Donald Trump’s utter disdain for the free press is one of the few consistencies in what is otherwise a deeply chaotic and inconsistent presidency. He is constantly waging war against what he calls “fake news,” which is really just code for any press coverage that paints him in an unflattering light.
Undaunted by the incessant attacks from the most powerful man in the world, prominent newspapers — most notably The New York Times and The Washington Post — have remained steadfast in their coverage, hunting down the truth wherever it leads. Now, their diligence is being properly recognized.
The prestigious Pulitzer Prizes were announced today. Both The Times and The Post were given staff awards for their ongoing coverage of the investigation into possible collusion between the Trump team and Russia to sway the 2016 election.
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The Post was also recognized for its historic coverage of the Alabama Senate race and the allegations of sexual assault and pedophilia leveled against Republican candidate Roy Moore. The bombshell reporting helped defeat Moore and get Democrat Doug Jones elected to the Senate in a deeply Republican state.
The Post received the Investigative Reporting prize and the National Reporting prize, which The Times also won.
The announcement is a major rebuke of Trump and a clear stance against the wave of fake news conspiracy theories that he has ushered into the national discourse. Trump won’t be president forever, but the safety and survival of our republic are dependent on reliable, honest reporting the likes of which we continue to get from these dogged publications.
Although they certainly didn’t need further encouragement, driven by civic duty as they clearly are, these prizes are a welcome reward for the newspapers helping to stave off the worst mendacity and manipulation of the Trump era.