"Once upon a time, it meant something for a reporter to be called a 'Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist,'" Brent Bozell scribbles in the opening of his latest column for Newsbusters. It didn't take long for him to turn those gorgeous, steely eyes our way:
The Pulitzer judges even bestowed an imprimatur on The Stranger, a Seattle alternative weekly rag edited for six years by radical sex columnist Dan Savage. Eli Sanders won the Feature Writing category for a story on a horrific local double-rape of two lesbians, one of whom was stabbed to death.
The Stranger staff’s reaction to the Pulitzer wasn’t solemn. Big surprise, that. Their website quickly added “Winner of the Pulitzer Prize” like a slogan and asked on their blog, “Hey, Eli: Is that a Pulitzer Prize in your pocket, or are you just happy to see us?” Unless I miss my guess, this is the first Pulitzer Prize for a newspaper that also operates an annual home-video pornography competition (called the Hump! Festival).
And so I'd like to say to Mr. Bozell: We have a Public Editor slot open, and we're holding tryouts right now. I think you'd be perfect for the job. Give us a call!