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AP meets The Miz

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Inside the arena, former MTV Real World buffoon and current WWE heel, ‘The Miz’, trots out from behind an enormous videotron, which plays images of his smirking greatness to obnoxious hard rock.  He runs down a gate-lined aisle, hops up into the ring, then climbs onto the top ropes.  He throws his arms up in the air, as the crowd soaks in his t-shirt, which screams with the public loudspeaker, “I’m Awesome!!”

Sort of like this tweet from the AP:

AP: BREAKING: Associated Press wins Pulitzer for reporting on NYPD’s spying on Muslim neighborhoods.

According to Wikipedia, this is the Pulitzer Prize board:

The 19-member board consists mostly of major newspaper editors and executives, along with four academics including the president of Columbia University and the dean of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

This is like Momma and Papa Duggar (of 19 Kids and Counting fame) giving two of their kids a gold star for playing nice, then the kids running into school the next day and presenting it at show and tell… during math class. 

The AP press release is equally entertaining.  For blowing the cover of the NYPD trying to protect ground-zero of 9/11 from future terrorist strikes:

Matt Apuzzo, Adam Goldman, Chris Hawley and Eileen Sullivan of The Associated Press today were named winners of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting for their months-long series outlining the New York Police Department’s surveillance of minority and particularly Muslim neighborhoods since the 9/11 terror attacks.

If only President Obama had been so vetted in the 2008 election.

Before a further explanation of why they won the award, just a reminder… I’m Awesome!!

 The Pulitzer Prizes are the most prestigious honors in journalism.

Then, an explanation of the award-winning series, followed by this back-patting self-analysis of the series that blew yet another potentially useful intelligence program out of the water:

“We’re especially gratified by this award, which recognizes the deep digging of our reporters on a story of vital interest,” said AP President and CEO Tom Curley. “The AP series has set off a healthy, important and timely debate on what tactics government can or should use to prevent another terrorist attack on the United States.”

Valerie Plame is aghast.  Or outed.  Or famous.  Or…nevermind.

Then we’re presented with more self-congratulation with as much coherence as WWE smack talk:

 Curley added: “No matter where you come down on the merits of this issue, one thing is clear: the public is better off knowing what methods its government is up to in the name of keeping people safe. A vigorous and strong free press is essential to helping inform the debate, especially when civil liberties are at stake.”

AP also earned accolades for another liberal favorite:

 In National Reporting, AP national writer Jeff Donn was a finalist for a series that raised serious questions about the safety of the U.S.’ aging nuclear reactors.

The undercover NYPD tactics and nuclear reactor safety are certainly newsworthy, and there are important questions raised by the NYPD program.  But it’s hard to take the awards seriously when once again liberals pat themselves on the back for protecting Muslims and going after the nuclear industry, then insist on showing everyone the gold star while the rest of us finish calculating what year Social Security goes bankrupt.

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