The idiocy of what was once considered the highest award in journalism has hit a new low, even overshadowing anything the Nobel Prize people have ever come up with for award "winners."
On Monday it was announced that NSA secrets' spy-leaker Edward Snowden had “won” journalism’s highest award, The Pulitzer Prize, to newspapers that exposed the extent of the agency's global snooping, including Americans' emails and cell phones.
The announcement had barely hit the wires when New York Republican Rep. Peter King angrily lashed out at Pulitzer prizes being awarded to The Washington Post and the Guardian US. The Pulitzer press release had credited the organizations “for their coverage based on Snowden's classified documents dump.”
A thoroughly disgusted King quickly tweeted (https://twitter.com/RepPeteKing) what he called The Post and Guardian as "Snowden enablers," and their prizes a "disgrace. To be rewarding illegal conduct, to be enabling a traitor like Snowden, to me is not something that should be rewarded with a Pulitzer Prize," King told The Associated Press following his tweet. "Snowden has violated his oath. He has put American lives at risk," he said.
The British were not much happier as Liam Fox, former British secretary of state for defense and a current Member of Parliament tore into Snowden as "a self-publicizing narcissist." His pronouncement was followed by similar editorials in many British newspapers and website blogs.
The Wall Street Journal, not to be outdone, wrote an op-ed piece that said, Snowden "thinks of himself as a cyber-age guerrilla warrior. Let us not imbue his cowardice with higher motives. Let us not confuse his egotism with public service," Fox wrote. "Let's not call his treachery by lesser terms. Let us be clear about the intent and impact of his actions. Let us be clear to the American people and their allies about the threats they now face from enemies inside and out, terrorist and criminal. For once, let's say what we mean. Let us call treason by its name."
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, called Snowden’s actions a "real acts of betrayal" and "placed America’s military men and women at greater risk." Yet another Michigan Republican, vying for Roger’s committee chairmanship after he retires next January, said he felt exactly the same.
Microsoft CEO Bill Gates sent out a press release saying, “I think he broke the law, so I certainly wouldn’t characterize him as a hero. I think he broke the law, so I certainly wouldn’t characterize him as a hero. If he wanted to raise the issues and stay in the country and engage in civil disobedience or something of that kind, or if he had been careful in terms of what he had released, then it would fit more of the model of ‘OK, I’m really trying to improve things.’ You won’t find much admiration from me.”
Edward Snowden’s confiscation of intelligence secrets was the largest theft of its kind in U.S. history. He has been charged with three offenses in the U.S., including espionage, and could face up to 30 years in prison if convicted. He's currently living in Russia, which granted him asylum for one year.
No comment was forthcoming from the Pulitzer Prize committee.
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