The Press: The Pulitzer Flap

A Pulitzer Prize is U.S. journalism's most coveted honor, and the trustees of Columbia University are ever conscious of the prestige they are awarding along with the prizes. Lately they have shown some skittishness about lauding reportorial feats that depended heavily on illegal disclosure. Two years ago, they chided the 14-man Pulitzer advisory board, which forwards final selections for trustee approval: "Had the selections been those of the trustees alone, certain of the recipients would not have been chosen." Among the winners that year: the New York Times for publication of the Pentagon...