Polishing the Onion
It was brilliant, and put to bed the absurd notion (first uttered by CNN's Jeff Greenfield, I believe) that with the 3,000+ souls it took that day, al-Qaeda also killed irony, and that it simply wasn't permissible to laugh anymore.
The Pulitzer folks missed an opportunity.
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Jonathan Dresner - 3/24/2004
I never read the whole issue: "God's Press Conference" made the internet rounds, and should have been worth a Pulitzer pretty much on its own. But you're right. The whole issue is indeed journalism of the highest quality: incisively true, well-written, revealing and enlightening. I particularly enjoyed the Cedar Rapids Public Library Security story, as I was living in CR at the time and had some remarkably serious discussions with my students and colleagues about the relative implausibility of our town being a target anytime in the forseeable future.
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