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'40 Bodies In Freezer' Paper Wins Pulitzer
Sweetness & Light ^ | April 17, 2006 | N/A

Posted on 04/17/2006 2:23:30 PM PDT by Sam Hill

Yep, the "newspaper" which gave us so many drama queen stories about Katrina that turned out to be woefully inaccurate wins the top prize in US journalism.

Kind of tells you something, doesn't it?

From Saudi-owned Reuters [excerpted]:

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Jim Amoss (L), Editor of the Times-Picayune newspaper, congratulates publisher Ashton Phelps, Jr. after learning the paper won two Pulitzer Prizes in New Orleans April 17, 2006. The Times-Picayune of New Orleans and The Sun Herald of Biloxi, Mississippi, shared the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for excellent coverage of Hurricane Katrina. The Times-Picayune also won the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Reporting for its coverage of Katrina.

Storm-hit newspapers win Pulitzer 

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Times-Picayune of New Orleans and The Sun Herald of Biloxi, Mississippi, shared the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for excellent coverage of Hurricane Katrina even as their staff and offices were hard-hit by the devastating storm, it was announced on Monday.

The Pulitzer Prize, the top U.S. journalism award, went to the Times-Picayune "for its heroic, multifaceted coverage of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, making exceptional use of the newspaper's resources to serve an inundated city," said the statement by the Pulitzer Prize Board.

The Times-Picayune also won the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Reporting for its coverage of Katrina. The 90th annual prizes were announced at Columbia University.

The New Orleans newspaper's offices and plant were flooded, and many of its staffers were left homeless when the levees broke during the August 29 storm. Much of the staff was forced to evacuate the city...

But the important things is that the Times-Picayune managed to get so many of their lies into the public's conscious. And that is what the Pulitzer Committee is surely rewarding.

Behold just one example of the Times-Picayune's Pulitzer Prize winning reportage:

Bodies found piled in freezer at Convention Center

By Brian Thevenot
Staff writer

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Arkansas National Guardsman Mikel Brooks stepped through the food service entrance of the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center Monday, flipped on the light at the end of his machine gun, and started pointing out bodies.

"Don’t step in that blood - it’s contaminated," he said. "That one with his arm sticking up in the air, he’s an old man."

Then he shined the light on the smaller human figure under the white sheet next to the elderly man.

"That’s a kid," he said. "There’s another one in the freezer, a 7-year-old with her throat cut."

He moved on, walking quickly through the darkness, pulling his camouflage shirt to his face to screen out the overwhelming odor.

"There’s an old woman," he said, pointing to a wheelchair covered by a sheet. "I escorted her in myself. And that old man got bludgeoned to death," he said of the body lying on the floor next to the wheelchair.

Brooks and several other Guardsmen said they had seen between 30 and 40 more bodies in the Convention Center’s freezer. "It’s not on, but at least you can shut the door," said fellow Guardsman Phillip Thompson.

As even we here suspected at the time, it was all a lie. Like so many of their Katrina stories.

The front page of the Times-Picayune's September 2, 2005 edition.

But they did their masters' bidding, so they get the prize.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: belongsinbloggers; conventioncenter; goebbelswouldbeproud; katrina; lyingliars; makingitup; mediabias; neworleans; nola; nolaflood; pulitzer; pulitzerprize; superdome; thebiglie; timespicayune; waronerror; welcomeforumnazis; wrongforum; yellowjournalism
We really can thank the T-P for so much of the misinformation that the public now believes about Katrina.

Congrats, guys!

1 posted on 04/17/2006 2:23:32 PM PDT by Sam Hill
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To: Howlin; Deb; kcvl; Mo1; Enchante; nopardons; veronica; KJC1; stocksthatgoup; mewzilla; backhoe; ...

A "our one party media rewards its own" ping!


2 posted on 04/17/2006 2:24:52 PM PDT by Sam Hill
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To: Sam Hill

They give Pulitzers for creative writing? Learn something new everyday.


3 posted on 04/17/2006 2:25:55 PM PDT by Jaded (The truthshall set you free, but lying to yourself turns you French.)
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To: Jaded

They do for novels...


4 posted on 04/17/2006 2:26:21 PM PDT by Borges
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To: Sam Hill

LOL. I've see a few of the awards. It emerges that there are some consistent criteria: be on the scene of something and then misinform about what is happening, or tell some really big lies about this Administration.


