Walter Duranty: Professional Liar and Pulitzer Prize Winner
Walter Duranty, Moscow Correspondent of the New York Times during 1932-1933, delibarately sought to obscure the existence of the famine. The memo referred to below exposes him as a paid propagandist for the Soviet Union. The Independent Expert hired by the New York Times to asssess Walter Duranty's journalism, a professor of history at Columbia University Mark Von Hagen, confirmed this view and recommended that the prize be revoked.
The Pulitzer Prize Committteee continues to defend the indefensible and prepares to stand by a cynical liar who advanced his career by becoming an accomplice to genocide. They share in Duranty's shame. At present the campaign to revoke his Pulitzer as subsided following the Pulitzer Prize Committee's arrogant decision not to revoke the award. We urge people reading this site to revive and continue the campaign.
"With the collapse of the Soviet Union, many U.S. documents have been declassified. Linked memo below sent by George A. Gordon, Charge d'Affairs, ad interim in Berlin, Germany to the U.S. Secretary of State in June 1931. The memorandum addresses a conversation a U.S. Embassy employee had with Walter Duranty, the Moscow correspondent of the New York Times. Upon reading the document, one can clearly conclude that Walter Duranty was merely a mouthpiece for the Soviet Regime. This is evident when he states, "in agreement with the New York Times and the Soviet authorities his official dispatches always reflect the official opinion of the Soviet region and not his own." This document not only brings to light Duranty's shortcomings in his coverage of the Soviet Union during the 1930s, but also raises the question as to his journalistic integrity, for which in 1932, he was awarded the prestigious Pulitzer Prize."
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Link with information on the campaign to revoke Duranty's Pulitzer: