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Dem Fatcats’ Media Front Gets A Pulitzer

From an approving Associated Press:

New media recognized in Pulitzer competition

By Adam Goldman, Associated Press Writer

April 13, 2010

NEW YORK – When the Pulitzer board handed out the most important prizes in journalism, The New York Times and The Washington Post topped the list of winners and finalists — as usual.

But they were joined for the first time by a trio of new media publications that scored unprecedented recognition in a competition long dominated by newspapers.

On Monday, judges awarded the nonprofit ProPublica, in collaboration with The New York Times Magazine, a Pulitzer in investigative reporting for a 13,000-word story on the life-and-death decisions made by New Orleans doctors during Hurricane Katrina.

"It is a validation," said Stephen Engelberg, managing editor for the more than two-year-old ProPublica that’s based in Manhattan and has only 32 employees. "To be recognized by your peers is an honor and it sort of says to the rest of the group: "Yes, they’re here. They’re real. They are doing very serious journalism.’"

ProPublica is bankrolled by charitable foundations, staffed by veteran journalists, and devoted to doing the kind of investigative journalism projects many newspapers have found too expensive. It offers many of its stories to traditional news organizations, free of charge

The Pulitzers are regarded as the most prestigious awards in U.S. journalism and are given out annually by Columbia University on the recommendation of a board of distinguished journalists and others. Each Pulitzer carries a $10,000 prize, except for the public service award, which is a gold medal…

The Washington Post received four Pulitzers — for international reporting on Iraq, feature writing, commentary and criticism. The New York Times won three — for national reporting, for explanatory reporting and for investigative reporting. The paper collaborated with ProPublica on the Hurricane Katrina story which was published in the magazine…

This article is Pulitzer worthy material itself. The reporter artfully manages to avoid telling his benighted readers anything about ProPublica, which is nothing but a propaganda factory for the Democrat party.

Indeed, ProPublica is the brainchild of the notorious Democrat fatcats Herbert and Marion Sandler. The Sandlers have committed $10 million a year to the project.

As we have noted previously, Herb and Marion Sandler are the co-founders of Golden West Financial Corp. They used their ill gotten gains ($25 billion) from their (highly shady) sale of Golden West to Wachovia to launch an uncountable army of DNC 527s and other front groups.

In 2004 the Sandlers gave $13 million to anti-Bush 527s alone, which was good enough to get them ranked as the fourth largest donors in that election cycle. (After George Soros, Peter Lewis and Stephen Bing.)

Here is how the Sandlers got started on their career of bankrolling radical left fronts, according to the bio, “Her Way: The Hopes and Ambitions of Hillary Rodham Clinton,” by the New York Times reporters Jeff Gerth and Don van Natta, Jr., pp 313-14:

The War Room

Just as 1992’s election inspired conservatives like Scaife to get involved, the 2000 election was a wake-up call to some wealthy liberals about the reach and influence of the other side’s information infrastructure. One of those who responded was Herb Sandler, who, in concert with his wife, Marion, is an enthusiastic supporter of left-leaning causes. At the time, the Sandlers ran World Savings, one of the nation’s leading savings and loans. Sandler was determined to create an ideological counterweight to conservative think tanks like the Heritage Foundation. From their base in Oakland, California, the couple tried to apply tough-minded business-management techniques to progressive philanthropy.

[John Podesta, the last chief of staff to President Clinton] agreed to head up the new entity, and Sandler became the organization’s largest donor. Another billionaire supporter of leftist causes, George Soros, also kicked in financial support.

The new tax-exempt group opened its doors in downtown Washington in 2003 as the Center for American Progress

Herb and Marion Sandler have gone on to fund a large number of other hard left front groups, including Media Matters for America, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), and Air America.

And, lest we forget, the Sandlers are such proponents of free speech that they threatened to sue NBC for using their names in a sketch about the bank bailout. (Needless to say, NBC immediately capitulated and cut them out of every surviving clip of the sketch.)

So this is the "new media" that the Pulitzer committee has decided to celebrate for their unbiased and objective ‘investigative journalism.’

Meanwhile, where is the National Enquirer’s Pulitzer for their reportage on the John Edwards sex scandal? Oh, that’s right. He’s a Democrat.

There really are two Americas.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, April 13th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “Dem Fatcats’ Media Front Gets A Pulitzer”

  1. canary

    I guess anyone can create and hand out pulitzers. You can get trophies & plaques pretty cheap these days.

    Can’t remember, didn’t Sweetness – Light post an article on some party Sandlers had, that liberal news paid to attend.

  2. chainsaw

    Pulitzer was the most skillful of newspaper publishers, a passionate crusader against dishonest government, a fierce, hawk-like competitor who did not shrink from sensationalism in circulation struggles, and a visionary who richly endowed his profession.

    Joseph Pulitzer has joined Alfred Nobel in wondering where the rotten rat taste came from.

  3. GetBackJack

    When I see the word Pulitzer, I think Roxanne. And deviancy, corruption, obligatory overdosing on ten kinds of felony drugs, lesbianism, French Horns, and most importantly to the Pulitzer Clan …. rampant incest.

    The liberal agenda is self-congratulatory masturbation with self-inflated titles and awards handed out by intellectual dimwits to hacks with less conscience or concept of right and wrong as a glow worm.

    I couldn’t care less about anything with the title Pulitzer or Nobel attached to it.

  4. proreason

    All awards now are political awards.

    Looks like the commies took them over as a side action while brainwashing the media.

  5. Liberals Demise

    Add this next to the Nobel Piece Prize.

    Can you say “worthless”?


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