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Guardian and WaPo Receive Pulitzers For Snowden Coverage 78

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from the pulitzer-prize-board-added-to-terrorist-organization-list dept.
Late Yesterday, the Pulitzer Prize board announced (PDF) the 2014 Pulitzer Prize winners. The public service prize was awarded to the Guardian and the Washington Post. The Washington Post was given the award for its role in revealing widespread surveillance by the NSA, "...marked by authoritative and insightful reports that helped the public understand how the disclosures fit into the larger framework of national security," and the Guardian for sparking "...a debate about the relationship between the government and the public over issues of security and privacy." Snowden released a statement praising the Pulitzer board: "Today's decision is a vindication for everyone who believes that the public has a role in government. We owe it to the efforts of the brave reporters and their colleagues who kept working in the face of extraordinary intimidation, including the forced destruction of journalistic materials, the inappropriate use of terrorism laws, and so many other means of pressure to get them to stop what the world now recognizes was work of vital public importance. This decision reminds us that what no individual conscience can change, a free press can. "
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Guardian and WaPo Receive Pulitzers For Snowden Coverage

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  • Good (Score:5, Insightful)

    by NotDrWho (3543773) on Tuesday April 15, 2014 @08:32AM (#46755513)

    Snowden deserves a Nobel prize too. And Clapper and the other NSA leaders deserve prison time.

    • Re:Good (Score:4, Insightful)

      by 14erCleaner (745600) <FourteenerCleaner@yahoo.com> on Tuesday April 15, 2014 @09:41AM (#46755943) Homepage Journal

      Snowden deserves a Nobel prize too.

      Or at least a mention in the Pulitzer announcement. The way the announcement phrased it, you'd think the journalists dug out this information on their own, rather than having it dumped in their laps.

      • by NotDrWho (3543773)

        The way the announcement phrased it, you'd think the journalists dug out this information on their own, rather than having it dumped in their laps.

        This is particularly true in the case of The Washington Post. IIRC, Snowden provided all the raw info, Greenwald at The Guardian did all the journalistic legwork. And The Washington Post was just brought in at the last minutes and handed everything in finished form just to lend some U.S. credibility to the story. The Post's entire contribution was to basically say "Yeah, okay thanks, we'll publish it too." It's like giving a Pulitzer to a paper who just picked up the AP story and published it unaltered.

    • by BitZtream (692029)

      No he doesn't. Nothing he did promoted any values associated with any current Nobel prizes. Perhaps you should learn what the Nobel prizes are about rather than just spewing 'give him an award' first. You can certainly argue that he deserves recognition if you want, but the Nobel prizes aren't things that just get thrown around ...

      On that same note, nothing the Guardian nor WaPo did in this case makes them worthy of a Pulitzer. Someone else did all the work for them.

      Oh shit, nevermind, I forgot that get

    • This article is cute considering I was playing The Republia Times [dukope.com] yesterday.

  • by rmdingler (1955220) on Tuesday April 15, 2014 @08:35AM (#46755533)
    In a World where personal freedoms are all too routinely stricken from existence without constitutional testing,

    it is reassuring that the Press remains a thorn in the side of those who would oppress.

    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward

      Then why haven't they gone after the man who campaigned to stop all of this, but has done nothing?

      You might remember him, Barak Obama(D).

      • by Vitriol+Angst (458300) on Tuesday April 15, 2014 @10:05AM (#46756159)

        They've gone after him -- for everything but actual offenses to the Constitution.

        Benghazi, birth certificates, communism -- it's not his fault the alleged opposition party has bad aim.

        • by Arker (91948)
          Eh, Benghazi may not belong in your list actually. Check out Seymour Hersh's recent work re: the 'rat line'
        • by Mashiki (184564)

          Well that's not really true, in the cases of both Benghazi and say F&F they're still on-going because the witnesses have either disappeared. Or the government itself has made the evidence disappear.

    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      by cold fjord (826450)

      ... it is reassuring that the Press remains a thorn in the side of those who would oppress.

      Unfortunately the Press is all too often no longer "equal opportunity bastards," they are far too partial to one side of the argument.

