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ABC News Asking Center for Public Integrity to Share Pulitzer Prize (TVNewser)
ABC News is calling on the Center for Public Integrity to share its Pulitzer Prize for investigative journalism, awarded to CPI’s Chris Hamby, taking issue with CPI’s Pulitzer submission that depicts ABC News as a minor partner in a year-long coal-mining industry investigation instead of equal partners. HuffPost Network president Ben Sherwood sent a four-page letter to CPI’s executive director Bill Buzenberg affirming that ABC News was CPI’s partner in the investigation. He argued that reporters Brian Ross and Matthew Mosk made “significant contributions” without which CPI would not have won the Pulitzer. He added that while the prizes are only awarded to print organizations, he hoped the Pulitzer committee would recognize Ross and Mosk. Mediaite In the letter, Sherwood said Buzenberg “omitted the names of ABC News reporters and sought to parse and diminish their contributions, even though their bylines appropriately appear on four of the eight articles submitted by the Center to the committee.” Poynter In response, Buzenberg provided a point-by-point rebuttal saying CPI reporter Chris Hamby was the engine behind the story for months before ABC entered the investigation and in long stretches when ABC was working on other things. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media CPI and ABC News have shared recognition for the black lung benefits story in the past. In March, the Harvard Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting was awarded to Chris Hamby, Ronnie Greene, Jim Morris and Chris Zubak-Skees of CPI and Matthew Mosk, Brian Ross and Rhonda Schwartz of ABC News. Next month, the White House Correspondents’ Association will honor “The Center for Public Integrity, in partnership with ABC News.” On Wednesday, they received an award from the Society of Professional Journalists. Television news organizations are excluded from the Pulitzer Prizes, which honor newspaper and digital reporting.

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Sarah Palin Tried to Ban Library Books According to ABC Report

This is a Brian Ross report on Sarah Palin‘s stint as mayor of a small town and harasser of librarians.

We think it’s funny that she wanted to remove Go Ask Alice, a book about an out of control sexually promiscuous teenager…hehe.

Maybe she had to control information because she is so close to Russia…

Did ABC Not Find Sitting, D.C. Madam-Frequenting U.S. Senator Newsworthy?

senatorvitter_071007.jpgABC’s Brian Ross, after viewing the so-called D.C. Madam’s client list, quoted in May:

“[The Palfrey clients'] names won’t mean anything to our audience,” Ross said in an interview. “They just weren’t newsworthy enough.”

Today:

Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) apologized last night after his telephone number appeared in the phone records of the woman dubbed the “D.C. Madam,” making him the first member of Congress to become ensnared in the high-profile case. The statement containing Vitter’s apology said his telephone number was included on phone records of Pamela Martin and Associates dating from before he ran for the Senate in 2004.

A sitting U.S. Senator is not newsworthy enough?

ABC’s response, via spokesman Jeffrey Schneider:

“I think we said at the time, and I can certainly say now that if a member of Congress or a United State Senator had come up on the list, and we were able to confirm that, we would have absolutely reported that. We had access to documents from 2002 to 2006, and we believe that we had access to possibly as much as 80% of those records. As you know, Ms. Palfrey had records going back more than 10 years, and we did not have all of the records, but we did very meticulous reporting on the records we did have. … There are obviously six other years of records that were just released, and the Senator’s number must have been on one of those years we didn’t have.”

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  • Fallout Over ABC News’ Iran Covert Action Report

    iran_next_052307.jpgIt’s not just D.C. Madams slamming ABC News: Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney condemned a lightning rod report by ABC News investigative wunderkind Brian Ross about President Bush’s authorization of covert action against Iran.

    Romney:

    “I was shocked to see the ABC News report regarding covert action in Iran. The reporting has the potential of jeopardizing our national security. To put it quite plainly, it has the potential of affecting human life, we may never know.”

    ABC News’ response:

    “In the six days since we first contacted the CIA and the White House, at no time did they indicate that broadcasting this report would jeopardize lives or operations on the ground. ABC News management gave them the repeated opportunity to make whatever objection they wanted to regarding our report. They chose not to.”

    The story, by the way, has drawn over 1,500 comments.

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