Our weekly recognition of less-than meritorious excellence in journalism worthy of Pulitzer consideration.
As an extension of a new 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 Social Criticism
Chris Cillizza, CNN
In the desire to ‘prove’ that the so-called far-right news networks (those being Newsmax and One America News Network) are beholden to conspiracies, the always cerebral pundit Chris Cillizza pointed to a recent survey. In it, he found one pull-statistic: 40% of those who said they rusted the ‘far-right’ news networks also believed theories from Qanon.
The problem — once you actually look into the metrics of the survey you discover how few people actually are viewers of the two networks. In the end, of the over 5,000 people who were surveyed, the amount of those who said they agreed with Qanon was only 67 — a figure nearly matched by those who said they trusted CNN, which was 62.
Distinguished Local Reporting
Edward Murphy, The Portland Press Herald (Maine)
No one is more shocked than ourselves — because no one is really all that shocked…
Distinguished Explanatory Reporting
Brianna Keilar, CNN
The arrival of the generational scourge that is the cicadas has — for some reason — many news outlets promoting the idea of using the bugs as a foodstuff. Great idea; we are just about to emerge from a pandemic lockdown, so why not encourage people to start gnawing on some flying larval infestations who have been ensconced in the mire and muck for over a decade?!
On New Day, Keilar hosted a cooking segment with a supposed gourmet expert on the preparations of these insects, and in promoting the video, the hostess makes this bold declaration about her show’s reputation. I can only take
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