April 17, 2007, - 2:32 pm

Pulitzer Prize Could Mean Fakery

By Debbie Schlussel
This is the week that Pulitzer Prizes in all areas of journalism are being announced. Many Pulitzer winners have been announced yesterday and today.
But the Pulitzer ain’t what it used to be.
A great example is the story of Allan Detrich, a Pulitzer Prize finalist in photography, who shot photos for the Toledo blade. He resigned from the paper on April 7th after acknowledging that he altered a photo of baseball players kneeling at their first game following a bus crach that killed five players in Atlanta.
Detrich said he altered the photo “by mistake.” But Blade VP and executive editor Ron Royhab admitted in a column that at least 57 other Detrich photos that had appeared in the Blade were altered. He erased people, tree limbs, and utility poles. But who knows what else he altered.
As we all know, a picture’s worth a thousand words. But those words are phony, when the picture is faked.
If this faux-tographer can come that close to winning a Pulitzer for his work, who else is in Pulitzer contention–or has won the Prize–for fake, fabricated “journalism”?
We know that, last year, several anti-Israel photographers for AP and Reuters got caught faking photos in the Israel-Hezbollah war.
You can’t believe everything you read . . . or see.

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3 Responses

Pulitzer prize is a fakery ever since Walter Duranty won it for glorifying Stalin and USSR.

Witch-king of Angmar on April 17, 2007 at 3:01 pm

witchking took the words out of my mouth
the number of reporters and photographers who have been caught doctoring photos and manufacturing and plagirizing stories is the tip of a massive iceberg representing only those who actually got caught

sultan_knish on April 17, 2007 at 4:25 pm

The Pulitzer, like the Nobel, has fallen into disrepute, especially those related to political and society issues. Just look at the Nobel Peace Prize, and its winners. Arafat won one, need I say more? Hey did Carter ever get that Nobel he so desperately wants?

John Sobieski on April 18, 2007 at 1:41 am

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