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Of Pulitzers and Those Who Claim to Have Been Nominated

by Pamela Leavey

Monday, I reported on a June 5, 2006 blog post/op-ed published at RealClearPolitcs.com, where Thomas Lipscomb is described as having been “nominated for a Pulitzer for his reporting on Kerry during the 2004 elections.”

Although, fellow wing-nut Dan at RiehlWorld, attempts to back up Lipscomb (while attacking me), this appears to be a complete fabrication as to claim Lipscomb was a prestigious “nominee” appears to only mean that someone — anyone can fill out an entry form and sent it to Pulitzer, per documents off the official Pulitzer web site…

Per the “Terminology” section at the official Pulitzer web site ( www.pulitzer.org), there is no such thing as being a “nominee” for the Pulitzer. The only two categories are:

1. “Pulitzer Prize Winner “(which is self-explanatory; and

2. “Nominated Finalist.” (Of which there are three, all announced publicly.)

Per the Pulitzer:

“Work that has been submitted for Prize consideration but not chosen as either a nominated finalist or a winner is termed an entry or submission. No information on entrants is provided.” [Emphasis in original]

The Pulitzer’s historical listing of winners and nominated finalists and the search function show that Lipscomb has never been a nominated finalist or winner of a Pulitzer prize for anything in any year.

Lipscomb’s name is NO WHERE TO BE FOUND in 2004 or 2005.

Again, I repeat, anyone at all who has had something published in a United States newspaper can submit their work to the Pulitzer Prize Board for consideration in the relevant category, but that does not make them a qualified “nominated finalist.” Indeed, an entry form can be downloaded right from Pulitzer.org (here’s a copyI think I might submit my own work, so I can be a nominee too). Self-submissions are allowed.

So just how does that kooky Thomas Lipscomb claim he was “nominated for a Pulitzer”? Because some right-wingnut somewhere on Earth sent in an entry form to the Pulitzer Prize Board attaching Lipscomb’s so-called “reporting” on John Kerry?

By that standard, Lipscomb’s also probably a Publishers Clearing House jackpot winner! (But, Lipscomb shouldn’t count on Ed McMahon knocking on his basement door with a giant check anytime soon!)

Lying about a credential is a huge deal in journalism — it just goes without saying — ask Jayson Blair, who was fired from the NY Times in part because he exaggerated his resume. As the NY Times wrote:

“When he was hired, Times officials assumed he had graduated, but college officials say he has a year of course work left to complete, the Times reported.” (NYT, 5/11/03)

And, then there’s writer and historian Joseph Ellis — who lied about time spent in Vietnam, exaggerating his resume, and was roundly humiliated for it.

Or, take the recent controversy over James Frey who pitched his “Million Little Pieces” as a memoir and was destroyed because it actually included fictitious information.

It’s time for Thomas Lipscomb to face the music, too.

If Dan at RiehlWorld, “had enough insight or intelligence,” he’d be backing off his support of Lipscomb — unless of course, Dan was the right-wing nutjob who “nominated” Lipscomb.

Meanwhile, I stand by my earlier piece about Lipscomb, who is nothing but a partisan conservative propagandist, hack and shill for right-wing and the “Swift Boat” liars. One has to wonder how much the SBL’s paid Lipscomb for all his hack job’s he put in print around various right-wing publications and blogs?

And, folks concerned about journalistic integrity should contact the Digitial Center at the Annenberg School for Communication at USC, where Lipscomb is listed as a Senior Fellow, and let them know that Lipscomb is a disgrace to their organization — digitalcenter@digitalcenter.org

69 Responses to “Of Pulitzers and Those Who Claim to Have Been Nominated”

  1. If you haven’t checked out the responses at the Widow of Swift Boat Captain Defends Kerry, I posted a copy and paste list of all of the links broken down by general subject and source.


    If you put it somewhere you can access it easily, anywhere you are blogging that the misinformation comes up, the links are easier to figure out and put in a response.

