As the mainstream media worked hard to dismantle Trump, a lot of false stories floated around. But the lie that President Trump was somehow in league with Russia to bring down America? That one took off at levels that no other story did — Trump even faced failed impeachment proceedings over it. Now that the story has been proven false many times over, President Trump calls for 18 Pulitzer Prizes related to fake news stories about the alleged Trump-Putin connection to be revoked.
Trump laid into the Washington Post and New York Times specifically for their “shoddy, dubious, and manifestly false reporting” in a statement released Sunday via his Save America PAC.
“I call on the Pulitzer Prize Board to immediately rescind the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting awarded to the staffs of The New York Times and The Washington Post, which was based on false reporting of a non-existent link between the Kremlin and the Trump campaign,” the statement reads. “As has been widely publicized, the coverage was no more than a politically motivated farce which attempted to spin a false narrative that my campaign supposedly colluded with Russia despite a complete lack of evidence underpinning this allegation.”
“When the Board announced the prize, it lauded the recipients ‘for deeply sourced, relentlessly reported coverage in the public interest that dramatically furthered the nations’ understanding of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and its connections to the Trump campaign, the president-elect’s transition team, and his eventual administration,'” Trump’s statement reads. The President continues:
“Specifically, the prize was awarded for a series of articles centered around the now-debunked Russia collusion conspiracy theory. The headlines themselves were extremely sensational and leaned heavily on unsubstantiated anonymous sources. For example, much of the information contained in these articles were credited to ‘people with knowledge,’ ‘current and former officials,’ ‘some senior U.S. officials,’ and other vaguely defined individuals. As a result, the public was deprived of an independent means of assessing their credibility, their potential for political bias, and the source of their knowledge.”
“For two years, these institutions feverishly pushed one Russia story after another and – despite lacking any credible evidence – attempted to persuade the public that my campaign had colluded with the Russian government,” Trump says, pointing out that the reports spread “clear logical fallacies” and “narratives” that had a “clear lack of evidence.
“Contemporaneously with that reporting, numerous conservative news outlets and commentators questioned the legitimacy of these reports, exposing the clear logical fallacies contained in their narratives and pointing to the clear lack of evidence underpinning them,” Trump adds.
Trump points out that the Pulitzer Prize has long been “recognized as a significant achievement in the field of journalism,” and that it is “meant to be bestowed upon well-deserving recipients in recognition of their groundbreaking journalistic efforts.”
Trump says he hopes the Times and Post will return their prizes, but that he does not expect that — so he hopes the Pulitzer Prize Board will step in and rescind the awards.
“Without holding the recipients to such a high standard of accountability, the integrity of the Pulitzer Prize namesake stands to be wholly compromised,” he says. And he’s right.