The 2019 vintage of the prestigious Pulitzer Prize took on Monday, April 15, a resolutely militant tone with two journalistic investigations into Donald Trump, both unfavorable to the president, and a reward for the two Reuters reporters imprisoned in Burma. The investigation of New York Times evoked how the former promoter had built his fortune, when that of the Wall Street Journal revealed the existence of payments to buy the silence of two supposed former Donald Trump mistresses.
Awarded in the “explanatory journalism” category, David Barstow, Susanne Craig and Russ Buettner, from New York Times, were based on the recurring assertions of the President of the United States that he had made himself alone. After more than a year of investigation, they affirmed, in early October, that Donald Trump had in fact received from his father, over several years, the equivalent of $ 413 million today. Funds that would have, in part, been transferred through a shell company, which would have allowed them to evade tax. Investigation, “Dependent” according to Donald Trump, had been swept away by the Republican President, who had qualified its content as” boring “ and ” already seen “. It nevertheless led to the opening of an investigation by the New York State tax authorities, the conclusions of which are not known.
The prize awarded to Wall Street Journal, in the “national journalism” category, it was not for a survey but for a series of articles. In early January 2018, the financial daily was the first to report the existence of an alleged affair between Donald Trump and pornographic actress Stephanie Clifford, aka Stormy Daniels.
“Enemy of the people”
In November 2016, he had already published the scoop of the payment of 150,000 dollars that the press group American Media Inc (AMI), publisher of the weekly scandal National Enquirer, had made to a former playmate, Karen McDougal, for the rights of the story of his supposed adventure with the future president of the United States. Ally, at the time, of Donald Trump, AMI actually intended to bury the story, according to several American media. Donald Trump has always denied the existence of these links. But his former lawyer and confidant, Michael Cohen, has sworn that the billionaire is not unaware of the payments he made on his behalf.
In a thinly veiled reference to the president, Pulitzer Prize administrator Dana Canedy regretted when announcing the award that “Some demean the press by presenting it as the enemy of democracy in the service of which it works”. Donald Trump has regularly referred to the mainstream media as“Enemy of the people”, accusing them of spreading false information or of systematically seeking to discredit him.
In addition to these prizes, the jury of the most prestigious journalism prize in the United States honored in particular, in the “news” category (“Breaking news”) writing the daily Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for his coverage of the Tree of Life synagogue massacre, which left eleven people dead on October 27.
In the “international” category, it also awarded Reuters journalists Kyaw Soe Oo and Wa Lone, sentenced to seven years in prison in Burma, for their coverage of the persecution of Rohingya Muslims.
Out of category, the eighteen members of the jury awarded a special mention to the editorial staff of the Capital Gazette, five members of which lost their lives on June 28 under the bullets of a man who was angry on a daily basis for having published an article about him. ” There is hope “, said Dana Canedy, despite threats and intimidation facing journalists in many countries around the world today. “Of course the press will last because, as the Founding Fathers knew [des Etats-Unis], without it, there is no democracy. “
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Pulitzer Prize rewards two embarrassing journalistic investigations for Trump