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April 15, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Following the decision by the Pulitzer committee to award its highest prize to Britain’s Guardian and the Washington Post for their reports about the massive NSA surveillance revealed in the papers snatched by Edward Snowden, conservative commentators, who had initially denounced the newspapers were oddly subdued or even silent. In the U.K., several conservative newspapers that had been critical of the Snowden leaks buried the Pulitzer story or failed to mention it at all. Fox News gave its media critic — not Bill O’Reilly or Sean Hannity — the final word on the award Monday. “If the Pulitzer standard is breaking the most important and newsworthy stories of 2013,” Kurtz wrote on the Fox News website, “there is little question that those leaks utterly transformed the global debate over surveillance, and prompted President Obama to propose new restrictions on the way the NSA operates in pursuit of terrorists.”