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The Duranty Prize Is Back—with an Addition

January 20th, 2014 - 9:34 pm
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On October  10, 2012, PJ Media and The New Criterion combined forces to give the first annual Walter Duranty Prize for journalistic mendacity, named after Walter Duranty, the New York Times Moscow bureau chief between 1922 and 1936. Duranty is notorious for having whitewashed Stalin’s atrocities, notably the forced starvation of millions of Ukrainians known as the Holodomor. Duranty’s cleansed reports were further responsible for encouraging Franklin Roosevelt to recognize the Soviet Union.

Actually, we gave several prizes a year ago October — a second runner-up to the blogger Andrew Sullivan,  a first runner-up to Bob Simon of 60 Minutes and the Duranty Prize itself to reporter Joan Juliet Buck and editor Anna Wintour of Vogue magazine for their nauseating whitewash of the Assad family  (“Asma al-Assad: A Rose in the Desert”). Subsequent events in Syria have shown that we chose well.

But we have been somewhat remiss in delivering an annual Duranty Prize as promised.  That is about to be corrected.  Roger Kimball (on behalf of The New Criterion)  and I (on behalf of PJ Media) hereby announce the second annual Duranty Prize for journalistic mendacity for works published or aired in the calendar year 2013.

This year too we are pleased to announce a new award for lifetime, that is repeated, achievement in mendacious journalism – The Rather.  This is in honor of former CBS anchorman Dan Rather, who famously lied on 60 Minutes about forged papers supposedly tarnishing President George W. Bush’s National Guard service.  Rather’s prevarications were responsible in part of the formation and naming of the Media formerly known as Pajamas, now PJ Media.

As before, you may submit your nominations for both The Duranty Prize and The Rather in the comment section here or via email at duranty@pjmedia.com.  In the case of The Duranty, please nominate only for news reports, articles, or television and radios shows that were published or broadcast between  January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2103.  The Rather is, as stated, for lifetime achievement.

All nominations for the Duranty and Rather prizes will close April 1, 2014.

The Duranty Prize Committee (Peter Collier, Roger Kimball, Cliff May, Ron Radosh, Glenn Reynolds, Claudia Rosett, Michael Ledeen and Roger L. Simon) will then sift through the nominations and select the winners.

The prize winners will be announced at a dinner in New York on May 5, 2014.  James Taranto of the Wall Street Journal will again be the master of ceremonies.

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I nominate Politifact for saying in 2008 that "if you like your healthcare plan you can keep it" was true and then in 2013 calling it the lie of the year. Maybe if they and other media outlets would have been honest despite their love for the current administration we wouldn't be loosing freedom to choose what we purchase.
ww.forbes.com/sites/theapothecary/2013/12/27/in-2008-politifacts-2013-lie-of-the-year-that-you-could-keep-your-health-plan-under-obamacare-it-rated-true/
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The obvious choice is David D. Kirkpatrick for his debunked assertion that there was no Al Qaeda in Benghazi. On top of Kirkpatrick's mendacious equivalence with Duranty, his association with the NY Times illustrates the historical continuity of the socialist deceit of that organization.

This is is a no brainer.
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How about a Gareth Jones Prize for a journalist who first reveals an important truth, just as Jones did Stalin's Ukrainian famine?
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As we are coming to the 10th Anniversary of the Rather "Caper", it could help if you did a proper investigation into what exactly happened there. IMHO this was a sting job, performed by retired CIA A Team, as a favor to papa Bush. he had it for Rather from the "Quid Pro Quo" interview, 1988. It is my theory, I never met a single X CIA type, never spoke to any U.S Intel person, but this was too sleek by half. Somebody indirectly approached the eager producer, a known lefty, suggesting that somebody saw or knows about N.G files on GW Bush, I have no idea of the mechanics how it was brought to her attention, how she got it, what examination were conducted to verify the provenance of these files, but in my mind, Daniel Silva could have written a whole novel about it. If you put up the "Prize" without trying to explain what happened, the background and history of this "Myster" you will miss an opportunity to give the story a proper perspective. I have no doubt that one day this story will become part of the library of the "Spy Museum" in D.C. This was no lucky tip, no fortuitous moment, this was a well planned job.
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I think Jay Carney should get some kind of award. The number of lies that man has had to defend with a straight face is simply astonishing.
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If you can't give one to MSNBC the organization, Chris 'the Thrill' Matthews is an obvious candidate for a Rather.
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Can we name the whole of the American MSM?
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1) Tom Friedman
2) Paul Krugman
3) E.J. Dionne
4) Eugene Robinson
5) Ruth Marcus
6) Milly Ivins (sp??)

Posthumous award: Helen Thomas


As an institutional Award, the NY Times and WashPo.
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"...the formation and naming of PJ Media, now PJ Media."

Ummm...?
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Dual personality?
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I think the PJM Benghazi coverage deserves consideration as well. It was a group effort, but the sheer number of debunked theories promulgated here was impressive, as is the dedication to just keep going despite the absence of substance (albeit after jettisoning the vast majority of the theories that became too blatantly contradicted by the facts).

A typical example of the mil-fic Benghazi archetype I am referring to:

http://pjmedia.com/blog/questions-for-white-house-over-benghazi-just-beginning/
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A lifetime of mendacity? I nominate John Pilger. Mary McCarthy said of Lillian Hellman, "Every word she writes is a lie, including 'and' and 'the'." The serifs and curlicues of every letter that Pilger writes are saturated in falsehood. It soaks through the page like oil. Close runners-up would be Seumas Milne and Robert Fisk of the Guardian, both of them unrepentant enemies of civilisation.
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rachel maddow for the rather prize and kirkpatrick for the duranty.

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Does it have to be a Journolist?

If mendacity is the key attribute, then Obama should start the process by receiving a lifetime achievement award...for, among ten thousand other reasons, writing an author's bio claiming he was born in Kenya, and then bashing people for years who took him at his word.
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