Pulitzer Rejects Requests to Revoke New York Times, Washington Post Award For Russiagate Reporting

The board for the Pulitzer Prize announced it would not fulfill multiple requests, including from former President Donald Trump, to rescind a joint prize it had given to the New York Times and Washington Post for their "reporting" on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Pulitzer, the most prestigious award in journalism, conducted two “independent reviews” to reaffirm its decision to award the outlets. And that's despite the Pulitzer-winning articles containing significant factual errors.

RealClearInvestigations documented some of the falsehoods, including a dubiously reported interaction between the Trump campaign and senior Russian intelligence officials:

What did the “independent reviews” make of these contradictions? We can't say for certain because the board responded to an inquiry from RealClear to say it would not make its reviews public.

In other words, Pulitzer is sticking to its conviction and won't have any further conversation about it. The hell with transparency.

Trump released the following statement about the decision:

So, the Pulitzer Prize is of diminished credibility. It's become an exclusive club that awards only within.

The New York Times and Washington Post are in that club, thus the credence of their reporting shall not be a factor.

The action by the board is further proof that the truth doesn't matter, especially in media. The truth ought to never interfere with partisan gain. Journalism has devalued the truth. We wrote a column about this development on Tuesday.

There is no accountability for recklessly reporting on the topic of Russiagate. There's instead a Pulitzer Prize for it.

Keep that in mind, aspiring reporters.

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