Pulitzers for blow jobs.

I’m not sure that Joseph Pulitzer would be proud of this year’s winners.

The Detroit Free Press:

For a distinguished example of reporting on significant issues of local concern, demonstrating originality and community expertise, in print or online or both, Ten thousand dollars $10,000.

Awarded to Detroit Free Press Staff, and notably Jim Schaefer and M.L. Elrick, for their uncovering of a pattern of lies by Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick that included denial of a sexual relationship with his female chief of staff, prompting an investigation of perjury that eventually led to jail terms for the two officials.

via The Pulitzer Prizes | Citation.

and the New York Times:

For a distinguished example of local reporting of breaking news, with special emphasis on the speed and accuracy of the initial coverage, presented in print or online or both, Ten thousand dollars ($10,000).

Awarded to The New York Times Staff for its swift and sweeping coverage of a sex scandal that resulted in the resignation of Gov. Eliot Spitzer, breaking the story on its Web site and then developing it with authoritative, rapid-fire reports.

via The Pulitzer Prizes | Citation.

Two stories about sex. Not exactly what the man set out to do as a journalist interested in a press that was supposed to give us the tools to a stronger Republic:

In May 1904, writing in The North American Review in support of his proposal for the founding of a school of journalism, Pulitzer summarized his credo: “Our Republic and its press will rise or fall together. An able, disinterested, public-spirited press, with trained intelligence to know the right and courage to do it, can preserve that public virtue without which popular government is a sham and a mockery. A cynical, mercenary, demagogic press will produce in time a people as base as itself. The power to mould the future of the Republic will be in the hands of the journalists of future generations.”

via The Pulitzer Prizes | Pulitzer biography.

Rome fell when those in power became more concerned with their bacchanalia than their democracy. It would seem the United States is on the same path.

My father said that Bill Clinton blew it when first asked about his extra-marital expeditions. The answer, according to Pops, was to face his questioners and say “Gentlemen don’t tell, and gentlemen don’t ask, when it comes to these matters” and stopped the proceedings right there.

If being moral had anything to do with being elected in the first place, we wouldn’t be in the mess we’re in. In the end, I’m less interested in who the politicians are having sex with- than with whom they’ve been screwing wholesale, of which you, gentle reader, and I, have been on the receiving end, without lube, for quite some time.

As long as this is the pinnacle of journalism- we’re going to continue to get screwed.

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