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. We must recognize journalistic mistakes-excellence to be able to correctly identify them.
Outstanding Local Reporting
- Action News 4 – Pittsburgh
You can call it deeply regrettable chyron usage, but Channel 4 News reported on an elderly man being arrested for indecent behavior with a young girl. The mistakenly taken graphic photo also carried a bit of familiarity. Perhaps we could describe it as A Freudian Clip.
It is undoubtedly one of the most memorable live television moments ever! pic.twitter.com/il4Nx9O6LP
— Jewish Patriot 🚛 (@MAGAJew2) March 1, 2022
Internationally Distinguished Reporting
- Nicole Williams — Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
When a news item is widely criticized by the media and the event ends, it becomes very revealing. We also see how hard these press mavens can not let go of the storyline. You can call it. Trump-Echo Effect. The press cannot ignore the deplorable Canadian trucker revolt.
After decrying and supporting oppressors state, the CBC tries to keep up their indignation and preferred narrative. According to residents, they are having nightmare-like flashbacks of truck drivers.
Post-traumatic stress from weeks of honking is a temporary ‘mild trauma,’ a psychologist says. The trucks have since been removed…even still, some downtown residents say they’re haunted by ‘phantom honking’ — what sounds like blaring truck horns, but no actual sounds are there.
— CBC Ottawa (@CBCOttawa) February 26, 2022
Distinguished Public Service
- Andee Tagle – National Public Radio
NPR is keeping a close eye on the horrors of the invasion of Ukraine.
Even after weeks of bracing for an attack amid speculation, global tensions and diplomatic attempts to stave off invasion — the Conflict is a realityThis is an unexpected shock for the system.
You can be certain of grave and serious words. It is never simple to resolve wartime conflicts. Note that they weren’t describing the sufferings of Ukrainian citizens. This introduction was for those poor folks who are here — watching it on television.
NPR provides tips on how to deal with deep anxiety caused by a serious activity, such as watching the news. This paralyzing condition can be solved by: One is to…breathe. You can also eat food. It is possible to move about. Life-saving tips for those who…did not think enough to remember to breathe.
🧵 Thread: Russia’s attack on Ukraine means there’s a stressful news cycle ahead of us. It is always difficult to accept the reality that conflict can occur.
Here are 5 ways to cope.https://t.co/L3NR6BONZt
— NPR (@NPR) February 25, 2022
Distinguished National Reporting
- Jennifer Rubin – Washington Post
A political writer’s main task is to report on the current state of affairs regarding policies and parties. Jenn Rubin is known for telling the right story, but it’s often wrong. She has now set a new mark for being wrong, when she came out with this declaration regarding Joe Biden’s selection for the Supreme Court.
Looking forward to how Rs will intentionally mispronounce Brown Jackson’s first name
— Jennifer ‘I stand with Ukraine’ Rubin 🇺🇦🇺🇦 (@JRubinBlogger) February 25, 2022
Then Ms. Rubin’s prediction came true…sort of. Rubin’s deviation from the truth can take days to show up. We had a problem with the name. However, they weren’t Republican. They were also not familiar enough with the spelling and the women chosen.
Jen Psaki managed to get Brown’s name wrong that afternoon, but even better, after assuring us of GOP typos, Rubin managed to be embarrassed in just over an hour by another member of the Biden White House staff.
Happy Kentanji Brown Jackson Day! pic.twitter.com/afgNPViuTi
— Natalie Montelongo (@natimontelongo) February 25, 2022
Distinguished Feature Writing
- Stuart Thompson – New York Times
Two ways to view a news article are possible. One way a user can find a search engine that doesn’t resort to these manipulations is to search for one from tech corporations.
OrIt could also be possible that conspiracists have fled to DuckDuckGo in an attempt to bypass the silencers. Stuart Thompson claims that DuckDuckGo users are trying to protect us online from the evil firms such as Google, while sounding ignorant to the consequences of their own conspiracies.
Part of a larger effort to get people off Big Tech is the embrace of some conservative influencers. DuckDuckGo is being praised by conspiracy theorists as well as right-wing social media influencers.
Thompson mentions that Joe Rogan is a frequent user of the platform, just to emphasize the negative aspect.
Before I started reporting on privacy, disinfo was my first site. To do that, I used DuckDuckGo which is a privacy-focused search tool loved by privacy advocates. So it was a bit strange that when I tried to enter disinfo spaces, they also seemed to be using DuckDuckGo.
here’s what’s up: https://t.co/sHPKqV37rJ
— Stuart A. Thompson (@stuartathompson) February 23, 2022
Specialized Explanatory Reporting
- Nicole Hannah-Jones – New York Times
It seems that crafters of The 1619 projectJones is now determined to destroy another academic topic. After bastardizing American History with her revisionist tale of this nation’s founding, Jones has made an odd declaration when it comes to geography.
Let me tell you, Europe isn’t a continent. It is only a geopolitical fictional to divide it from Asia. So the alarm that a European or civilized nation is being attacked is an attempt to warn us about their similarity to us.
— Ida Bae Wells (@nhannahjones) February 27, 2022
Internationally Distinguished Reporting
Vladimir Putin’s Russian-led troops invaded Ukraine, triggering widespread international opposition. Vlad feels the pinch. The international federation announced that Putin’s honorary blackbelt of Tae Kwan Do will be rescinded as a result of his aggressive actions. As a result, Putin has been removed as Honorary President of the International Judo Federation.
Vladimir Putin has been removed from office as honourary president by The International Judo Federation.
Putin is an experienced judo blackbelt who also enjoys the sport. https://t.co/nWIlbFIE3h
— Axios (@axios) February 27, 2022