The very first Pulitzer Prize was awarded in 1917.
Since then, the Pulitzer Prize established a reputation for going to writers and other creators of the arts who meet top-level criteria. These criteria include exemplary public service, top-notch journalism, and other industry-based accomplishments.
However, the Pulitzer Prize is losing the reputation it’s maintained for decades on end. In real-time, the Pulitzer Prize Board is under fire for granting an award to journalists with the New York Times back in 2018.
As it turns out, these journalists were proven guilty of spreading outright lies about former President Trump, along with peddling the debunked narrative of Russian collusion during the 2016 election.
Yet, in spite of this, the Pulitzer Prize Board is defending its decision, rather than walking it back.
Not a Good Look
The Times journalists who were awarded the Pulitzer Prize four years ago peddled information that the Justice Department and various investigations proved as demonstrably false.
Naturally, this led to scrutiny regarding the Pulitzer Prize Board’s decision to commend these reporters. Over the weekend, the group was clear that it has no intention of revoking the awards or even apologizing for issuing them in the first place.
Even as media credibility craters, Pulitzers are doubling down on the awards they gave to propagandists for perpetrating the false, dangerous, and damaging Russia collusion hoax. https://t.co/gJuRpV5b6c
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) July 18, 2022
Instead, the Pulitzer Prize Board put out a statement, expressing that formal complaints regarding its awards go through a certain internal process. At the same time, the group also informed that nothing written by these journalists was proven to be incorrect, following their being granted the Pulitzer Prize.
This is the conclusion the board reached after reviewing various complaints submitted by former President Trump concerning these awards.
Significant Public Backlash
With the Pulitzer Prize Board doubling down on its 2018 decision, the public hasn’t hesitated to weigh in with their thoughts.
Many social media users suggested the board’s response ultimately weakens the value and esteem once associated with the Pulitzer Prize. Others suggested that the board should have nonfiction vs. fiction categories when awarding those in journalism.
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The 2018 Russian Hoax Pulitzer Prizes – Will Not Be Recalled. 🤡
“no passages or headlines, contentions or assertions in any of the winning submissions were discredited by facts that emerged subsequent to the conferral of the prizes.” https://t.co/KRqrPphqBM
— Rasmussen Reports (@Rasmussen_Poll) July 19, 2022
Even the statement from the Pulitzer Prize Board was widely slammed as dishonest. The investigation by then-Special Counsel Robert Mueller alone proved that what the New York Times journalists wrote just wasn’t accurate.
All things considered, the Pulitzer Prize Board can expect Americans to remember this next time it chooses to hand out awards.