In a characteristic gesture of self-congratulation, Sunday’s New York Times ran a full-page ad saluting its 108 Pulitzer Prizes, including this year’s duo of Jeffrey Gettleman (International Reporting) and David Kocieniewski (Explanatory Reporting).
Ensconsed in the 2009 slot is David Barstow for “uncovering how the Pentagon used retired military officers, serving as analysts for television and radio programs, to promote the Bush administration’s war policies.”
Barstow is back with a new investigation, this time into “how Wal-Mart de Mexico had orchestrated a campaign of bribery to win market domination.”
The Sunday Times devoted three full pages to this story, which is the equivalent of Alaska in newspaper real estate terms.
And it’s a corker.
(For more evidence of the Times’ preeminence, see Alan Feuer’s piece on his doppleganger.)