So says The Washington City Paper’s Erik Wemple:
This afternoon, Washington Post commentator Ruth Marcus discovers whether she’s won a Pulitzer Prize for the commentary she wrote last year. Marcus, in Pulitzerese, is a “nominated finalist” for the award. Whichever way it goes, Marcus will be thanking her friends and colleagues at the Post. For real.
That’s because Marcus wouldn’t be enjoying this distinction without her friends and colleagues. Her nominating package comes courtesy of an extracurricular effort manned by Posties Susan Schmidt, Sari Horwitz, and Dana Priest. The trio teamed up on Marcus’s behalf when it became clear that the Post’s own Pulitzer submissions wouldn’t feature a packet for Marcus, who focuses on national politics and social policy issues in her Op-Ed pieces.
“It was just an idea that was presented to me by my colleague Susan Schmidt, and I thought it was a great idea. I had no second thoughts,” says Priest.
Read the rest here.
(Earlier: “Marcus v. Robinson“)