The Pulitzer Board once again rejected former president Donald Trump’s request for the joint Pulitzer prizes awarded to the New York Times and Washington Post for their reporting on Trump’s so-called collusion with the Kremlin.
On three separate occasions since 2018, when the prizes were awarded, Trump has attempted to have them taken away, citing “false reporting of a non-existent link between the Kremlin and the Trump Campaign, and said the reports were “no more than a politically motivated farce which attempted to spin a false narrative that my campaign supposedly colluded with Russia despite a complete lack of evidence underpinning this allegation.”
The Pulitzer Board had previously rejected Trump’s requests, and this time took the unusual step of reviewing the articles and re-voting on the awards. The Board effectively solidified their decisions to give prizes to The Post and The Times, and issued a statement notifying the former president that a formal review of the articles had reached the conclusion that the awards will stand.
“These inquiries prompted the Pulitzer Board to commission two independent reviews of the work submitted by those organizations to our National Reporting competition. Both reviews were conducted by individuals with no connection to the institutions whose work was under examination, nor any connection to each other,” the Board wrote.
They continued, “The separate reviews converged in their conclusions: that no passages or headlines, contentions or assertions in any of the winning submissions were discredited by facts that emerged subsequent to the conferral of the prizes. The 2018 Pulitzer Prizes in National Reporting stand.”
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