5 posted on 04/17/2006 2:26:38 PM PDT by Bahbah (Harry Reid is a Liar;Ted Kennedy is a BIG FAT Liar: edited by tiredoflaundry)
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To: Sam Hill
The Pulitzers have a new way of dispensing their prizes:


6 posted on 04/17/2006 2:27:33 PM PDT by Grampa Dave (There's a dwindling market for Marxist homosexual lunatic wet dreams posing as journalism)
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To: Bahbah

see=seen. I can conjugate, I just don't type well.


7 posted on 04/17/2006 2:27:33 PM PDT by Bahbah (Harry Reid is a Liar;Ted Kennedy is a BIG FAT Liar: edited by tiredoflaundry)
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To: abb; Liz; george76; martin_fierro; Sam Hill

This prize based on wet dream lies, is another example of why the fish wraps in America are going down the drain.


8 posted on 04/17/2006 2:29:27 PM PDT by Grampa Dave (There's a dwindling market for Marxist homosexual lunatic wet dreams posing as journalism)
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To: Sam Hill

It's not the accuracy of the reporting, it's the seriousness of the charge.


9 posted on 04/17/2006 2:30:25 PM PDT by SittinYonder (That's how I saw it, and see it still.)
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To: Sam Hill; frogjerk


Frog, do me a favor and post that picture of tripe on this thread...where it is more appropriate in regards to the propaganda rag that one the pulitzer...


10 posted on 04/17/2006 2:31:47 PM PDT by in hoc signo vinces ("Houston, TX...a waiting quagmire for jihadis. American gals are worth fighting for!")
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To: Sam Hill

Yeah, and that vile Wash. Post reporter Robin Givhans, who writes about "fashion" i.e. slams Laura Bush, won one as well. BARF...


11 posted on 04/17/2006 2:32:16 PM PDT by veronica ("A person needs a sense of mission like the air he breathes...")
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To: Bahbah
I can conjugate

Is it legal to conjugate on the internet?

:-)

12 posted on 04/17/2006 2:32:37 PM PDT by Dog (We have had a date with destiny and Iran for 27 years---appealof2)
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To: Sam Hill

PUBLIC SERVICE
Two Prizes: The Sun Herald, Biloxi, Miss.

The Times-Picayune, New Orleans, La.

BREAKING NEWS REPORTING
Staff of The Times-Picayune, New Orleans, La.

INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING
Susan Schmidt, James V. Grimaldi and R. Jeffrey Smith of The Washington Post

EXPLANATORY REPORTING
David Finkel of The Washington Post

BEAT REPORTING
Dana Priest of The Washington Post

NATIONAL REPORTING
Two Prizes: James Risen and Eric Lichtblau of The New York Times

Staffs of The San Diego Union-Tribune and Copley News Service

INTERNATIONAL REPORTING
Joseph Kahn and Jim Yardley of The New York Times

FEATURE WRITING
Jim Sheeler of the Rocky Mountain News, Denver, Colo.

COMMENTARY
Nicholas D. Kristof of The New York Times

CRITICISM
Robin Givhan of The Washington Post

EDITORIAL WRITING
Rick Attig and Doug Bates of The Oregonian, Portland

EDITORIAL CARTOONING
Mike Luckovich of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

BREAKING NEWS PHOTOGRAPHY
Staff of The Dallas Morning News

FEATURE PHOTOGRAPHY
Todd Heisler of the Rocky Mountain News, Denver, Colo.






FICTION
March by Geraldine Brooks (Viking)

DRAMA
No Award

HISTORY
Polio: An American Story by David M. Oshinsky (Oxford University Press)

BIOGRAPHY
American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin (Alfred A. Knopf)

POETRY
Late Wife by Claudia Emerson (Louisiana State University Press)

GENERAL NON-FICTION
Imperial Reckoning: The Untold Story of Britain's Gulag in Kenya by Caroline Elkins (Henry Holt)

MUSIC
Piano Concerto: 'Chiavi in Mano' by Yehudi Wyner (Associated Music Publishers)


SPECIAL CITATIONS
Edmund S. Morgan

Thelonious Monk


13 posted on 04/17/2006 2:32:48 PM PDT by Borges
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To: Sam Hill

I must be gettin old..... I remember when winning a Pulitzer meant something.


14 posted on 04/17/2006 2:33:13 PM PDT by Ben Mugged (labor unions are socialism's shock troops)
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To: Timesink; martin_fierro; reformed_democrat; Loyalist; =Intervention=; PianoMan; GOPJ; ...

