Dear United States of America:

You’ve been #Pulitzered…and we’re sorry.


Johannes Gutenberg & James Franklin

P.S. Here's a thread about one of the biggest Ivy League University cover-ups in modern history—and you probably haven't heard about it until now. 🧵
1/x Everyone’s heard of the Pulitzer Prize.

But few know @PulitzerPrizes are nothing more than a glorified version of Columbia University.

This thread examines how @Columbia uses the luster of the Pulitzer name to manipulate U.S. print media outlets.
2/x The @PulitzerPrizes Board is composed of journalists from the top U.S. print media outlets.

But Columbia University’s President, Lee Bollinger, lords over the Pulitzer Board, making the Pulitzer a direct extension of @Columbia & its related entities.
3/x Columbia’s control of @PulitzerPrizes allows it to leverage the "manufactured prestige" of the prize, to influence journalists to write the kind of stories that @Columbia deems “worthy". This comes at the expense of a free and independent press.
4/x Worse yet, Columbia’s control of Pulitzer makes print news outlets afraid to report news that is critical of @Columbia, shielding the University from bad press.

If it weren't for @DanaBashCNN, Columbia’s 30-year cover-up might be unknown outside NYC.
5/x Despite Columbia's 30-year sexual abuse cover-up, little to no reporting has been done by @NYTimes @WaPo @USAToday @NPR @NewYorker. Ironically, "fear of Columbia” may explain why @Columbia's student newspaper has reported more on the cover-up than NYT.
6/x As cases of abuse by @Columbia & @NYPHospital’s OB/GYN Robert Hadden increased, Pres. Bollinger tried to misdirect the public's attention by awarding @PulitzerPrizes to three @LATimes journos for reporting on a similar predator gynecologist…at USC. 🤯…
7/x Since journalists know Columbia University ≈ @PulitzerPrizes, it's disappointing—but not surprising—that none of those @LATimes “Investigative Reporters” asked Pres. Bollinger about the active 30-year cover-up of his own OB/GYN's sexual abuse at @Columbia and @NYPHospital.
8/x Nobody benefits from @ColumbiaJourn’s bogus @PulitzerPrizes that cause US print media outlets to be unwilling to publish news reports that are critical of @Columbia—either bc their journalists are on the Pulitzer Board, or bc they're afraid of being passed over for a prize.
9/x We're at the point where corporate interests are now controlling the press and silencing diversity of speech.

The next tweet contains the contact info for the @PulitzerPrizes Board. Please R/T it to remind them that we need — and support — a truly Free & Independent Press.

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30 Oct 19
1. Multiple public officials are calling for @TishJames to investigate Manhattan’s beleaguered District Attorney Cy Vance, as details emerge about the increasingly outrageous plea deals that Vance has handed out to wealthy, well-connected sexual predators.
2. Vance first came under fire in 2017 when evidence surfaced that his office refused to prosecute 3 high-profile cases. In each case, it appeared that lawyers for criminal defendants “donated” money to DA Vance in exchange for special treatment.
3. One of those three cases involves serial predator Robert Hadden who is believed to have sexually exploited and abused hundreds of OB/GYN patients at @NYPHospital, @Columbia, and their related medical offices and clinics.
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