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Huh? A Pulitzer Prize for Treason?

Aussies are rejoicing that an Australian [well American-Australian], Geraldine Brooks, has just been awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Literature for her book March.

Two reporters have also been awarded Pulitzer Prizes for their exposure of the Bush Administration's "internal" eaves-dropping on its citizens and an expose of the Cyclone Katrina debacle.

You would have thought these the two journalists would be well and truly lauded. They are being in many quarters - but there are also those, as AlterNet reports:

"Hiding under the banner of free press advocates, right-wingers are calling for the heads of reporters who publish 'against the president's wishes.'"

Read the full AlterNet article here. It makes for interesting and troubling reading on a number of levels.


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