The Moody College of Communications at the University of Texas (Austin) has just announced the Dan Rather Medals for News and Guts. The medals are to “be awarded to professional and collegiate journalists who go the extra yard — overcoming obstacles like stonewalling and harassment — to get the story that tells truth to power.” You obviously get no credit for avoiding clichés.
Unlike the Walter Duranty Prize for Journalistic Mendacity formerly conferred by the New Criterion and PJ Media, the Moody College of Communications intends no irony or humor with the Dan Rather Medals. In 2014, however, the Duranty Prize team also awarded the Rather, “a new award for lifetime achievement in mendacious journalism.” Suffice it to say that this is not the spirit of the Dan Rather Medals.
I wish we could be considered for one of the medals in light of our contribution to Rather’s early retirement from CBS News and our subsequent exposure of Truth — the 2015 film that turned the authors of Rathergate into heroes fit for a medal — as a fount of lies, but the first awards cover work published in 2020.
The left simply does not give up in its efforts to rewrite history. The efforts are are unrelenting. Memories are short. And the left has highly effective tools of persuasion at its disposal, such as naming an award in honor of one of its disgraced votaries or conferring such honors on leftist fraudsters, as has become something of a tradition with the Pulitzer Prizes.
We are introducing the @DanRather Medals for News and Guts to recognize collegiate and professional journalists who overcome obstacles like stonewalling and harassment to speak truth to power.
— TEXAS Moody (@UTexasMoody) December 16, 2020