“On ‘Noble’ Journalists And Prizes”

“This year's Pulitzer winners and finalists feature five – count 'em – five environmental entries.”

“On April 26, our President suggested that reporters who earned “Noble” (sic) Prizes for reporting on “the Russian hoax” return their awards. The President should have caught his own misspelling, since he'd be a perennial contender for the Nobel Prize in Twitterature, if it weren't a Fake Award.

He also should have known that it's the Pulitzer Prizes, not the Nobels, for which journalists compete. And this year, a Pulitzer went to one of his favorite purveyors of “fake news” for reporting on another of his favorite “hoaxes,” climate change. Multiple Washington Post journalists shared the Explanatory Journalism Pulitzer for a multi-part series on climate change impacts.

Four more of what we now call “legacy” media were 2020 Pulitzer finalists reporting on science/environment themes. What the President likes to call the “failing” New York Times failed once more. Fifteen of its stories on the Trump Administration's own failures to follow science at EPA, NOAA, the Interior Department and other agencies earned Finalist honors in the Public Service category.”

Peter Dykstra reports for the Daily Climate May 8, 2020.