Tuesday, April 21, 2009
My guess is that a large part of the reason why the Times is failing is that for too long it has lived for itself
That can not be improved on. The Pulitzers are cited as a measure of quality but what do they really represent? A technical gloss to some extent, the residue of capital expended or "gold plating" and above all the approval of the Pulitzer Committee. But the Committee are just another face for the same self referential set that populate the Times' editorial board. The Pulitzer is no longer an independent measure of journalistic excellence than the Nobel Prize is an independent measure of the recipient's contribution to making the world a safer place.