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Duranty Update: Pulitzer admits precedent that would withdraw Duranty prize from New York Times
Insight ^ | July 17, 2003 | John Berlau

Posted on 07/18/2003 9:50:05 AM PDT by Tailgunner Joe

In this week's Insight cover story ("Duranty's Deception," July 22-Aug. 4) and in other articles on the campaign to take away New York Times correspondent Walter Duranty's 1932 Pulitzer Prize for reporting on the Soviet Union because it has been proved to be deliberately fraudulent, it has been written that no Pulitzer has ever been revoked or withdrawn. It is stated that the Washington Post returned the Pulitzer awarded Janet Cooke in 1981, but that no action was taken by the Pulitzer Prize board. "Although the Pulitzer has never been revoked, it was once returned," said the Associated Press in a story about the Duranty controversy in June.

The earlier report was based on a comment from the Pulitzer board, but Insight now has confirmed that the board did indeed withdraw Cooke's Pulitzer Prize, setting a possible precedent for action that could be taken in the Duranty case. And it should be noted that the Post story on April 16, 1981, revealing that Cooke had made up "Jimmy," the 8-year-old heroin addict who was the subject of her Pulitzer-winning series, opens with this lead paragraph: "The Pulitzer Prize Committee withdrew [emphasis added] its feature-writing prize from Washington Post reporter Janet Cooke yesterday after she admitted that her award-winning story was a fabrication."

After Insight brought this story to the attention of Sig Gissler, administrator of the Pulitzer Prizes, he looked into the matter and turned up a 1981 Pulitzer press release. The release, faxed to Insight, says that while the Post did reveal to the Pulitzer committee that Cooke fabricated her source, it was the board that made the decision to withdraw the Pulitzer.

"The Post's executive editor, Benjamin C. Bradlee, sent a telegram to members of the Board saying that Miss Cooke could not accept the award and resigned from the newspaer," says the 1981 press release from Columbia University, which administers the Pulitzer Prize. "The Board withdrew her prize. It was the first time in the 65-year history of the Pulitzer Prizes that an award was withdrawn because a story was false."

Gissler tells Insight that after Bradlee sent his telegram the members of the Pulitzer board immediately were polled by telephone and decided to withdraw the award. Gissler downplays the discrepancy, saying that whether the prize was returned or withdrawn is "largely a difference of semantics." And he still maintains that this is not the same as revoking the award, as critics of Duranty are asking the board to do regarding the 1932 Pulitzer, since Cooke technically had not accepted the prize.

But to Michael Sawkiw Jr., president of the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America, which is particularly critical of Duranty's cover-up of Josef Stalin's intentional starvation of the Ukraine in the 1930s, this new revelation means that a precedent has been set as to how the Pulitzer Prize board deals with fraudulent reporting when it is exposed concerning a prizewinner. He contends that the same standards applied to Cooke ought to be applied to Duranty. "This does set a precedent for the false reporting of Walter Duranty, who, along with his newspaper, was in league with Josef Stalin," Sawkiw said.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events; Russia
KEYWORDS: duranty; nyt; pulitzer

1 posted on 07/18/2003 9:50:06 AM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
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To: Tailgunner Joe
The Washington Post had the integrity to admit their story was fraudulent. Where is the N.Y.Times? The old grey lady is a whore.
2 posted on 07/18/2003 9:55:15 AM PDT by EricT.
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C'mon, have some class...
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3 posted on 07/18/2003 9:56:56 AM PDT by Support Free Republic (Your support keeps Free Republic going strong!)
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To: EricT.
Excellent point. Pressure should be put on the Times and on the Pulitzer Prize Board, simultaneously. The Times should be publicly and deliberately humiliated until it notifies the Board that the Duranty coverage was false. The Board should be publicly humiliated until it withdraws the prize.

And if it turns out that the Pulitzer Board turns honest by withdrawing the prize before the Times turns honest by asking that to be done, why that's just one more proof that the Leopard of the Left has not changed its spots, even though someone new is now Raining on its parade.

Congressman Billybob

4 posted on 07/18/2003 10:01:43 AM PDT by Congressman Billybob ("Don't just stand there. Run for Congress." www.ArmorforCongress.com)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
The earlier report was based on a comment from the Pulitzer board, but ...

So the Pulitzer board emitted a false statement, then let it stand on public record for several weeks, and finally retracted it only when confronted by careful research which demonstrated the contrary.

It sounds as if there is a "credibility gap" fully developed with the Pulitzer board itself...

5 posted on 07/18/2003 10:31:46 AM PDT by SteveH
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To: Tailgunner Joe
If The New York Times had any class, it would just give the award back the way the Washington Post did. If the New York Times had any class...
6 posted on 07/18/2003 11:46:53 AM PDT by Question_Assumptions
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To: Tailgunner Joe
The University of Columbia's Professor of Journalism, Siggy Giisler, says that it is a matter of semantics related to how the WP writer lost her Pulitzer Prize for writing a false story. Oceans of gibberish have been printed by the Pulitzer managers about whether the award was revoked, withdrawn or returned. What kind of garbage is this! The woman wrote lies and lost her prize.

It's a lot easier to be discredited when the WP reporter lies about local issues like black kids on heroin than when a NYT reporter supports a murderous regime that is popular with the elite US communists. Duranty lied to cover up the communist murder of millions but his employers and the shills at Columbia University refuse to cede defeat or acknowledge they have been discredited. They love Duranty's lies as much as they loved the traitor Alger Hiss.

How many red diaper babies teach/pollute Columbia University which is the seat of the Pulitzer Prize?
7 posted on 07/18/2003 5:51:16 PM PDT by HISSKGB
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