Former President Donald Trump is urging the Pulitzer Prize Committee to cancel in 2018 the awards that have been distributed to the organization’s staffs. New York times and Washington Post their reports fueling the scam that the Trump campaign had partnered with Russia to win the 2016 presidential election.
In a letter dated 30 September but published on Tuesday afternoon, Trump wrote the Pulitzer Prize to the interim administration to Bud Kliment:
I urge the Pulitzer Prize Committee to immediately withdraw the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting from New York Times and Washington Post staff, which was based on false information about the non-existent connection between the Kremlin and the Trump campaign. As has been widely reported, the news coverage was just a politically motivated farce trying to spin the false story that my campaign allegedly made a conspiracy with Russia despite the complete lack of evidence behind this claim.
Trump added: “For two years, these institutions were feverishly pushing Russian stories one after another and – despite a lack of credible evidence – trying to convince the public that my campaign had colluded with the Russian government.”
He urged news agencies to donate their prizes voluntarily, but if not, he expected the government to act.
“For more than a hundred years, the Pulitzer Prize has been widely recognized as a major achievement in the field of journalism. … When it turns out that the work that won the Pulitzer Prize was based on poor, questionable and manifestly false reporting – as in this case – the Pulitzer Prize board must react accordingly, ”he wrote.
Trump’s letter was attached to another letter from a lawyer representing him, dated 15 November. His lawyer’s letter similarly called on the board to remove both papers from their awards or be subject to “prompt legal action.” Lawyer Alina Habba wrote:
Based on the above, the Pulitzer Prize Committee is required to take immediate action to remove the New York Times and The Washington Post from the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting. The failure of the Pulitzer Prize Board will result in prompt legal action against it. Please guide accordingly.
Habba said the sources of the point-of-sale reports “are now threatened with criminal charges for their illegal behavior.”
Special Prosecutor John Durham recently indicted a third person who made false statements to the FBI to corroborate conspiracy allegations, Igor Danchenko.
Danchenko, exposing his accusations, lied to the FBI about the false information he provided in the document that laid the groundwork for Trump’s campaign control order and provided a roadmap for the FBI’s investigation into Trump’s campaign and administration.
The indictment revealed that Danchenko provided information about a fake source and public relations manager who was a longtime ally of Bill and Hillary Clinton’s Charles Dolan Jr.
The revelations brought about Washington Post pull out and edit parts of about a dozen articles last week, and its editor-in-chief wrote that ” Send could no longer tolerate the accuracy of those parts of the story. “
Despite these disclosures, the Pulitzer Prize Committee has not taken steps to correct, cancel, or otherwise disapprove any misinformation in the subject articles. Even one of the award winners, The Washington Post, has admitted the unfounded nature of its reporting of these events. More specifically, on November 12, 2021, The Post withdrew statements on several articles related to the Steele document and the alleged link between Russia and Trump, and its editor-in-chief declared that “The Post could no longer tolerate the accuracy of these parts of the story.
The lawyer pointed out that Send has also called on CNN to withdraw its reporting, adding that its failure is due to “many people do not trust CNN”.
Meanwhile, Habba wrote, the Pulitzer Prize website continues to claim that articles on the subject were “deeply derived” and continue to refer to “Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election and its links to Trump’s campaign, the president’s transition team and his possible administration.”
“In order not to remove these statements, cancel the award, or even publicly comment on the illegal nature of the works, the Pulitzer Prize Committee actively promotes the false reporting they contain and promotes defamatory statements against our client,” he wrote.
He warned the Pulitzer Prize Committee that there is a legal obligation to retain and not to destroy relevant documents or information.
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