AMAC Exclusive – By Claire Brighn
More than a year after the Russia Collusion Hoax has completely unraveled, and as evidence continues to emerge that the entire narrative of supposed links between the 2016 Trump campaign and the Kremlin was entirely fabricated by top Hillary Clinton campaign officials, the Pulitzer Prize Board has yet to rescind its 2018 awards to The New York Times and The Washington Post for “reporting” on the false story. The longer the prize committee delays, the more its credibility – what little is left – will continue to erode, taking with it Americans’ trust in mainstream media institutions.
Late last month, former President Trump issued a third letter to the Pulitzer Prize Board requesting that it withdraw its 2018 award to the Times and the Post for “deeply sourced, relentlessly reported coverage in the public interest that dramatically furthered the nation’s understanding of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and its connections to the Trump campaign, the President-elect’s transition team and his eventual administration.” He urged them to pay “close attention” to the trial of Michael Sussman, Clinton’s 2016 Campaign attorney, showing he fed false information to the FBI with candidate Clinton’s approval. “There is no dispute,” Trump said, “that the Pulitzer Board’s award to those media outlets was based on false and fabricated information that they published.”
As Americans will well remember, the “investigation” into Russia’s supposed involvement in the 2016 election was a constant media firestorm throughout the first three years of Trump’s presidency, as the media openly suggested that Trump was an illegitimate President and Democrats in Congress bogged the administration down with mountains of document and interview requests.
Ultimately, after years of time wasted and millions of taxpayer dollars spent, the verdict was clear: no collusion, no corruption. Yet despite this finding, much of the damage had already been done – and even then, many in the mainstream media and even elected Democrats refused to stop pushing the lie that the Trump campaign had colluded with the Russian government.
Consequently, in his letter to the Pulitzer Prize Board, Trump asks the question: “Together with all the publications that have obsessively promulgated excessively false attacks against me…how do I get my reputation back?”
Under different circumstances, the Pulitzer Prize Board might rescind its prize, or The New York Times and The Washington Post might issue apologies to their readers for falling short of their journalistic charge of reporting “truth.” After all, history shows such a move would not be without precedent. In 1981, for example, after it was revealed that Janet Cooke’s infamous “Jimmy’s World” piece about an 8-year-old heroin addict was a complete fabrication, the Pulitzer Prize Board withdrew its award to The Post and the newspaper sent to its readership, in all caps, a note reading “WE APOLOGIZE.”
In 2000, following Times coverage of Dr. Lee, a Chinese-American scientist accused of giving U.S. secrets to China, the paper acknowledged that its reporting had stirred up a “political frenzy” and that, given “the stakes involved, a man’s liberty and reputation,” they would conduct a post-mortem. They found they could “have pushed harder to uncover weaknesses in the F.B.I. case against Dr. Lee,” often did not use “a tone of journalistic detachment from our sources,” and neglected opportunities to provide “balance.” Each of these self-criticisms could apply to Times coverage of the Trump-Russia scandal – yet no apologies have been forthcoming.
So what’s stopping the Pulitzer Board, the Times, and the Post from carrying out the same corrective measures today, in a case that has far greater implications for public trust in the media and the health of our democracy?
The answer seems to be that robust journalism and uncovering the truth were never the measuring sticks the Pulitzer committee used in bestowing the award on the Times and the Post. Rather, the most important criterion was exacting maximum political damage on President Trump.
Even Maggie Haberman, one of the Times staff who won the award, unwittingly confirmed this when she tweeted in 2017: “Folks involved in funding this [the Steele Dossier] lied about it, and with sanctimony, for a year.” This suggests at the very least that the Times became aware of bad sources yet failed to go back and fully check the veracity of its reporting.
Another serious problem this fiasco reveals is that the Pulitzer Prize “givers” and “receivers” are essentially one and the same – the prize is a grabfest of self-indulgent back-patting. In 2017-2018, for example, two thirds of the Pulitzer Prize Board was comprised of former Times and Post staff. In 11 out of 14 journalism categories, staff members of the these newspapers were nominated or won.
Dig a little deeper, and the corruption becomes even more evident. The jurors on the national reporting category – comprised of five individuals – did not nominate The New York Times among the finalists. It was the Pulitzer Board who pulled the Times articles in and merged them with The Washington Post stories, adding an extra shot of supposed credibility to the “bombshell story” of Russian collusion.
Lee Bollinger, President of Columbia University and a Pulitzer Prize Board member, said in his remarks at the 2018 Pulitzer Luncheon that “this year will stand out in the now century-long history of the prizes as among the most significant.” (Indeed, even a cursory glance at Google Trends analytics shows the “Pulitzer Prize” was a wildly more popular term searched worldwide than in any other year in recent memory). Bollinger continued: “on the political front I think it is clear that the nation is facing the most serious internal attacks on the fundamental values and institutional structures that define a democracy since the Pulitzers were introduced over a century ago” – therein referring to the Trump-Russia collusion hoax and confirming the weaponization of the Pulitzer Prize itself.
