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Tuesday, April 18, 2006
Reminding Us Why They're Called the P-U-Litzers--Updated!

Michelle Malkin points out that the Drive-By Media are patting themselves on the back.

She highlights a few of the more ridiculous awards. But to me the one that's really absurd is the New Orleans Times-Picayune. I posted here about a shocking story that the NOT-P published.

Arkansas National Guardsman Mikel Brooks stepped through the food service entrance of the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center Monday, flipped on the light at the end of his machine gun, and started pointing out bodies.

"Don't step in that blood - it's contaminated," he said. "That one with his arm sticking up in the air, he's an old man." Then he shined the light on the smaller human figure under the white sheet next to the elderly man.

"That's a kid," he said. "There's another one in the freezer, a 7-year-old with her throat cut."

A later NOT-P article about the media's misteps in their Katrina coverage was partially bylined to Brian Thevenot, who was the one who reported the seven-year-old girl's murder. And it's not as if I'm the only one who noted this; Hugh Hewitt jumped all over it too.

See also:

Sweetness & Light:

Yep, the "newspaper" which gave us so many drama queen stories about Katrina that turned out to be woefully inaccurate wins the top prize in US journalism.

Ranting Profs:

The Pulitzers are out today, and I'm delighted to see (since someone was going to win something for Katrina coverage) that it was the New Orleans Times Picayune (which couldn't even produce paper issues for several days.) Keep in mind that one of their main contributions was to debunk the reporting of their colleagues -- and in doing so to reclaim the reputation of their city.

They did do some debunking, it's true. But they seemed noticeably less agressive about pointing out their own mistakes.

See also Andrew McCarthy.
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