05 May 2015

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot? Pulitzer Prize Edition

The editor of the editorial page most likely to be shown as factually inaccurate by the front pate, that of the Wall Street Journal, has been named as the Chairman of the Pulitzer Prize Board:
Paul Gigot, the editorial page editor and vice president of The Wall Street Journal, has been elected chair of the Pulitzer Prize Board, Columbia University announced today.

Gigot succeeds Danielle Allen, a scholar and author who is the incoming director of the Edmund J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University. The Pulitzer Board chairmanship is a one-year appointment. Board members serve a maximum of nine years.

Gigot’s career at The Wall Street Journal spans 35 years. He has held his current position since 2001. He is responsible for the newspaper's editorials, op-ed articles, arts criticism and book reviews. He also directs the editorial pages of the Journal's Asian and European editions and the OpinionJournal.com website. He is the host of the weekly half-hour news program, the Journal Editorial Report, on the Fox News Channel.

Gigot joined the Journal in 1980 as a reporter in Chicago. He became the Journal’s Asia correspondent in 1982, based in Hong Kong. He won an Overseas Press Club award for his reporting on the Philippines. In 1984, he was named the first editorial page editor of The Asian Wall Street Journal, based in Hong Kong. In 1987, he was assigned to Washington, where he contributed editorials and a weekly column on politics, “Potomac Watch,” which won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary.
The Journal's editorial page is the most fact averse in the nation. (with the Washington Post's OP/ED page being an embarrassingly close 2nd)

Putting him in charge of the prize is on a par with making Mary Mallon* the New York State Commissioner of Health.

*Aka Typhoid Mary.


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