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.”