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Will the ‘New York Times’ and ‘Washington Post’ return their Pulitzers?

The New York Times building in New York City
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The release of the Durham report on Monday, May 15, 2023, confirmed what everyone already knew that any accusations Donald Trump colluded with the Russians were based on a lie.

Breitbart provides more details:

Now that the Monday release of the Durham Report has debunked every facet of the Russia Collusion allegation and proved the whole thing was a politically-motivated smear campaign invented by Hillary Clinton, blessed by Barack Obama, and furthered by the FBI, there have been numerous calls for these left-wing outlets to return their fake Pulitzers.

Why should someone be rewarded for spreading a hoax? the thinking goes. Well, I will and have argued that these corporate news outlets knew all along it was a hoax.

Yes, the New York Times and the Washington Post both won Pulitzer prizes for their coverage of the Russian collusion, and now many are stating these awards should be returned.

And it’s not just Breitbart suggesting this.

Apparently, the Daily Mail contacted both the New York Times and Washington Post asking if they planned to return their Pulizers based on their coverage of the now debunked Russian collusion. The New York Times refused to provide an answer, while the Washington Post glibly said it stood behind its reporting.

The Daily Mail explains:

A Left-wing Trump-bashing newspaper has refused to return its 2018 Pulitzer Prize over the now-debunked theory that the ex-president conspired with Russia.

The Washington Post and New York Times picked up the most-vaunted award in American journalism for its ‘deeply sourced, relentlessly reported coverage.’

But the DC-based outlet, which is bankrolled by Democrat-donating Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos, insists it will not give up its National Reporting honor. 

‘The Post stands by its reporting,’ a Washington Post spokeswoman said.

READ: Nolte: Washington Post Won’t Return Fake Pulitzer, ‘Stands By’ Russia Reporting AND Washington Post STANDS BY its reporting and says Pulitzer board concluded Trump-Russia stories were NOT ‘discredited’ – as calls grow for awards to be swiped after Durham report

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