The 2013 Walter Duranty Prize for mendacious journalism was announced on Monday.


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The 2013 Walter Duranty Prize for mendacious journalism was announced on Monday.

This prize – in honor (or, more accurately, dishonor) of Walter Duranty, the New York Times Moscow correspondent during the 1920s and 1930s – was first given in 2011 by PJ Media and The New Criterion. For various reasons of sloth and bureaucracy, it has taken the organizations a year and a half to award a second round, but the prize will now be put on an annual basis.

A second award – The Rather (after Dan Rather) — for lifetime achievement in mendacious journalism was initiated this year.

Sadly, the number of qualified candidates far exceeded the number of prizes.

In related news: “A suspected arms dealer, an allegedly crooked mayor dealing in White House access, and a cowardly attorney general walk into a bar. Even if it’s the bar right next door to The Washington Post, would they get any coverage? If they’re Democrats, the answer is probably no.”

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  • Cotour

    In the spirit of the prize, not the reporter but the reported on, which leading political jackass said this about Boko Haram and the 200, give or take, young girls that they have kidnapped and threaten to sell into slavery as ordered by their religious beliefs:

    “They don’t offer anything except violence. They don’t offer a health care plan, they don’t offer schools. They don’t tell you how to build a nation, they don’t talk about how they will provide jobs. They just tell people, ‘You have to behave the way we tell you to,’ and they will punish you if you don’t.”

    (this actually sounds like the entire Liberal / Marxist political game plan)

    Answer, this jackass. This is the mentality that “leads” us:

    http://townhall.com/tipsheet/leahbarkoukis/2014/05/05/kerry-rails-against-terrorists-they-dont-offer-a-health-care-plan-n1833742

  • Cotour

    Potentially the apex of political / media manipulation of the public. If something like this actually happens and the public allows it and rewards the Clinton’s with access to the White House again then We The People deserve what we have and get. These people along with the Bush’s need to be rejected with extreme prejudice.

    http://www.suntimes.com/news/sneed/27321171-452/sneed-there-are-rumblings-bill-clinton-may-apologize-to-wife-lewinsky.html#.U20Zx4FdWSo

  • Cotour

    The re-positioning of Mitt Romney?

    http://www.politico.com/story/2014/05/mitt-romney-minimum-wage-106524.html?hp=r10

    When a politician who is suppose to be an apex capitalist makes a statement like:

    ““I, for instance, as you know, I part company with many of the conservatives in my party on the issue of the minimum wage. I think we ought to raise it,” the 2012 Republican presidential nominee said. “Because frankly, our party is all about more jobs and better pay.”

    (lets keep in mind that about 5 to 7 percent of the work force are paid the minimum wage)

    When you contradict yourself in one sentence by combining the concept of more jobs and better pay IMO you are pandering to a segment of the population that does not understand the basic workings of business. When you purposefully flip paying employees more and equating that action with creating a situation of hiring more people you are playing the political pandering game and you are pandering to the left.

    It however may be a valid political strategy in garnering votes and it would be “OK” as long as you really did not believe it and only said it to shape the masses fundamental impression of you in order to create an internal atmosphere that would allow a Left oriented voter to vote for you against what would have been something that would have been un-thinkable before.

  • Edward

    Henry Ford famously said, “There is one rule for the industrialist and that is: Make the best quality of goods possible at the lowest cost possible, paying the highest wages possible.”

    The company must determine the quality and cost of its goods, as well as the highest possible wages. For government to determine the wages, it reduces the ability of the company to choose its ability to provide quality and lower the cost of the product.

    Raising the minimum wage is counterproductive. Even my third grade teacher taught us that concept (though not in relation to minimum wages): when the price of something increases, the demand for it decreases. As the CBO recently said, to raise the minimum wage by the proposed $3 would result in the loss of half a million jobs. Which reminds me of another Ford quote:
    “We try to pay a man what he is worth and we are not inclined to keep a man who is not worth more than the minimum wage.”

    In order to keep costs down and quality up, America’s companies would need to hire those people who already have a good skill set. Kids in high school and people just out of school are those who are least likely to have the good skill set that will make them desirable to an employer. The more expensive an unskilled worker is, the less likely he is to find a first job. And without that first job, he remains unskilled. It is a classic catch-22, and Romney should understand it just as well as Ford did.

    Unskilled labor is hired only when the minimum wage is less than or equal to the wage that a company is willing to pay unskilled labor.

    Of course, much of the news editors do not subscribe to the idea of a free market or of free speech for those who disagree with their dishonorable, mendacious, protect-the-Democrats-at-all-costs agendas. This may explain why much of the press is hitting hard times with reduced viewership and readership. It would also explain why Donald Sterling, who reportedly donates do Democratic causes but forgot to change his voting registration to Democrat, can’t catch a break from the press about his recent scandal, as so many registered Democrats do.

  • Cotour

    Maybe Romney will run again and really mean it this time.

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