Media Schadenfreude and Media Shenanigans PING


15 posted on 04/17/2006 2:33:19 PM PDT by weegee ("CBS NEWS? Is that show still on?" - freedomson)
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To: Timesink; martin_fierro; reformed_democrat; Loyalist; =Intervention=; PianoMan; GOPJ; ...

Media Schadenfreude and Media Shenanigans PING


16 posted on 04/17/2006 2:33:26 PM PDT by weegee ("CBS NEWS? Is that show still on?" - freedomson)
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To: Sam Hill

There's no truth in the news, and no news in the truth...


17 posted on 04/17/2006 2:33:51 PM PDT by sionnsar (†trad-anglican.faithweb.com† | Iran Azadi 2006 | SONY: 5yst3m 0wn3d - it's N0t Y0urs)
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To: Grampa Dave

"It's a red salmon" - Mayor "Say Hey" Ray Nagin


18 posted on 04/17/2006 2:34:24 PM PDT by battlegearboat
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To: Dog
Is it legal to conjugate on the internet?

LOL. I don't know. Could try it and see what happens, I guess. If it will improve my typing, I'd be willing to consider it.

19 posted on 04/17/2006 2:34:32 PM PDT by Bahbah (Harry Reid is a Liar;Ted Kennedy is a BIG FAT Liar: edited by tiredoflaundry)
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To: Borges

They have really taken the prestige out of this award haven't they?


20 posted on 04/17/2006 2:36:37 PM PDT by MissEdie
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To: Sam Hill

Think their new moto should be "News that's Fit to Invent", how about you?


21 posted on 04/17/2006 2:37:55 PM PDT by MissEdie
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To: Sam Hill
Hey, hey, HEY! I will not sit by silently while you impugn the Times-Picayune! The Times has been wrapping seafood in New Orleans-area seafood markets for decades, and will continue to do so for years to come! Its paper has excllent tensile strength, and doesn't fall apart when it gets wet!

That, and the sports section is generally reliable!

22 posted on 04/17/2006 2:38:47 PM PDT by Gordongekko909 (I know. Let's cut his WHOLE BODY off.)
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To: Ben Mugged
I must be gettin old..... I remember when winning a Pulitzer meant something.

Has the Pewlitzer been cheapened or is it that we know a lot more that the MSM don't want us to know because of the Internet?

23 posted on 04/17/2006 2:38:52 PM PDT by magslinger (Every time taxes are raised, a liberal gets his wings. John Kass)
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To: Grampa Dave

I'm reliably told that the TP's advertising revenue issue is "challenging" to use a quaint euphemism that was used earlier. They've got a long way to go to get back to profitability....


24 posted on 04/17/2006 2:40:28 PM PDT by abb (Because News Reporting is too important to be left to the Journalists.)
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To: Sam Hill

It is predictable that the Times-Picayune would get a Pulitzer
as an expression of sympathy masquerading as an award for excellence.


25 posted on 04/17/2006 2:40:55 PM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: Sam Hill

Giving the Pulitzer to these guys is a bit like giving the Academy Award to the Brokeback Mounting. It doesnt mean a thing any more , just political BS by those handing it out.


26 posted on 04/17/2006 2:44:12 PM PDT by sgtbono2002
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To: sgtbono2002

Except BM didn't get the Academy Award...


27 posted on 04/17/2006 2:45:14 PM PDT by Borges
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To: Borges

I guess that shows you how much I care. It was up for it wasnt it.?

Academy awards, Pulitzers, Nobel Peace prizes. Oh how the mighty have fallen.


28 posted on 04/17/2006 2:50:47 PM PDT by sgtbono2002
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To: sgtbono2002

I like your comment. So we can say the Pulitzer Prize is now the Brokeback Prize in creative fiction posing as news.


29 posted on 04/17/2006 2:51:39 PM PDT by Grampa Dave (There's a dwindling market for Marxist homosexual lunatic wet dreams posing as journalism)
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To: Sam Hill
The Pulitzer Prize is nothing but a bunch of Main Stream Media liberals self congratulating left wing news organizations.

How can a media whore like the Jayson Blair New York Times win any kind of award when their reporting is mostly fake but accurate.

The Pulitzer may be big to some but it and $1.59 will get you a cup of coffee at Star Butts.
30 posted on 04/17/2006 2:52:37 PM PDT by OKIEDOC (There's nothing like hearing someone say thank you for your help.)
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To: sgtbono2002
No it lost to Crash. Best Picture winners on the whole are far less offensive then you may think. The old fashioned films tend to win most of the time.
31 posted on 04/17/2006 2:53:10 PM PDT by Borges
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To: Sam Hill
Pulitzer ??

