Jonah Goldberg of the National Review seems to be trying to match Bill O’Reilly in the fake self-aggrandizement department. He’s now been caught — for the second time — claiming to be a nominee for a Pulitzer Prize on the jacket of his new book. MSNBC reports:
On the dust jacket of his new book, “The Tyranny of Clichés: How Liberals Cheat in the War of Ideas,” best-selling conservative author and commentator Jonah Goldberg is described as having “twice been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.”
In fact, as Goldberg acknowledged on Tuesday, he has never been a Pulitzer nominee, but is merely one of thousands of entrants.
When this bit of résumé inflation was pointed out by a reporter for msnbc.com, Goldberg said he hadn’t meant to mislead anyone and removed the Pulitzer claim from his bio at National Review Online…And he added, “I never put it in the bio in the first place.”
His publisher, Penguin Group (USA), said the error was unintentional and it would remove the Pulitzer word from his book jacket when it’s time for the first reprint, “just like any other innocent mistake brought to our attention.”
Which would be a lot easier to believe if he hadn’t been caught doing the same thing on an earlier book:
When Goldberg’s “Liberal Fascism” came out in January 2008, his employer National Review Online announced that Tribune Media Services, which carries Goldberg’s opinion columns, had “nominated” Goldberg for a Pulitzer in commentary.
The liberal blog Daily Kos then pointed out that the Tribune doesn’t choose Pulitzer nominees, writing about “Goldberg’s faux Pulitzer.”
Anyone can be “nominated” for a Pulitzer in this way; all it takes is $50 and an application. This is also why I wish the Military Religious Freedom Foundation would stop saying that they’ve been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize; it takes virtually nothing to be nominated. Thousands of people are nominated every year, and virtually any prominent person can suggest a name.