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NBC’s Williams: Pulitzer Picks Should Inspire Young Journalists Like Watergate

Overheard at the Overseas Press Club Awards, courtesy of E&P:

Brian Williams hailed the Pulitzer-winning probes, saying this latest round “is going to spur an interest in working for the media,” somewhat like what happened after Watergate. “These are great examples of great journalism that will spur young people to do it as a career.”

Unlike Williams, I don’t find much inspiration in this year’s Pulitzer picks. As the editors explain in today’s WOTW, “With the power of journalism comes a responsibility to ask whether publishing a story will harm our national security in ways that far outweigh whatever good might come of it. But the Pulitzer Board seems unaware that there is a balance to be struck. Or maybe they just don’t care.”

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