The Pulitzer Prize Dis-Honors: Cillizza's Airline Frisson, Biden's Stumbling Celtic Tradition, and the Death Star in the Kitchen

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Our weekly recognition of less-than-meritorious excellence in journalism is worthy of Pulitzer Prize consideration.

As an extension of the media-mocking venture at Townhall, Riffed From The Headlines, we once again recognize the exalted performances in our journalism industry and compile worthy submissions to the Pulitzer Prize board in numerous categories. To properly recognize the low watermark in the press, let us get right to the latest exemplars of journalistic mis-excellence.



Distinguished Explanatory Reporting

  • Leon Panetta — CNN

Following Joe Biden’s fiasco of a European trip, the press has been in a knot on how to frame things for the President. After all, what do you do after declaring Biden’s speech was on the level of other historical greats, only to see the White House come out and disavow numerous points he had made.

In an attempt to fix things, CNN brought on Leon Panetta – he of the famed Intelligence Letter defending Hunter Biden — and when asked why Biden made such mistakes, Leon struggled for an answer, ultimately settling on…

 “Joe Biden…is Irish.”


Distinguished Breaking News

  • Ashley Parker — Washington Post

During said Euro trip, we learned about some of the behind-the-scenes action. Not the meetings, not the staff coordinating events, not even the crafting of his speeches. But we did get the scoop on President Joe and his pizza-eating session.



 Distinguished International News

  • Flor Wang — Focus Taiwan

While much of the world is ecstatic to be free from the constraints of COVID mandates, we have to remember those who are desirous to remain in those conditions. How else to describe the giddiness from a company that has set the Guinness World Record for creating the world’s largest surgical mask?


Distinguished Public Service

  • Chris Cillizza — CNN

Cillizza gives us the harrowing tale he experienced on a recent plane flight when he spotted a couple in front of him leading to his risk of exposure. Despite restrictions dropping everywhere, and soon on air flights, Chris still had his health endangered — also, they were not wearing masks.


Distinguished Local Reporting

  • PriScilla Aguirre — Laredo Morning Times

After being called out to a location where human remains were reportedly found, the police department in Converse, Texas, issued a statement: “Let’s all work together and discard our trash properly to keep Converse clean.


This was not a heartless response from a lazy local PD. It turned out the potential crime scene contained a discarded plastic skeleton.


Distinguished Public Service

  • Dennis Thompson — United Press International

In a HealthDay News dispatch to help with dogs suffering from ADHD and other health conditions, we learn that a study may have tracked down the source of such behavior.

About 30% of the dogs in the study engaged in repetitive behaviors, the researchers found, and the likelihood of these behaviors was associated with a dog’s home and lifestyle.

It took a study to come up with a result that surprises no one.


Distinguished Cultural Commentary

  • Alice Gibbs — Newsweek

Look, I understand there is room to report on other stories besides the glaring global problems and domestic strife. No one is saying you cannot report on other lighter fare at the same time. It seems less than frivolous journalism, however, to go into detail that some people see a glass on a kitchen counter and manage to see the image as something else.




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