It’s no secret in the world of journalism that prizes are coveted and the corresponding accolades revered. As such the Pulitzer prize is the grand-daddy of them all — the big kahuna of journalism prizes. But it seems that long-established Academy Award of the scribes has gone to hell as well.
This week the board of directors of the Pulitzer Prize announced the New York Times as the winner for investigative journalism, “For agenda-setting reporting on Vladimir Putin’s efforts to project Russia’s power abroad, revealing techniques that included assassination, online harassment and the planting of incriminating evidence on opponents.” Also, the top finalist for this prize was none other than Chris Hamby of BuzzFeed. Yes indeed, BuzzFeed is certainly a fortress of ethics in journalism.
If this comes as a shock you – it shouldn’t. One look at the Pulitzer Prize Board tells you everything you need to know. Thus we publish those esteemed names for you right here on Liberty Nation:
Elizabeth Alexander, Director of Creativity and Free Expression, Ford Foundation
Randell Beck, Retired President and Publisher, Argus Leader Media, Sioux Falls, SD
Robert Blau, Executive Editor, Bloomberg News, New York, NY
Lee C. Bollinger, President, Columbia University
Katherine Boo, Staff Writer, The New Yorker
Neil Brown, Editor and Vice President, Tampa Bay Times
Steve Coll, Dean, Graduate School of Journalism, Columbia University
Gail Collins, Op-Ed Columnist, The New York Times
John Daniszewski, Vice President and Editor at Large for Standards, Associated Press
Joyce Dehli, Edmond J. Safra Fellow-in-Residence for 2016-2017, Harvard University
Junot Díaz, author and Rudge and Nancy Allen Professor of Writing, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Stephen Engelberg, Editor-in-Chief, ProPublica, New York, NY
Steven Hahn, Professor of History, New York University
Aminda Marqués Gonzalez, Vice President and Executive Editor, Miami Herald
Mike Pride, Administrator, The Pulitzer Prizes, Columbia University
Emily Ramshaw, Editor-in-Chief, The Texas Tribune, Austin, TX
Eugene Robinson, Columnist and Associate Editor, The Washington Post
Tommie Shelby, Caldwell Titcomb Professor of African and African American Studies and Professor of Philosophy, Harvard University
Keven Ann Willey, Vice President/Editorial Page Editor, The Dallas Morning News
This might well be a study on what Tucker Carlson often calls “group think.” From the Ford Foundation to the New Yorker to WaPo it seems that these folks have something in common. What, pray tell, could that be? Location? No. Longevity? Maybe. Political Ideology? Ding. Ding. Ding.
Naturally, they added a smattering of dissimilar thinkers to the group, but not until they are far outweighed by those on the left. Woe to the scribes and Pharisees whose whitewashed tombs of journalistic ethics which are summarily gone with the wind.
Much more could be said about the fall of the Pulitzer Prize from its former stature. But quite frankly, it’s not worth your time or my HTML.
Bye, bye Pulitzer. You have finally and effectively sullied your name forever.