Our weekly recognition of less-than-meritorious excellence in journalism is worthy of Pulitzer 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.
Distinguished National Reporting
- Janai Norman – Good Morning America
GMA was full of bad news regarding Thanksgiving turkeys. All they were concerned with was the rising cost of turkeys and how lower stock levels will lead to higher demand. There are many factors that could be contributing to this, including inflation, shortages of labor, and transportation challenges. There was however one problem.
Global warming. Yes.
GOBBLE, GOBBLE You could see a slight decline in turkey production when you add climate change to the mix. @janaiTop tips on how to get your turkey bird. 🦃 https://t.co/i9rZzYvW4s pic.twitter.com/qXyXBBVfOB
— Good Morning America (@GMA) October 20, 2021
The Best Local Reporting
- Alenea Cremen — WUSA Channel 9 News
About a month ago, we reported on the deeply serious story of five zebras escaping from a ranch outside of the D.C. area. They are still free after all this, so a plan is being devised to try and capture them.
Now, I am not one to suggest that they could be adding to the problem – the officials looking to wrangle the beasts are the ones saying this.
The new plan calls for more Zebras, believe it or not.
— WUSA9 (@wusa9) October 17, 2021
The Distinguished Explanatory Reporting
This once-great music magazine is struggling to find recognition. The reluctance of the masthead to become a news source has made it less credible. Rolling Stone reported the hilariously ridiculous story about Ivermectin poisonings causing hospitals to overflow.
The magazine should just settle back and accept the truth – this is the kind of reporting they are better attuned to deliver.
Scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson has responded to Demi Lovato’s claim that calling extraterrestrials “aliens” is “derogatory” by telling the singer that aliens “have no feelings.” https://t.co/Ofw6XGVE9X
— Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) October 14, 2021
The Best Local Reporting
- Ruth Marcus — Washington Post
Ruth shared a poignant and intimate story about a recent experience that she had to emphasize the severity of the pandemic. She got in an elevator – AND SOMEONE WALKED IN WITHOUT A MASK.
It’s horrible stuff, I know. Ms. Marcus explains how she handled the scofflaws and placed them in their proper place. These reporters are incredibly brave and willing to correct the gentry but have not spoken a word of criticism for Mayor Muriel bowser or President Biden, who were shown recently violating their mask orders.
Madison, Wis. It stops at lower floors. The man enters, naked. Sign in elevator says masks required. Me, getting out: “you know, it would be really nice if you wore a mask.” Man: “I don’t care what you think.” America 2021.
— Ruth Marcus (@RuthMarcus) October 17, 2021
Distinguished Cultural Criticism
- Petula Dvorak — Washington Post
Maybe it’s the white privilege talking, but there are some professions it just never occurred would be rife with racism. It was shocking to find out that zookeeping had been racist. As I presume. I just could not read much further than the gripping headline – Zookeeping Isn’t Common In The Black Community. One Black Zookeeper wants to change that.
Yea, it’s funny. This was the same conversation I had with the Ocelot groomer, and Ostrich gynecologist at the Ostrich bar in my neighborhood that serves all zookeepers.
Perspective: Zookeeping isn’t common in the Black community. Black Zookeeper wants to change this. https://t.co/c35REGD6JZ
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) October 19, 2021
Distinguished Cultural Commentary
Everyone was outraged at the portrayal of Superman as bisexual. But there was a more sinister display. In the effort to show how woke the Non-Binary-Gender-Fluid-Entity Of Steel could be the comic also showed the character participating in a climate protest.
You have the ability to change the world with all your power. The best way to achieve this is by holding a sign made of cardboard.
DC Comics Thinks Superman’s Best Climate Action Is Protest, Not Literally His Frozen Breath https://t.co/F7UD7bAbcX pic.twitter.com/b2YlkMpjrH
— Gizmodo (@Gizmodo) October 18, 2021
International Excellence in Reporting
- D. Lawrence, Mary Mrad, Chloe-Lee Longhetti — Daily Mail
This is the Australian edition of the British newspaper. It tells of Paul Hogan (81 years old, Los Angeles resident), getting ready to board an airplane and fly home to Australia.
That’s it. That’s the story. This non-report was compiled by THREE people.
Paul Hogan to board ‘a plane home from LA at any moment’ as Australia scraps quarantine in NSW https://t.co/NLbZJY7O21
— Daily Mail Celebrity (@DailyMailCeleb) October 18, 2021