There is also the fact that ultra-progressive financier George Soros has donated close to $10 million to Columbia University since 2009, of which well over a million has gone to the Journalism school. According to the “Foundation to Promote Open Society,” $100,000 was donated in 2020 to the Journalism School alone, all “to study the phenomenon of partisan networks masquerading as legitimate news outlets for the purpose of spreading electoral disinformation.” In other words, the money was donated to fund attacks on conservative news outlets.
Considering that the Columbia School of Journalism runs the Pulitzer show administratively – Joseph Pulitzer actually founded the school – this sort of partisan funding immediately compromises the award’s integrity. Moreover, Steve Coll, Dean of the Columbia’s Journalism School, had once worked for The Washington Post. Dana Canedy, then-administrator of the 2018 Pulitzer Prizes, had also worked for The New York Times for over 20 years. Both were on the Pulitzer Prize Board.
The trouble, of course, as journalist Jack Schafer notes in his 2015 piece “The Pulitzer Prize Scam,” is that Pulitzers often set “journalistic orthodoxy” and “professional taboos.” If recent history is any indication, the copious use of anonymous sourcing – not ideal as the modus operandi of journalistic standards – will continue. But perhaps worst of all, the influence of the Pulitzer Prize, paired with the cultural sway of The New York Times and political contacts of The Washington Post, will trudge on. Already, The Post has already reaped another Pulitzer for its Jan. 6 coverage.
This will all undoubtedly continue to have great play in the American political scene, especially leading up to 2024, should Trump run again. But no one should hold their breath waiting for the Pulitzer Prize Board to rescind its 2018 award. The blatantly false content about the 2016 election – and indeed the entirely of Trump’s presidency – peddled out by the mainstream media was always purely a political exercise. The truth, as has so often become the case in American politics generally, was merely an obstacle to the quest for power.
Claire Brighn is the pen name of a conservative researcher and writer with previous domestic and foreign policy experience in the Executive Branch.
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See what happens when everyone gets a trophy?
The award becomes worthless.
Let’s not forget that Obama won the 2009 Nobel peace prize for “extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.” (wikipedia.org)
He was awarded the prize right after taking office and before he had time to do anything. There was a million dollars that came with that prize.
This is how the ultra rich pay off their lackeys.
He “won” the award for being black and groveling (world apology tour).
Things I used to respect and thought they were the organizations I should listen too for truth and justice I have realized that they were part of the government apparachiks like in the communist soviet union . Like the fbi, cia, atf ,justice department, almost anything run by federal government, and the democrat (communist party) and now pulitzer prize clowns are not to be trusted and question everything they do.
AND ESPECIALLY THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA!!!!!!
The Pulitzer Prize is just another example of liberals patting each other on the back and giving each other awards. The awards have no credibility whatso ever just like the news media.
And now the media just clams up with the Durham investigation and evidence of good ol’ ballot stuffing and harvesting in 2020. They are just part of the deep and wide swamp along with hollywood handing out awards to themselves for the real big lie.
At least we’ve got the Hollywood illuminati punching each other now. Maybe they’ll eventually self-destruct?
This excellent article about American journalism, the Pulitzer Prize, and the corruption of both, illustrate why I feel AMAC is a critically important counter to AARP—a leftist lobbying group with a insurance scam side business. I recently renewed my AMAC membership and am totally pleased with what they are accomplishing for the membership and retired people in general.
There is very little true journalism left in America as most journalists have joined the “woke” movement. The modern “journalism” now consists in following the story line of how to most effectively destroy a person or persons with which you don’t agree. There is no longer absolute truth in anything, especially journalism. Most journalists no longer “dig for the facts” but follow the current political correctness. The “woke” mentality now owns most of the media and Washington D.C.. No one can ever bring the nation together with this type of agenda.
I really don’t like Donald Trump as a person. As President of the United States he did a fantastic job! He had our country growng economically more than it had in decades. I don’t like Joe Biden as a person. As President of the United States he had created havoc and continues to do so. So looking at the economic condition of our country and compairing the two presidents who do you think would be the best selection for President of the United States?
Of course they’d hand each other “awards”! They’re all proud of themselves. So was Gobbels.
Marxists will never admit they were wrong. When many were touting Reagan’s toppling of the soviet union, gorbachev was heard to say something like: Reagan had nothing to do with it, WE HONESTLY THOUGHT WE WERE DOING WHAT WAS RIGHT!
