This has been another chaos-driven day due to Donald Trump, his cronies, and the laws they have broken. So it seems fitting that I post some good news.
For decades The New York Times has landed on the doorsteps of the places I have lived. Over the past 5 years The New Yorker lands in my mailbox. And over the past year James has made sure The Washington Post digital subscription is accessible at our home. The times in which we live demand awareness of the workings of government. The things that are most detestable in the news–almost on an hourly basis due to Trump–are the things we need to know the most about. These publications have been front and center in making sure our democratic foundations as a country are protected. They do that by making information available in a professional way.
I am very pleased with the impressive showing today as the Pulitzer Prizes were announced.
The New York Times and The New Yorker magazine won the Pulitzer Prize for public service on Monday for their reporting on sexual harassment that ushered in a reckoning about the treatment of women by powerful men in the uppermost ranks of Hollywood, politics, media and technology.
Beginning with revelations in The Times about the Fox News anchor Bill O’Reilly, followed by reports about the film mogul Harvey Weinstein published by The Times and The New Yorker, the coverage set off a cascade of testimonials from women about abuse in the workplace, whether at a Beverly Hills hotel or a Ford Motor plant in the Midwest. By year’s end, what came to be known as the #MeToo movement had reshaped the modern conversation around gender and fairness.
At a time when President Trump regularly assails the news media, the Pulitzer board awarded its national reporting prize to The Times and The Washington Post, for coverage that unearthed possible ties between Russia and Mr. Trump’s inner circle. The dramatic story line continues to dominate Washington politics.
The Post also won the award for investigative reporting for its exposé of Roy S. Moore, the Republican Senate candidate in Alabama, whose bid for higher office was upended after The Post uncovered that he had groped and harassed multiple women, one as young as 14. Columns on Mr. Moore’s candidacy, by John Archibald of the Alabama Media Group in Birmingham, Ala., won the commentary prize.
The Times received three awards in all, including the prize for editorial cartooning for a series that chronicled a Syrian refugee family’s entry into the United States. The public service prize was the sixth time The Times has received the prestigious award in the more than century-long history of the Pulitzers, which are announced annually by Columbia University to recognize excellence in journalism and letters.