Our weekly recognition of less-than-meritorious excellence in journalism is worthy of Pulitzer Prize consideration.
As an extension of the media-mocking venture at Townhall, Riffed From The Headlines, we once again recognize the exalted performances in our journalism industry and compile worthy submissions to the Pulitzer Prize board in numerous categories. Let’s get to the best examples of journalistic failure-excellence in order to properly identify the low watermark within the media.
International Excellence in Reporting
Accepting cultural differences can be one thing. But even so, it’s hard to keep your mind open when you read a story such as this.
Is there anyone who has such a fetish. Where can you look for this kind of fetish? Four peopleAre you all willing to work together? It is hard to imagine anyone being willing to perform this feat in public. They were doing what the hell? RecordingThis act? My mind wouldn’t even think about capturing evidence of me having done that, although it might pop up. Now you have to wonder if their trial will be televised, because honestly, they might want to remain locked up for life — out of fear anyone would recognize them in the future.
According to officials during the investigation, the forest officials found that the accused had allegedly raped a Bengal monitor lizard and their act was also recorded in a mobile phone of one of the accused persons.https://t.co/Ance6J79bQ
— The New Indian Express (@NewIndianXpress) April 14, 2022
Distinguished Cultural Commentary
- Andrew Court – New York Post
The cliche’ is: “There’s one born every minute,” but what do you say about one who is born to suckers?
I’m a professional baby namer: Rich parents pay me $10K do it for them https://t.co/jhHv0PU4kY pic.twitter.com/edMrWj3Wes
— New York Post (@nypost) April 13, 2022
Distinguished Investigative Reporting
Recently, reports indicate that Facebook fact-checkers have been underutilized with their assignments. I call this garbage, based on the sheer amount of asinine reports these discounts of verite’ produce. Snopes was forced to investigate claims made on random social media accounts by Snopes claiming that Snickers had removed the swirled coating from the candy bars due to their veined appearance.
This work is far more crucial than the verification of the seemingly endless stream garbage claims that the Biden administration has made. The craze was so popular that even the company had to get involved.
Good news, contrary to what’s trending on Twitter… THE VEINS REMAIN! pic.twitter.com/pzfkoYqvyD
— SNICKERS (@SNICKERS) April 19, 2022
The Distinguished Explanatory Reporting
Waiting for an autopsy report is the responsible choice. It is not a good idea to rush to make conclusions in such a case.
- M.D. Johnson – Field and Stream
The man’s personal snake collection included rattlesnakes, cobras, black mambas, and a 14-foot Burmese python https://t.co/aj9JmRTFVq
— Field & Stream (@FieldandStream) April 16, 2022
Distinguished National Reporting
- Claire McNear – The Ringer
This news could be fatal if Wordle’s craze does not die down yet. Most disturbing: finding out that people who played consider themselves “Wordlers.”
The @VPWordle addict. What is her strategy then? Is there a favorite first word she uses? How long has her streak lasted? @clairemcnearWe interviewed her in order to learn more. https://t.co/1OJHHSKP1l
— The Ringer (@ringer) April 18, 2022
Distinguished Investigative Reporting
- Brie Anna Frank – USA Today
Another brave clarification from the social media world, this time looking at the Facebook photo that someone had posted. The claim was made that the photo was of a relative, who in turn had been the first airman. This date back to 1914. However, Ms. Frank will be on the case to protect the public from any misinformation.
Thank the heavens for fact checkers…https://t.co/0G8OIDAGTh
— Brad Slager 🍸🥃🍺🎙 – Most Certainly A Biologist! (@MartiniShark) April 20, 2022