At issue is an April 2008 story by David Barstow that was headlined
“Behind TV Analysts, Pentagon’s Hidden Hand.” The Pulitzer Prize
citation says Barstow’s story “revealed how some retired generals,
working as radio and television analysts, had been co-opted by the
Pentagon to make its case for the war inIraq, and how many of them also had undisclosed ties to companies that benefited from policies they defended.”
Well, no, says the inspector general’s office that issued the
85-page rebuttal, subsequently dismissed as “highly flawed” by theTimes‘s
public editor. The IG said that the program under Rumsfeld was the same
kind run in past years and that the results were mixed; some of those
briefed still dissed the war. And the IG found no evidence that those
with ties to contractors used what they learned for a competitive edge.
In other news, four out of the five people who live in my clothes think I am fucking awesome. Seriously, this is the stupidest story. If the Pulitzer committee considered the puling of every public official whose corruption was exposed by newspapers to be grounds for withholding an award, there would be no Pulitzers, because shockingly enough those in power aren’t fond of people discovering and then publishing that they’re ginormous douchebags. I mean, imagine that.
Idiocy via Romenesko.