Snobs Doomed Enquirer's Pulitzer Bid

Edwards exposé a shoo-in for glory—but not for tabloid
By Marie Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 13, 2010 1:37 PM CDT
Snobs Doomed Enquirer's Pulitzer Bid
This Dec. 27, 2006, photo provided by the National Enquirer shows Rielle Hunter with John Edwards in the 9th Ward of New Orleans.   (AP Photo/The National Enquirer)

By any sane measure, the unmasking of John Edwards as a philanderer who knocked up his mistress while his wife battled cancer was one of the all-time great scoops—except in determining the winners of yesterday's Pulitzer Prizes for journalism. "The media elite circled the wagons to exclude the scrappy, self-proclaimed supermarket tabloid," Emily Miller writes for the Washington Times.

"If the New York Times or the Washington Post had broken the same stories about Mr. Edwards, the Pulitzer would have been a slam dunk," she rages. Instead, the mainstream media looked the other way as Edwards' web of lies unraveled. Still, there's a silver lining, Miller writes: "The next time the Enquirer uncovers a political scandal, the mainstream media will have no choice to pay attention—and follow up."
(More Pulitzer Prize stories.)

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