Trump rebukes Pulitzer Prize board for standing up to Russiagate 2018 honors: ‘Biggest reporting failure’

NEWYou can now listen to Fox News articles! Former President Trump chastised the Pulitzer Prize board on Monday for backing his 2018 National Reporting Awards to The New York Times and The Washington Post for

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Former President Trump chastised the Pulitzer Prize board on Monday for backing his 2018 National Reporting Awards to The New York Times and The Washington Post for “largely debunked” coverage of alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

“The Pulitzer Board took away any shred of credibility it had left with its ‘response’ to the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting, which was awarded to The New York Times and The Washington Post for blatantly false news,” said Trump at Fox News. Digital.

“Instead of acting with integrity and demonstrating transparency, Pulitzer’s board is covering up the biggest reporting failure in modern history: the bogus Russia-Russia collusion hoax. Why Washington Would the Post or the New York Times ever want to admit their obvious mistakes? and tell the truth when their false reporting is guarded and rewarded with the Pulitzer Prize, which at one point actually meant something? These outlets should give back their prize without Pulitzer notification, which would be the honorable thing to do,” Trump continued. “The only way for The New York Times and The Washington Post to get a possible Pulitzer Prize would be in a new category — the disinformation, for helping to perpetrate a false story created and peddled by Crooked Hillary Clinton, the DNC and some rogue Democrats. “

A separate source familiar with President Trump’s legal strategy told Fox News Digital that “all options are on the table to ensure proper transparency and restore the integrity of the Pulitzer Prize” after the board announced Monday that it would maintain the 2018 price.

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“The truth is that the 2018 Pulitzer Prize was awarded for reporting that merely reproduced political misinformation – misinformation that we know was fabricated by foreign agents and my political opponents. If the Pulitzer Prize became blatant acknowledgment of bogus liberal political propaganda, then Pulitzer’s board should just say so,” Trump said. “Instead, they hide their so-called ‘independent investigations’ in a veil of secrecy, so the public cannot know the truth. I will continue to do all I can to right the wrong done by the 2018 Pulitzer Prize. “

Former President Trump’s team isn’t giving up after the Pulitzer Prize Board announced it was upholding its 2018 National Reporting Awards given to The New York Times and The Washington Post for “largely debunked” coverage of the alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
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Trump communications director Taylor Budowich also tore at “media elites” who reward “propaganda” he says is designed to hurt the former president.

“The media elites, desperate to maintain the perception of power, are united to do whatever they can to stop President Trump from saving America. ‘” Budowich told Fox News Digital. “Yet President Trump is not backing down, and he is committed to exposing the entire media industry complex for its lack of transparency and integrity.”

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Earlier Monday, the award jury said the controversial award would stand despite criticism from Trump’s team, which included a fiery letter from the former president’s legal team calling on the Pulitzer Committee to take action.

“The Pulitzer Prize Board has an established formal process by which complaints against winning entries are carefully reviewed. Over the past three years, the Pulitzer Board has received inquiries, including from former President Donald Trump, regarding New York Times and Washington Post submissions on Russian interference in the U.S. election and its ties to the Trump campaign — submissions that jointly won the 2018 National Reporting Prize,” the Pulitzer Prize Board wrote.

“These investigations prompted the Pulitzer Board of Trustees to commission two independent reviews of the work submitted by these organizations in our national reporting competition. Both reviews were conducted by individuals unaffiliated with the institutions whose work was at issue. review, nor any connection between them. The separate reviews converged in their conclusions: that no passage or title, claim or assertion in any of the winning submissions has been discredited by facts that have arisen after the awarding of the prizes”, the jury continued, “The 2018 Pulitzer Prize Booth for National Reporting.”

The Pulitzer Prize board announced on Monday that it was upholding its 2018 national reporting awards given to The New York Times and The Washington Post for coverage of alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

The Pulitzer Prize board announced on Monday that it was upholding its 2018 national reporting awards given to The New York Times and The Washington Post for coverage of alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
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Times and Post staff shared the prestigious award for “deep, tirelessly reported source coverage in the public interest that significantly enhanced the nation’s understanding of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and its consequences.” ties to the Trump campaign, the transition of the president-elect team and his eventual administration,” according to Pulitzer’s website.

Trump attorneys John P. Rowley III and John S. Irving blasted Pulitzer Prize counsel for honoring ‘widely debunked’ reports that accused Trump’s campaign of colluding with the Russian government to gain advantage in the 2016 elections.

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“The idea that President Trump conspired with Vladimir Putin to skew the 2016 election in his favor has always been absurd. Since 2018, if not before, it is clear that the articles on which the Pulitzer Council based its award include numerous misrepresentations that are defamatory of our client,” the letter reads. “We suspect that in awarding the prize, the board was misled by frenzied media reports alleging that President Trump was colluding with Russia. That was never plausible, and it s It has since been proven to be a cynical invention of Hillary Clinton, her campaign, and the DNC.”

The letter raises a series of points that Trump’s legal team says make Pulitzer Prize-winning stories unworthy of this prestigious honor. He cited Special Counsel Robert Mueller failing to find evidence of collusion, a DOJ Inspector General report, a 2019 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court order, and the actions of several people such as Michael Sussmann and Igor Danchenko as supporting evidence for the claim that the Times and Post are not worthy of journalism awards for the Russian collusion narrative.

Subsequent reports on Russiagate revealed that many of the claims in the Christopher Steele dossier that gave rise to some of the earliest accounts of Trump-Russia collusion were false, mere rumors or even outright lies, and that figures like Sussmann and Danchenko were acting on behalf of the Clinton campaign. and pushed collusion stories that filtered down to the media.

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President Trump was upset that The New York Times was honored for the coverage his team called "unworthy" of a Pulitzer Prize.

President Trump was upset that The New York Times was honored for coverage his team called “unworthy” of a Pulitzer Prize.
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The winning collection of stories included headlines such as ‘FBI had to pay author of Trump dossier’, ‘Trump actions now at center of Mueller investigation’, ‘Unlikely source propelled scam investigation. Russian interference”, “Trump’s son heard of Moscow connection before meeting”, “President changes rationale for firing FBI director, calling him a ‘showboat'”, and “To sway vote , Russia used an army of fake Americans.”

The Pulitzer Prizes, announced annually by the President of Columbia University on the recommendation of the Pulitzer Prize Board, are regularly awarded to liberal news outlets. The Times and the Post have both won additional awards in the years since sharing the 2018 National Reporting award.

Trump and his team had made several attempts in the past to reverse the 2018 “wrong decision” in the past to no avail. The latest attempt, which prompted a reaction from the Pulitzer Prize Board, argued that the record needed to be corrected.

“We hope this information will be helpful to the Pulitzer Committee’s consideration of President Trump’s objections to the continued publication of the award given to The New York Times and The Washington Post. The Pulitzer Board should not have its imprimatur on a story that has been found to be political libel by Hillary Clinton, her campaign and the DNC, and which is detrimental to our client,” Trump’s lawyers wrote.

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“Certainly the findings of multiple investigations, trial testimony from former Clinton campaign officials, and other revelations since 2017 make it clear that the articles on which the award is based are unworthy of this honour,” the statement concludes. letter. “We request the opportunity to speak with the Pulitzer Committee so that we can offer any further assistance it needs to correct the record and promote journalistic fairness and integrity.”

The New York Times and Washington Post did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Fox News’ David Rutz contributed to this report.