  2. BTW did Kerry spend Christmas in Cambodia while RMN was president and did he ever release his full military record to the public. Give Michael some slack then rather than censoring him. If we know that Kerry has mistated the truth his record should be examined.

  3. Any explaination on why Kerry would be on a skimmer with 2 enginemen and no machine gunner?

  4. Paul V –

    Here is some quips from blog post that I wrote on 06/07/05, for a blog that is no longer online. Kerry released his Form 180 a year ago – that’s something all your right wingers know.

    Kerry Calls Swift Boat Liars Bluff, Will They Come Clean?

    John Kerry’s newly released Form 180 records revealed yesterday that there were no deep, dark secrets hiding in Kerry’s previously unreleased military records as the Swift Boat Liars had claimed. The Boston Globe noted that these newly released records prove what the Kerry campaign ascertained all along, that all of Kerry’s records were made available in April 2004. It does appear that the conspiracy theories have been disproved, yet again.

    Of course, the vitriol from the right-wing continues in wake of the release of Kerry’s records, including a call from one blog for the Boston Globe to release all the records on their website as a PDF and another who has written the Globe’s ombudsman asking for verification of what is in the records. What we have not seen from the right-wing or the Swift Boat Liars is any sort of acknowledgement that they were wrong. Not that we expected that we would.

    The right-wing The Disinformation Society is hard at work spinning more spew over this issue.

    Aside from the media’s attention yesterday on the “grades” story further examples of the right-wing spin can be found here (including a statement from Kerry nemesis John O’Neill), here, here, here and here.

    So tight is the Republican hold on the spin that the reality is, as Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. said in his Vanity Fair article in May 2005 – The Disinformation Society, “No matter who the Democratic nominee was, this machinery had the capacity to discredit and destroy him.”

    The Swift Boat Liars have never had anything solid on John Kerry, nor has the right-wing for that matter. In lieu of real dirt, the next best alternative of course is to sling synthetic mud. And when that does not stick, sling more synthetic mud. Now they are slipping and sliding in their own nasty mess, like a bunch of sorry mud wrestlers and they cannot come clean on this with out a whole mess of lye soap. Not even lye soap will wash away the fact that a few men saw fit to besmirch the military record of American war hero, a candidate for president, a seated senator of the United States. It is the Swift Boat Liars, who are covered in dirt here, not John Kerry.

    As a Kerry spokesperson pointed out yesterday morning, off the record, now Kerry has “called the Swift Boat Liars’ bluff and let’s see if they will come clean about THEIR records.”

    And, for that matter, when will Bush be releasing all of his records?

    So what brings you here today Paul V, could it be that your pal Tom Maguire is up to attacking me today for exposing Lipscomb’s phony “Pulitizer nomination”.

    We know that you right wingnut’s keep mistating the truth about Kerry’s record – I wonder have you or Tom Maguire ever served – or are you a couple of chicken hawks too, simply clucking the Rovian talking points?

  5. PaulV Says: June 30th, 2006 at 9:43 am

    Paul V

    Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Wade Sanders debunked that here.

    Oh, and yes, Sanders did campaign for Kerry, and yes they are life long friends.

    There’s something sick in the minds of men who seek to attack other men for their service to this country. You evidently have no shame.

  6. Pamela
    Where can I find kerry form 180 if it has been released? You know it has only been released to Kerry’s tame stenographers and not to the public. Whar do you think Kerry is afraid of to not release the 180?
    We would be able to evaluate the Skimmer story better if Kerry would release his form 180, but neither you ar I have seen it. Or have you? I thought not.

  7. PaulV

    What do you get from this charade?

    Does questioning a man’s service to his country give you some sense of empowerment?

    Do you think you’re going to save the world, with this mission to smear a good man who has served his country honorably not only in the military but in the Senate also?


