked Dana Canedy, the Pulitzer Prize administrator, how the board knew enough about the unnamed sources and the relentlessness of the work to say this, and she said it concluded this from the work itself, and the papers' prize applications. But if anything was "deeply" demonstrated, it was the deeply embedded Washington Post and New York Times DNA on last year's Pulitzer Board, a third of whose 18 members were current or former Times or Post journalists. In addition, two board members, ex-Timesman Stephen Engelberg of ProPublica and Emily Ramshaw of the Texas Tribune, head nonprofit newsrooms that share coverage with the Times and the Post.

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In New York City, they can put you in jail for a year and/or fine you $10,000 for turning in a false alarm. Unless you work for the New York Times. In that case, if you turn in false alarms every day for twenty months, you get a Pulitzer Prize.
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Posted 11 April 2019 - 08:00 AM

Reminds me of Obama's Nobel Peace Prize in '09. All credibility for such prizes disappeared quicker than Hillary's fun loving personality on election night, 2016. Does Pulitzer translated mean "Pull My Finger"? :rolleyes:
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Posted 11 April 2019 - 09:10 AM

The NY Times has a history of fake stories, lying journalists, and the worthless Pulitzer. Walter Duranty ring a bell?
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Posted 14 April 2019 - 08:37 PM

View PostUSNRETWIFE, on 11 April 2019 - 09:10 AM, said:

The NY Times has a history of fake stories, lying journalists, and the worthless Pulitzer. Walter Duranty ring a bell?


With a little bit of Holocaust Denial tossed in!

Kestrel...
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