There's been a lot of back-and-forth today on our Pulitzer win, and whether or not our entry gave fair credit to our "Breathless and Burdened" partners, ABC News. (If you care to get caught up, see this entry from Poynter Online: http://bit.ly/1pas3M6
, and this item from Politico: http://politi.co/1qK7J1H
While the word "integrity" in our name perhaps lends itself to joking and word play, we take accusations of hypocrisy very seriously. We fully stand behind our Pulitzer entry that states Chris Hamby covered new ground during every step of reporting for "Breathless and Burdened."
At the end of the day (or week, who knows), when all of this dies down, "Breathless and Burdened" has already received journalism's highest honor: real-world impact. Because of our reporting, sick coal miners who got black disease as a result of their job now have a better shot at receiving compensation from their employer. And as Poynter's Al Tompkins put it, "You can’t put that reward on a shelf."