The Press: Prize Fight

In 30 years of pinning posies on U.S. men of news and men of letters, the Pulitzer Prize Committee has never managed to please everybody. Typical complaints: the committee picks the obvious winners, it plays favorites, it confuses notoriety with merit. Usually the grumbling about the journalistic awards is confined to the city rooms; last week, in the Cowles Brothers' Minneapolis Tribune, it was right out on the editorial page for everybody to see.

Editor Carroll Binder (rhymes with grinder) was no disgruntled aspirant, but one of the Pulitzer Prize's preliminary pickers. He was a member of a nominating jury to weed...

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