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‘Freezer’ Times-Picayune Wins Pulitzer Prize

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:

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.

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, which reflects the cool headed objective reporting the T-P displayed throughout the Katrina emergency.

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

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, April 17th, 2006. Comments are currently closed.

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