    You and the rest of the fools spreading these lies and perpetuating this ugliness have been used! That’s right – you’ve all been used – by a lying, cheating, corrupt administration that is taking this country to hell in a friggin handbasket.


    Every piece of crap thrown out by the Swift Liars has been debunked over and over again and you morons play along with their sick game, while this country is going down the tubes!

    Let me fill you in on this FOOL — John Kerry is 100 times the man and the leader than the idiot lame duck in residency is!

  8. Just saying that the swift boat veterans for truth have been debunked does not make in true. Even repeating that claim again and again does not make it true. Your failure to address the question of why Kerry has not release his form 180 tell me there how gullible you are. Just join with me in requesting that Kerry release his form to the public and when he does you will not need to yell at me anymore. Is full disclosure too much to ask of Kerry?

  9. I just noticed you lack of toleration of free speech in your rules. It saddens me to read them:
    “Bashing or attacking members of The Democratic Daily or Democratic leaders in office or candidates will not be tolerated.”

  10. PaulV Says: June 30th, 2006 at 10:05 pm

    Why not join us here in denouncing the Swift Boat Liars?

    Kerry has released his records. The lies have been debunked.

    And please, don’t even go there with the “lack of toleration of free speech in your rules” routine. Your comments were posted here unedited.

    But, since you seem to want to push an uissue that has long since been put to rest, I have no problem with moderating your comments from here.

    Go spew amongst your like-minded pals who obviously have no sense of morals or ethics.

  11. If Kerry has released his form 180 to the public please tell me where I can see it. The truthfulness of the SBVFT cannot be fairly evaluated without full disclosure of Kerry’s 180. Without seeing it neither you or I can evaluate the truthfulness of SBVFT, can we. If you can please explain how you can. I am waiting to see Kerry’s form 180. Can you help me with that or not?

  12. PaulV

    I suggest you contact the Dept of Navy, or file a request through the Freedom of Information Act.

    No I can’t help you with that – nor quite honestly would I. I don’t support the partisan attacks on John Kerry.

    The SBVFT claims have been refuted by the Dept of Navy and many other sources.

    You have no clue it seems how ridiculous you appear in posting this here.

  13. Pamela,
    So you think that a release of Kerry Form 180 would be an attack on his record. I am not as sure that his Form 180 would be as damaging as you suggest but perhaps you know better whu |Kerry is scared to publically release his full record to the public.
    Thank you for your support of complete information for the voting public

  14. PaulV

    This entire smear routine from the swift liars and folks like you is an attack on his record.

    Kerry made his records available during the campaign. Only a handful of twisted liars who were shilling for the Bush campaign doubted his military record. Everything has been debunked over and over again.

    You know that full well.

    I’d like to see the voting public have full access to Bush’s records – before he ran for office and since he has been in office. That man has lied through his teeth for decades…

    His DUI records… where are they? Daddy sealed them.

    His Air Guard records – we never did see all of them did we?

    Let’s take a look at all the constitution abuses that Bush has taken while in office – Now that is really somehting the voting public should see.

    Take it somewhere else PaulV.

  15. Vermin everywhere I look. Pamela, Who is responsible for putting out the rat traps and roach motels? Someone is falling behind on their duties 😉

  16. Donnie

    Sometimes the rats get into remind us all what idiots they are! 😉

  17. Pamela,

    If we needed reminding, we only have to go as far as to listen to Rush Limp-baugh

  18. Donnie

    I think fools like PaulV must a get a rise out perpetuating these lies. Some sort of twisted pleasure. Otherwise they’re like the Limp-baugh with out their fix.

    ***Limp-baugh*** LMAO!

  19. OMG, Pamela I just had an eye opening moment. I now think I understand Rush Limp-baugh, PaulV, O’Reilly, and Ann-imal Coultergeist. The viagra has left their cranial cavities blood and oxygen depleted. Now I understand! But some like Ann-imal are obviously taking more than the recommended daily dose!