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Tag: Pulitzer Prize

April
15th

Do Pulitzer Prizes lean left?

Author/blogger Diana West thinks so, and she makes a pretty good case in this column. Even this year’s Pulitzer for commentary to conservative columnist Kathleen Parker is somewhat tainted, West writes, because Parker furthers the liberal agenda by occasionally bashing social conservatives including – most prominently – Sarah Palin.

Here’s her column:

By Diana West

Just as the Pulitzer Prizes come around every year, a conservative columnist comes around after them, dusting off the hard fact, as measured in an ever-expanding set of tally marks, that conservatives rarely get to pop a champagne cork over one of their own.

Take the Pulitzer Prize for commentary. Since George F. Will won in 1977, William Safire (1978), Vermont Royster (1984), Charles Krauthammer (1987), Paul Gigot (2000) and Dorothy Rabinowitz (2001) have won as well, and good for them. But that’s six conservative columnists in 33 years.

This year’s winner, Kathleen Parker, is sometimes seen as Rightish, but, with a penchant for smacking down social conservatives, she is perhaps too enlightened, Pulitzer-ainly speaking, to count. As Parker herself put it: “It’s only because I’m a conservative-basher that I’m now recognized after 23 years of toiling in the fields, right?”

Hard to say. But it fits the Pulitzer pattern. Read more »

April
12th

Kathleen Parker’s Pulitzer

Among the 2010 Pulitzer Prize winners announced Monday is Washington Post columnist Kathleen Parker for her commentary on national and world issues. She’s in worthy company on our opinion pages, which also include columns by earlier Pulitzer winners David Broder, George Will, Eugene Robinson, Charles Krauthammer, Joel Brinkley and Leonard Pitts Jr. (Maybe the lesson here is, if you write long enough, eventually you win a Pultizer.)

What I like about Parker is that although she’s a conservative, she doesn’t come at issues ideologically; she has the capacity to surprise. That actually got her into hot water when she

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