In other words folks, socialists, marxists, communists, totalitarians actually think that by oppressing THE PEOPLE, they are doing what is right! THAT IS A MENTAL DISEASE!!!! ONLY USEFUL IDIOTS BELIEVE THAT!!!
I personally care as much about Pulitzer Prizes as I do Hollywood Oscars. Not at all.
I imagine Hitler gave out “awards” for a job “well done” too.
As of now, i have no respect for a Pulitzer Prize award, given the facts presented in this article.
At the same time, I have little respect for Trump as a human being or politician. Trump asks, “…how do I get my reputation back?” What a joke! His reputation is that of a consummate liar, cheater, a person with a low moral code. Though an apology from the Pulitzer board and rescinding the subject awards is warranted, I hate to see Trump gain the satisfaction from that. It would be more fuel for his ignorant base. This is a no-win situation.
Fact, we all know the
STEELE DOSSIER was created and financed by the Billary Clinton’s . That’s a no BRAINER fact !!!
SLIMEBALL Attorney Sussman
confessed to the dirty dealings !!!
Unfortunately, he will not be appropriately punished ; and neither will the evil Clinton’s ???? All because the
dirty Socialist Dems
will. PROTECT them!!!!!! All
$$$$$$ MONEY TALKS , ESPECIALLY George Soros money!!!!!!!!!!!
They all knew it was a lie but still treated it as “breaking news”. And they wonder why no one believes them now?
A NY Times reporter in the USSR during the Stalin era 1930s won a Pulitzer for lying, deceptive reporting about Stalin not purging Ukrainians and being an all around good guy. The Times hasn’t given that prize back so what makes anyone think they’ll return this new fake prize? The newspaper of record LOL.
This was an excellent article. The sad part is Republican leaders let it continue. The left steadily, consistently and methodically instilled their evil plots and deception into the MSM and peoples minds. They are still doing that. They are going to sabotage the midterms in November and we cannot stop them because their brainwashing has worked. We have to get ahead of this and stop letting them get away with it or we will become a socialist country.
If a government was able to crucify the Son of God, what can one Republican do? The MSM lies for the Democrat Party but they can’t hide the fact to even the ignorant that gas costs more and shopping costs more. Its the economy stupid counters the lie!
The main stream media is corrupt
Corrupted by the left. They have infiltrated government agencies (eg:FBI) and are now in our schools brainwashing our kids. They have to be stopped.
Problem is who is going to take the lead in taking back our country?
Nobody has ever given it a better start than President Trump. He is first one to expose the corruption on both sides of the aisle, and the media unwittingly exposed itself with it’s documented lies.
What a joke the mainstream media and newspapers have become.
How do these people sleep at night ????
The awards are bestowed by elites to those who are contributing to the Great Reset. The vicious globalists need to be exposed.
Everyone know that Nobel Prizes go to the highest bidder. They had them out to people that don’t have a clue about the subject, but are backed by the richest Universities, Corporations or Political groups.
Nobel hit bottom with Obama. Peace Prize for doing…absolutely nothing. Now the Pulitzer is following suit.
Obama’s award was a joke. Heard of any major terrorist attacks or war in Israel lately? Trump brokers a peace deal and finally moves our embassy to Jerusalem. Where’s the Nobel? Its all a joke. Like Cuomos Emmy…
This country is following the exact playbook of banana republic and tyrannical government countries, Propaganda and deceitful lies constantly being forced down on us everywhere and every minute. Our journalists and the media have become the source of politically influencing and extremely dangerous lies about everything. If it doesn’t fit into there narrative then it’s destroyed regardless of the truth. This is exactly the MARXISTS STRATEGY to poison the masses and then after it’s all completely ruined take everything over. Then out of the kindness and total understanding of the lower class MINIONS completely rule with an iron fist. You will own nothing and be tolerant of it , or else? Yes this the time of reckoning. These progressive Marxist traders and haters of all true American citizens have definitely declared WAR on our country and our constitution for which we all stand.
Yes. You are spot on. The left is good at lying and people believe them. A good example is the Jan 6 committee. It is nothing more than lies, propaganda, and manipulation of the facts and evidence. It is composed of 7 democrats and 2 Republican Rhinos who voted to impeach Trump. How are they allowed to do that. It is clearly a partisan group and we all know the outcome. They will have evidence (which will also be manipulated)to support their findings just like the 2 impeachments which included proven lies. No one stands up to them. Why didn’t someone insist the Jan 6 committee be bipartisan? Our Republican leaders need to take action to stop their control of our country and leaders.
They are allowed to do that because “they” own the system in which they play. Whoever can make the rules can win the game.
This is why our Founding Fathers so disliked democracy!