I’m intrigued by the New York Times’ Pulitzers, specifically the one for investigative reporting by David Barstow.
Here’s the citation from the Pulitzer’s Web site on Barstow’s award-winning investigation:
Awarded to David Barstow of The New York Times for his tenacious reporting that revealed how some retired generals, working as radio and television analysts, had been co-opted by the Pentagon to make its case for the war in Iraq, and how many of them also had undisclosed ties to companies that benefited from policies they defended.
Here’s the thing, I’m like many casual everyday citizens that don’t really care for the Pulitzers or any other journalism/arts related award unless I’m in the running. While these are the most prestigious of journalism awards, they still only reach a specific niche in our nation — journalists.
So there’s a lot left to wonder when every Pulitzer is dissected in the mainstream media on TV, in print and online while one story is ignored.
Salon.com’s Glenn Greenwald gives a great synopsis of how the TV networks have virtually ignored Barstow’s investigation into their own wrongdoing. It’s the pinnacle of hypocrisy. Here’s a bit of what he wrote:
The outright refusal of any of these “news organizations” even to mention what Barstow uncovered about the Pentagon’s propaganda program and the way it infected their coverage is one of the most illuminating events revealing how they operate. So transparently corrupt and journalistically disgraceful is their blackout of this story that even Howard Kurtz and Politico — that’s Howard Kurtz and Politico — lambasted them for this concealment. Meaningful criticisms of media stars from media critic (and CNN star) Howie Kurtz is about as rare as prosecutions for politically powerful lawbreakers in America, yet this is what he said about the television media’s suppression of Barstow’s story: “their coverage of this important issue has been pathetic.”
I think you should read Greenwald’s story. It illuminates the problem better than I ever could.