National Review Columnist Catching Flak Over Dust Jacket Flap
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National Review columnist Jonah Goldberg is in a bit of trouble, after claiming to be a Pulitzer Prize nominee on the dust jacket of his latest book, The Tyranny of Clichés: How Liberals Cheat in the War of Ideas.
The thing is, his work has been submitted for consideration for a Pulitzer. All that takes is $50 and a dream--doesn't really make him a nominee. I could print this blog post out and submit it for consideration. I'm sure the Pulitzer committee will see it, have a good laugh, and carry on.
The funny thing is, the committee does name nominees, from which a winner is picked. It's not like no one knew who the nominees were, which would have made it easier for Goldberg to get away with this. Goldberg and his publisher, Sentinel, have claimed it was a mistake. Though, one that was repeated in his online bio, as well as in the press materials for Liberal Fascism, a book he published in 2008.
What's really funny about this whole thing is that Goldberg is the guy who once called Al Gore a "serial exaggerator."
At the same time, I doubt Goldberg is the first person to ever pad his writing resume.
Have you ever been tempted to fib about your background? There does seem to be a lot of pressure for writers to have diverse, accolade-filled resumes these days...
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