Both the Washington Post and the New York Times are refusing to return the Pulitzer prizes that they received for their false reporting on the debunked “Russia Collusion Hoax” — where the outlets claimed that former President Donald Trump had colluded with Russia to win the 2016 presidential election.
The New York Times and The Washington Post won Pulitzer Prizes for their reporting on their garbage Russia collusion stories.
If they had a shred of integrity, they’d return the Pulitzers!
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) May 17, 2023
While most people have been aware for some time that the Russian collusion claims were false, all doubt was removed on Monday when Special Counsel John Durham released his report on the conclusions of his investigation into the matter.
“Neither US law enforcement nor the Intelligence Community appears to have possessed any actual evidence of collusion in their holdings at the commencement of the Crossfire Hurricane investigation,” the report stated.
As John Nolte for Breitbart News wrote in an op-ed, the Durham report “debunked every facet of the Russia Collusion allegation and proved the whole thing was a politically-motivated smear campaign invented by Hillary Clinton, blessed by Barack Obama, and furthered by the FBI.”
Now, many are calling for the two far-left outlets to do the right thing and return their Pulitzers.
“Why should someone be rewarded for spreading a hoax? the thinking goes. Well, I will and have argued that these corporate news outlets knew all along it was a hoax,” Nolte noted, adding: “The corporate media knew it was being lied to by the FBI and wanted to be lied to by the FBI.”
The Daily Mail asked both the Washington Post and the New York Times if they intend to return the Pulitzers that they received for their reporting on the hoax. While the NYT refused to respond, the Washington Post doubled down on the lies — stating that they “stand by” their reporting.
“The Post stands by its reporting,” a Washington Post spokeswoman told the Daily Mail.
According to the Daily Mail, the spokeswoman went on to cite a 2022 review from the Pulitzer board that claimed no elements of their reporting “were discredited by facts that emerged subsequent to the conferral of the prizes.”
Of course, that review didn’t include the recently released Durham report — and the review was even wrong at the time, as the fact is: there was no evidence for the Russia Collusion hoax, and the Steele Dossier used as evidence to begin the investigation into the Trump campaign had already been proven to be lies.
Trump previously called for the left-wing outlets to give back their Pulitzers after evidence showed that the reporting was false.
President Trump tells Hannity the media should have to give back the Pulitzer Prizes for the reporting on the Russia Hoax. pic.twitter.com/HwVll1Abua
— 3sidedstory 🇺🇲 (@3sidedstory) November 24, 2021
The outlets will never return their prizes, according to Nolte, who wrote: “Retractions and returning fake Pulitzers are acts of contrition, an acknowledgment you did something wrong. The Times, Post, and CNN will never admit to doing anything wrong because, in their corrupt eyes, they did nothing wrong. Spreading bald-faced lies to rid the country of Trump is seen by the corporate media as virtuous, not shameful.”