      • It's all in the tone of the language, my brother. Sure, if people are a cog in the machine there will be bias.

        But when you call out a lack of equal opportunity bastards in reference to a liberal whistle-blower, you sort of tip your hand.

        Now you wouldn't want these liberal rat bastards (and don't kid yourself a rat bastard is an order of bastard more than mean) to suspect your intelligent reply is ridden with partisan nonsense.

        You may stay true to your roots and remain cognizant that the problems with thi

    • by fredrated (639554)

      A very small, almost too small to notice, thorn. That's why they are allowed to live.

      • by the eric conspiracy (20178) on Tuesday April 15, 2014 @09:14AM (#46755757)

        What have you done to make it more painful? Do you even vote? How about writing some letters? Or giving money to a candidate?

        In the end it's simple. Apathy is the ultimate enemy of freedom.

        • What have you done to make it more painful? Do you even vote? How about writing some letters? Or giving money to a candidate?

          That is, of course, the wrong way to look at apathy. Voter/citizen apathy is like a gay man... how could you rationally hate him when he's making your priorities statistically more likely to occur?

    • Well, we've only got two thorns for a fact at the moment -- it's kind of sad when you get a Nobel Prize for just doing your job. Kind of like Obama getting the Nobel Prize for Peace for just not being George Bush.

    • I thought that guy in the Guardian recently had his computer, with the rest of the files he had, apprehended by British security forces who promptly destroyed all the remaining evidence. Oh right there it is [theguardian.com]. They 'voluntarily' destroyed the hard drives in front of the security forces.

      • It's clear to me on the order of crystal the Guardian reporters were aware of the moral of the story concerning all your eggs in one basket.
  • by Connie_Lingus (317691) on Tuesday April 15, 2014 @09:21AM (#46755817) Homepage

    ...that almost everyone I speak to in real life thinks Snowden is a criminal.

    he embodies everything people "say" they value in a democracy, yet they want to put him in jail and throw away the key because, basically, he embarrassed some allegedly criminal senior government officials.

    clueless.

    • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

      by Anonymous Coward

      He *is* a criminal. He is still right though.

      http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/criminal

      This is going to be tough but George Washington is considered a criminal too and Benedict Arnold is considered a patriot, in England. Because in that country under their laws they are.

      Most people still believe in the fairness of our justice system. They probably do not realize the gov would make an example of him. Until there are a few hollywood style movies making him look like a super hero. Most people will

    • by wiredog (43288)

      Snowden is a hero, and now he is working to support Russia's effort to protect its people in Ukraine! Soon the Russian Army will complete the liberation of the Russian nationals in Ukraine and all with the help of Snowden! He has tremendously boosted the Russian security services! He is hero to the world!

    • by datorum (1280144)
      it is the same with catholic church, "it" did and does everything that is not "Christian", but still is the biggest "Christian" church on the planet... yeah, stupidity can be fascinating, but mostly it is just sad.
  • hehe THAT has GOT to piss off the current US government..... Couldn't happen to a worse bunch of crooks...

    • by BitZtream (692029)

      Why would it piss the government off? All it does is distract you from what they are doing while you dance around like you've scored some big win.

      Its no different than Obamas' peace prize. Its stupid and shows just how much of a sheep people like you are.

      Yay! Prizes for everyone ... even thought they haven't done anything.

      Congratulations, you're EXACTLY the kind of person that causes these sort of problems to go so long without anything being done about it because you're more concerned with a pat on the b

  • "Today's decision is a vindication for all vain egomaniacs who's unbridled narcissism can be fulfilled with merely an amateur's technology skills..."
  • That's nice (Score:3, Insightful)

    by koan (80826) on Tuesday April 15, 2014 @10:28AM (#46756365)

    What did Snowden get?

  • collusion: secret or illegal cooperation or conspiracy, esp. in order to cheat or deceive others...

    And that's what we have these days between the government and our so-called Public utilities,(notice I don't say OUR government,it isn't ours anymore)

    Back when it was the "Bell System", J. Edgar would just "drop a dime" and get any info He needed from Ma Bell, ....on a case by case basis.
    The government broke up the Bell System,In the name of "competition", SBC went around and bought all the Baby Bells, and put

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