Re: Demand for Revocation of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting
Dear Mr. Kliment:
I call on the Pulitzer Prize Board to immediately rescind the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting awarded to the staffs of The New York Times and The Washington Post, which was based on false reporting of a non-existent link between the Kremlin and the Trump Campaign. As has been widely publicized, the coverage was no more than a politically motivated farce which attempted to spin a false narrative that my campaign supposedly colluded with Russia despite a complete lack of evidence underpinning this allegation.
When the Board announced the prize, it lauded the recipients “for deeply sourced, relentlessly reported coverage in the public interest that dramatically furthered the nations’ 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.” Specifically, the prize was awarded for a series of articles centered around the now-debunked Russia collusion conspiracy theory. The headlines themselves were extremely sensational and leaned heavily on unsubstantiated anonymous sources. For example, much of the information contained in these articles were credited to “people with knowledge,” “current and former officials,” “some senior U.S. officials,” and other vaguely defined individuals. As a result, the public was deprived of an independent means of assessing their credibility, their potential for political bias, and the source of their knowledge.
For two years, these institutions feverishly pushed one Russia story after another and – despite lacking any credible evidence – attempted to persuade the public that my campaign had colluded with the Russian government. Contemporaneously with that reporting, numerous conservative news outlets and commentators questioned the legitimacy of these reports, exposing the clear logical fallacies contained in their narratives and pointing to the clear lack of evidence underpinning them.
It has since been confirmed that the allegations were false and I have been exonerated of these charges. Most recently, John Durham’s indictment of former cybersecurity attorney and Hillary Clinton Campaign attorney, Michael Sussman, serves as a damning repudiation of the media’s obsession with the collusion story. The indictment pointedly accuses Mr. Sussman of making false statements to the FBI when he presented “evidence” purporting to show secret communications between my organization and the Russia-based Alfa Bank. At the time, Mr. Sussman assured the FBI that he was providing this information of his own accord, and not at the behest of any particular individual or entity. The indictment reveals, however, that Mr. Sussman was working with other Democrats and billing his time to the Clinton campaign. Importantly, the indictment reinforces the falsehood of the Alfa Bank connection, stating that “the FBI’s investigation revealed that the e-mail server at issue was not owned or operated by the Trump Organization but, rather, had been administered by a mass marketing email company that send advertisements for Trump hotels and hundreds of other clients.”
For over a century, the Pulitzer Prize has been widely recognized as a significant achievement in the field of journalism. It has been viewed by many as an honor that is meant to be bestowed upon well-deserving recipients in recognition of their groundbreaking journalistic efforts. This level of reverence carries with it a very important connotation, namely that the reporting itself is inherently deemed credible, well-sourced and trustworthy. Given this powerful presumption, there is a heavy burden to ensure that these works are continuously and closely examined as to the veracity of the information contained therein. When it becomes apparent that a Pulitzer Prize-winning work was based on shoddy, dubious and manifestly false reporting – as is the case here – the Pulitzer Prize Board must react accordingly.
Ultimately, my hope is that the recipients of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting, The New York Times and The Washington Post, will voluntarily surrender this award in light of recent revelations. However, should they fail to do so, I would expect that you will take the necessary steps to rectify the situation, including stripping the recipients of their prize and retracting the false statements which remain on the Pulitzer website. Without holding the recipients to such a high standard of accountability, the integrity of the Pulitzer Prize namesake stands to be wholly compromised.
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Publishers Notes To The Pulitzer Committee:
We second that demand. The President is being generous and diplomatic with you, but we don’t see it the same way he does. He’s not a Journalist, and I never voted for him.
I don’t even need to read this letter, in fact, I have not because I already know what it says without looking. I know why it was written, and I know for a fact that it states a valid claim upon this once August and outstanding committee. Clearly, that ship has long since sailed. Reading it will only serve to piss us off all the more.
Having seen first-hand the evidence that proved the entire Russia-Trump collusion delusion was just that as early as June of 2016 when the origins of the Steele dossier were reported in the news media as having been bought and paid for by Hillary Clinton and the DNC. A story that I saw buried faster than it appeared. Don’t even pretend that you didn’t see it too since like myself it’s your job to watch the news for the very same reasons. It was crystal clear to me then as it is to everyone now, especially to Mr. John Durham that you loudly applauded a hoax that you should have know better than to even entertain as valid news
The message I got from the Pulitzers you handed out like participation trophies at a public witch burning is that you have, nor serve any valid purpose to those of the Journalistic and writing communities. None that I can see. That is the message that you have sent to every Journalist in the world that does own their own integrity and doesn’t have to get it from Time-Warner’s pocket or play the meat puppet, like Don Lemon. A shallow self-serving walkie-talkie of a hollow man whose own company, CNN, lied about this Journalist and this publication to promote the lies of David Hogg. A crime that was further embellished both by Snopes and by fact-checker. Right up until the day that Mr. Hogg went on camera and admitted he lied.
What you did was undermine the credibility of every honest Journalist ever. You have tarnished the prizes given before this and besmirched the reputations of every last person that has ever received a Pulitzer. I told the truth and all we got was crapped on because of your deplorable actions.
As a Code Enforcement Officer, I can’t see how your endorsement of what you should have known better than to touch in the first place, does not border on the wrong side of collusion and or conspiracy to commit treason against the sitting President of the United States of America and against the people themselves. There is no way that you will escape culpability if you choose to continue endorsing a pack of lies such as this.
I personally want to know how all you ace reporters who know so much about everything, how did you not know this? I said it a hundred times in print and you looked the other way to applaud a pack of lies. That to me smacks of collusion.
Now the other way is looking back at you. We at Vegas Valley News demand that you immediately rescind the Pulitzer prizes you awarded to the criminals that wrote those pieces having no excuse whatsoever for not having known the truth then as I did. Do I need to publish the old news articles, or do you all think you can find them on your own now? I think you should do that with much haste.
In light of these facts, coupled as they are with the truth of mega-media news being nothing more than the modern-day version of Payola for the news media, and your loud proud public endorsement of an attempted coup against the President of the United States who happens to be a billionaire, I would strongly suggest you all seek quality legal representation immediately. He only needs one good attorney, whereas you’re going to be needing a lot of them if he decides to prosecute his valid legal claims against you.
Personally, being an unpaid Journalist for almost 5 years now, you sicken me. I pray for you all to get exactly what you deserve from this and so much more. I only pray that they don’t hang you all with the leadership of this coup because I hate participation trophies I prefer to earn mine so they have actual meaning. Unlike the Pulitzer’s you gave out for a bunch of coordinated lies that you had to have known was nothing more than that.