The big news of the Pulitzers was the citation to the Washington Post and the Guardian USA website for breaking the N.S.A. story.
A lot of people on both sides of the story were concentrating on the players: Edward Snowden and the reporters who broke the story. But it did reveal something a lot of people subconsciously took for granted: that there’s a lot of things that our government does that we don’t know — or don’t want to know about. Seeing them in print made a lot of people, including members of the Obama administration, rather uncomfortable. That’s what journalism is supposed to do.
So it’s a tad ironic to hear Sharyl Attkisson, a former correspondent for CBS News, complain about the press for being “very shy” about challenging the Obama administration. I think the Pulitzer committee would beg to disagree.