"Pulitzer Prize-Nominated" reads the ads promoting Bloomberg Television morning anchor Betty Liu, as does the anchor's own book jacket and a Bloomberg bio, which is really too bad since that the title means nothing and as Jonah Goldberg can tell you, trumpeting it might be actually do more harm than good. It must be tempting to have your name so close to the word "Pulitzer," but most journalists know that all it takes to be "nominated" for a Pulitzer is a $50 and an entry form.
"When Liu was a reporter for The Financial Times in Atlanta in 2000, Bloomberg said, the newspaper submitted her work to the Pulitzer committee," explains MSNBC.com's Bill Dedman, who has been on a fake Putlizer beat of late, having busted Jonah Goldberg last month for touting his "Pulitzer nomination." (Goldberg has since had a hard time scrubbing his many bios and his name of that pesky fib.) As Dedman writes: "To call that submission a Pulitzer 'nomination' is like saying that Adam Sandler is an Oscar nominee if Columbia Pictures enters That's My Boy in the Academy Awards. Many readers would realize that the Oscars don't work that way — the studios don't pick the nominees. It's just a way of slipping 'Academy Awards' into a bio. The Pulitzers also don't work that way, but fewer people know that."