The Pulitzer Prizes have become a joke. Of course, there is a long history of disgrace, such as the Pulitzer awarded to Walter Durranty of the New York Times, who assisted Stalin in supressing news of the slaughter—by—intentional—famine of millions in the Ukraine.
The latest chapter of Pulitzer disgrace is chronicled in The Autonomist, in painstaking detail. It is the award to New Orleans Times—Picayune reporters who couldn't keep their story straight about the wake of Katrina.
It is time for open derision of anyone who lists a Pulitzer as if it were an honor. They are becoming the journalistic equivalent of a Darwin Award.
Thomas Lifson 9 21 06