Pulitzers Can't Afford Award For Writing on Financial Crisis?

Pulitzers Can't Afford Award For Writing on Financial Crisis?


It's a big day for people who write articles that get awards — the day the 2009 Pulitzer Prizes are announced. (The Pulitzer Prize is considered the highest national honor that can be bestowed to newspaper journalists, literary writers, and composers.) This year all the hoo-hah is over what won instead of who.

So what did win? Here's the breakdown for journalism awards:

  • Three awards for the presidential election
  • Two political sex scandals
  • Two humanitarian crises
  • Two on people's right to know
  • One on the Iraq war
  • One on the environment (wildfires)
  • One on art

I'm hardly the first to point it out, but the glaring omission is there's no award for coverage of the financial crisis. Maybe because nobody saw it coming? There's no Pulitzer for Best Hindsight.

Is it crazy that articles on sex scandals received two awards while writing on the worst recession since 1982 was ignored? It might be, but who really cares about Pulitzer Prizes? This guy?

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