Politics

Pulitzer Given To Journalist Who Exposed Trump In 2016

| by Denise Recalde

Washington Post reporter David Fahrenthold, called a "nasty guy" by President Donald Trump last year for his investigation into the real estate mogul's charity foundation claims, won the Pulitzer Prize on April 10 for his reporting. 

According to The Huffington Post, Fahrenthold conducted traditional journalism by contacting hundreds of organizations and scrutinizing documents while investigating the president's charitable organization during the 2016 campaign, but also turned to social media users for additional tips. 

In October 2016, Fahrenthold was the journalist who broke the news about the previously unaired "Access Hollywood" recording of Trump confessing to grabbing women "by the p***y" to a confidante in 2005. 

The journalist was a major thorn in Trump's side during the 2016 U.S. election campaign by revealing that the New York businessman had made the work of his charitable foundation seem more impressive than it was, The Independent reports. 

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Fahrenthold's work led to the New York Attorney General launching an inquiry into the fundraising practices of the Trump Foundation, which resulted in a "notice of violation" being filed to stop the foundation from raising money in New York. 

The "Access Hollywood" tape, in turn, triggered a major scandal that led many, including establishment Republicans, to charge Trump as a sexist -- a quality unbefitting a president. 

The scandal was not enough to tip the election in favor of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, however. 

Fahrenthold used Twitter to periodically post updates of the responses by recipient charities of Trump's money, as claimed by the Republican candidate at the time. Of these, only one charity out of 400 confirmed to having been gifted money by the real estate tycoon. 

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Fahrenthold's national reporting award makes it the third straight year in a row that The Washington Post has picked up the prize in the category, following awards for investigations into Secret Service security lapses and police shootings. 

The New York Times won the most awards in the international category for its reporting on Russian President Vladimir Putin's international policies to expand his country's reach and influence. Also recognized, in the feature writing category, was journalist C. J. Chivers' profile of a Marine veteran suffering from PTSD. 

At the awards ceremony hosted by Columbia University, Fahrenthold thanked both his readers and Twitter followers who "helped him along the way." 

His paper's editor, Martin Baron, joked: "Dave also won by the popular vote," in reference to Trump's unpopularity.

Sources: The Independent, The Huffington Post / Photo credit: Michael Vadon/Wikimedia Commons

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