PBS Producer Who Toppled Eric Holder’s Criminal Chief Gets an Award

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Source: Wall Street on Parade, by Pam Martens and Russ Martens

Martin Smith, producer extraordinaire of some of the most riveting documentaries for the PBS program, Frontline, has received the 2014 John Chancellor Award for Excellence in Journalism, presented by the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Typically, our reaction to journalism awards is akin to that of the late Alex Cockburn, author, columnist and long-time co-editor of the sassy CounterPunch.com web site, who had this to say on the subject in 2009:

“…as a rule CounterPunch disapproves of the endless prizes the journalism industry awards itself. Many years ago, the great editor of Le Monde, Hubert Beuve-Mery, let it be known that anyone at his newspaper accepting an award would be fired. These farcical rituals peak in the annual absurdities of the Pulitzers…

“Now I see that another CounterPuncher has been given a major journalism prize. His newspaper reports…

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