The Early April Quest for the Pulitzer Prize in Terrible Journalism

It would seem to me that as a journalist it is important to investigate stories, check the facts and give the public as accurate information as possible. It would seem that journalists would report on substance, rather than how a candidate looks in a swimsuit. This, however, is not the press we have come to know. So far, the month of April has been filled with terrible journalism.

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This month, rather than investigate a big story on a potential Wal-Mart policy shift that could affect millions of women's health, the New York Times wrote a fluff piece on the company's "lessons in self-help." It is shame that the big story was on my blog and that the fluff piece was done by the New York Times. If it had been the other way around it might have actually changed people's lives.

This month, the AP and CNN distorted the nature of the "Swift Boat Veterans for Truth." Both sources repeated the "Swift Boat Veterans for Truth's" attacks on John Kerry, without acknowledging that the group was slanderous to say the least.

And last Thursday, Katie Couric and CBS joined the throngs of journalists and corporate owned media outlets competing for the Pulitzer Prize in Terrible, Apathetic and Horribly Deceptive Journalism. As Media Matters reported Couric repeated thoroughlydebunked" rumors that Obama had gone to a madrassa as a child. She actually had the nerve to ask, "Is America ready to elect a president who grew up praying in a mosque?" If she had read his autobiography, which I recommend, she would have known just how bogus this "question" is.

The New York Times was lazy. The AP and CNN should have known better. Katie Couric should read a book. They all have a lot to learn about good journalism. They could start by ceasing to repeat utter hogwash. They could learn a lesson from NPR and try to crack open another scandal like Attorneygate. I'll leave it to you to choose who wins the Pulitzer Prize in Terrible Journalism.

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