Earlier this week MSNBC.com’s Bill Dedman took aim at the claim that Bloomberg TV’s Betty Liu had a Pulitzer nomination. Now he’s targeting FBN’s Charlie Gasparino…
When asked on Tuesday in which year he was nominated, former boxer Gasparino jabbed back in a one-line email: “I was nominated by the wsj sir.”
But the news organizations don’t choose the Pulitzer nominees, any more than the record studios choose Grammy nominees. By Gasparino’s reckoning, thousands of journalists each year could sell books and earn speaking fees by calling themselves “Pulitzer nominees.”
Later Tuesday, Fox changed its online bio of Gasparino, keeping the P word but dropping any claim to a nomination, saying instead that his work “was submitted for the Pulitzer.”
A Fox spokeswoman also sent over a statement:
“The Wall Street Journal submitted Charlie Gasparino’s reporting of Wall Street research scandals to the Pulitzer Board in 2002,” said the statement from Kevin Magee, executive vice president of Fox Business Network. “While Fox Business never claimed he was a finalist for the award, we’ve clarified his bio to reflect the submission as opposed to a nomination.”
Neither Fox nor Gasparino would answer the question: Why include a “submission” in a bio at all if it didn’t make the finals?