Back during the first couple of years of this blog, we were conferring upon members of the 4th estate of this country something we called Beers with Demo's Walter Duranty Putridity in Journalism award (Duranty pictured on right).
Examples of such horrid journalism can be found, here.
It appears that PJ Media is taking up where we left off with their own version of the prize named the Walter Duranty Prize for Journalistic Mendacity. Ah, "putridity"... "mendacity"... we love both words.
From PJ Media:
Starting this year, PJ Media, in conjunction with our good friends at The New Criterion, will be awarding the first annual Walter Duranty Prize for Journalistic Mendacity.
Walter Duranty – it will be recalled — was the New York Times’ Moscow correspondent in the 1920s and 1930s who whitewashed Joseph Stalin’s forced mass starvation of the Ukrainians (the Holodomor) and many other aspects of Soviet oppression.
Duranty was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1932 for his efforts.
Despite numerous attempts by Ukrainian organizations and others, the prize has never been revoked. Duranty’s photograph remains in its honored place on the New York Times’ wall along with the newspaper’s other Pulitzer winners.
The first annual Duranty Prize will be given for what our readers consider the most egregious example of dishonest reporting for the fiscal year 2011-2012 (July 1, 2011 – June 30, 2012).
We will be officially accepting nominations from PJM and TNC readers starting May 1, 2012, at Duranty@pjmedia.com (but if you want to go ahead now, no one’s going to stop you – the email address is functioning).
We've got some articles laying around somewhere that we will submit but off the cuff, we gotta think that NBC's edited tape of George Zimmerman's 911 call in the Trayvon Martin case is the leader in the clubhouse.
Willfully editing a tape to make Zimmerman sound as if he was racially profiling and thus further enflaming a situation where the defendant has had bounties put out on his life? Mendacious and putrid, both.
If you do wind up submitting any pieces, throw us a bone with a link back. Thanks.