Putzer prize is more like it


32 posted on 04/17/2006 2:54:39 PM PDT by xcamel (Press to Test, Release to Detonate)
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To: Grampa Dave

Here ya go, Dave. The trend is your friend...

http://www.tradingmarkets.com/tm.site/news/Earnings%20Estimate%20Change/223563/


33 posted on 04/17/2006 2:54:42 PM PDT by abb (Because News Reporting is too important to be left to the Journalists.)
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To: Sam Hill

Looks like the Pulitzer has about as much credibility as the Nobel Peace Prize.


34 posted on 04/17/2006 3:04:51 PM PDT by Txsleuth
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To: Sam Hill

I think it was NOLA that was the good guy.


35 posted on 04/17/2006 3:08:18 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Proud soldier in the American Army of Occupation..)
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To: Sam Hill
They can win prizes ... but it won't make their subscriptions go up

Why .. because people are sick of the lies that are printed
36 posted on 04/17/2006 3:21:20 PM PDT by Mo1 ("Stupidity is also a gift from God, but it should not be abused." Pope John Paul II)
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To: Mo1

Here's another one from the Pulitzer Prize-winning reporters of the T-P:

"In St. Bernard, 22 bodies were found lashed together. Officials surmised the drowning victims had tried to stay together to keep themselves from being washed away in the storm."

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10167.htm

Never mind that this too was completely untrue:

Good journalists keep digging till they unearth the truth | TheNewsTribune.com | Tacoma, WA

"Immediately after the hurricane a story was widely published quoting St. Bernard Parish Sheriff Jack Stevens, who said 22 people had been found dead near Violet, La., lashed together by a single rope. In November a Knight Ridder reporter established that the claim was completely untrue."

http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/columnists/zeeck/story/5445117p-4915990c.html

I never saw the Times-Picayune retract this lie either.

Instead it got plastered all over the media. Most people probably believe it was true.


37 posted on 04/17/2006 3:42:03 PM PDT by Sam Hill
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To: Txsleuth
But imagine how burned Shemp Smith and this guy must feel:


38 posted on 04/17/2006 3:55:32 PM PDT by Sam Hill
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To: Sam Hill

I gotta tell you....I saw Shep reporting about this...and he was almost as excited as he was while standing on the freeway screaming for help....pffffft


39 posted on 04/17/2006 4:04:42 PM PDT by Txsleuth
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To: Sam Hill
Instead it got plastered all over the media. Most people probably believe it was true.

Katrina is up there with Iraq on the worse reporting ever

40 posted on 04/17/2006 4:40:55 PM PDT by Mo1 ("Stupidity is also a gift from God, but it should not be abused." Pope John Paul II)
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To: Mo1

It's all about Bush bashing. Bash Bush, win a prize, (but not elections...:)


41 posted on 04/17/2006 4:55:34 PM PDT by veronica ("A person needs a sense of mission like the air he breathes...")
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To: magslinger
Has the Pewlitzer been cheapened or is it that we know a lot more that the MSM don't want us to know because of the Internet?

A bit of both maybe. Mark Twain freely admitted that some of the travel letters he passed off to newpapers as truth was stuff he made up.

42 posted on 04/17/2006 5:01:53 PM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (Ditch the 1967 Outer Space Treaty! I want my own space bar and grill)
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To: Sam Hill

This is an outrage. Old media ... die.


43 posted on 04/17/2006 5:04:34 PM PDT by BunnySlippers
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To: Sam Hill

Why aren't the people sitting behind her hysterical, too?

44 posted on 04/17/2006 5:07:54 PM PDT by Moonman62 (Federal creed: If it moves tax it. If it keeps moving regulate it. If it stops moving subsidize it)
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To: weegee

Thanks for the ping.


45 posted on 04/17/2006 7:54:09 PM PDT by GOPJ (Tolerance of evil is not virtue)
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To: in hoc signo vinces
Your wish is my command...
46 posted on 04/18/2006 6:07:55 AM PDT by frogjerk (LIBERALISM: The perpetual insulting of common sense.)
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To: frogjerk


Thanks!


47 posted on 04/18/2006 6:13:06 AM PDT by in hoc signo vinces ("Houston, TX...a waiting quagmire for jihadis. American gals are worth fighting for!")
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