aprilhenry (aprilhenry) wrote,

You may already be a winner

It used to be easier to claim things, back before anyone with a little free time and Google could set out to prove you wrong.

In what seems a little bit like the pot calling out the kettle, the dust jacket of conservative author and commentator Jonah Goldberg’s "The Tyranny of Clichés: How Liberals Cheat in the War of Ideas," describes him as having "twice been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize."

Only it turns out that that doesn’t mean nominee like finalist or like Academy Awards-nominee. It means nominee like someone filled out a form and ponied up $50. The Pulitzer people are quite clear about that. The term nominee is supposed to be reserved for the finalists.

NPR’s Michele Williams is also described as a Pulitzer prize nominee on various speakers’ bureau’s websites, but on the NPR web site she is correctly described as a four-time Pulitzer entrant, which doesn’t have quite the same ring to it.

Read more about this misleading practice here.

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