2020 Oct 9, 5:50pm
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An impressive array of academics associated with the National Association of Scholars signed a letter to the Pulitzer Prize Board calling for it to revoke the prize it ceremoniously awarded to Nikole Hannah-Jones this year for her lead essay in The New York Times’ deeply troubled and historically challenged 1619 Project.These scholars called for the board to rescind the prize not merely for the many well-documented, fundamental historical inaccuracies of the project’s central thesis and supporting argumentation, but also for Hannah-Jones and the Times’ resultant academic and journalistic malfeasance in the face of this substantial criticism. As The Federalist documented in late September, Hannah-Jones and the Times secretly deleted the most fundamental claim of her lead essay for the project: that slavery was the central reason for our nation’s founding. ...The National Association of Scholars charged, “The duplicity of attempting to alter the historical record in a manner intended to deceive the public is as serious an infraction against professional ethics as a journalist can commit.” These scholars added, “Hannah-Jones has falsely put forward claims that she never said or wrote what she plainly did, the offense is far more serious.” The scholars have a point. This is not award-winning behavior. ...Even the World Socialist Web Site denounced the 1619 Project early on as a “racialist falsification of American and world history.”William B. Allen, Professor of Political Philosophy, James Madison College, Michigan State University.Larry P. Arnn, President, Hillsdale College.James Ceaser, Professor of Politics, The University of Virginia.John Ellis, Professor emeritus of German literature at the University of California, Santa Cruz.Burton Folsom, Distinguished Fellow, Hillsdale College.Mark David Hall, The Herbert Hoover Distinguished Professor of Politics, George Fox University.Victor Davis Hanson, The Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution.Charles Kesler, Professor of Government at Claremont McKenna College and Claremont Graduate University.Roger Kimball, Editor and Publisher, The New Criterion; Publisher, Encounter Books.Stanley Kurtz, Senior Fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Center.Glenn Loury, The Merton P. Stoltz Professor of the Social Sciences, Department of Economics, Brown University.Phillip W. Magness, Senior Research Fellow, American Institute for Economic Research.Myron Magnet, Editor-at-Large, City Journal, The Manhattan Institute.Wilfred M. McClay, The G.T. and Libby Blankenship Chair in the History of Liberty, University of Oklahoma.Lucas Morel, The John K. Boardman, Jr. Professor of Politics, Washington and Lee University.Paul Moreno, The William and Berniece Grewcock Chair in Constitutional History, Hillsdale College.Robert Paquette, Founder, Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization.Paul Rahe, Professor of History, and Charles O. Lee and Louise K. Lee Chair in the Western Heritage, Hillsdale College.Colleen Sheehan, Professor of Political Science, Villanova University.Peter Wood, President, National Association of Scholars.Jean Yarbrough, Professor of Government and Gary M. Pendy, Sr. Professor of Social Sciences, Bowdoin College.Additional SignatoriesJonathan J. Bean, Professor of History, Southern Illinois University; Research Fellow, Independent Institute.Angelo M. Codevilla, Emeritus Professor of International Relations, Boston University; Senior Fellow, Independent Institute.Williamson M. Evers, Senior Fellow and Director, Center on Educational Excellence, Independent Institute.William F. Shughart II, J. Fish Smith Professor in Public Choice, Utah State University; Research Director, Independent Institute.David Theroux, Founder and President, Independent Institute.Richard K. Vedder, Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Economics, Ohio University; Senior Fellow, Independent Institute; Member, Board of Directors, National Assocation of Scholars.Graham H. Walker, Executive Director, Independent Institute.
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