Pulitzer prizes were announced yesterday. Examining the list of many worthy winners, I am gratified that David Leonhardt won a richly-deserved commentary prize. I am also gratified that Siddhartha Mukherjee won the general nonfiction prize for The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer This is a graceful, at times gripping work on nonfiction literature that everyone who wants to understand cancer science and policy needs to read.
I’m less gratified by the prize awarded to the Wall Street Journal editorial page.
I disagree with many conservatives who have won before–George Will and Charles Krauthammer, for example–who deeply deserved the recognition. The Wall Street Journal editorial page is different. The citation reads:
Awarded to Joseph Rago of The Wall Street Journal for his well crafted, against-the-grain editorials challenging the health care reform advocated by President Obama.
No. In my opinion, the Wall Street Journal’s editorial page was–at-best–highly misleading in characterizing the health reform debate. In the opinion of any reasonable person, these editorials were crudely partisan when describing complex matters such as the 1099 debate, revenue projections, and more. (See here for many specific examples.)
This body of propaganda was and remains unworthy of the often-outstanding coverage the Wall Street Journal provided in its regular news pages.