NYT, New Yorker win Pulitzer

We­in­stein re­portage spawned wa­ter­shed, #MeToo

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The New York Times and The New Yorker won the Pulitzer Prize for pub­lic ser­vice on Mon­day for ex­plo­sive re­port­ing that brought down Har­vey We­in­stein and spawned a cul­tural wa­ter­shed on the is­sue of sex­ual ha­rass­ment.

The pres­ti­gious prize was awarded to the Times team led by Jodi Kan­tor and Me­gan Twohey and New Yorker con­trib­u­tor Ro­nan Far­row, for re­ports that dis­graced the Hol­ly­wood mogul and sparked an avalanche of ac­cu­sa­tions against other pow­er­ful men.

Since the Times and New Yorker ar­ti­cles last Oc­to­ber, more than 100 women have pub­licly ac­cused the pro­ducer of mis­con­duct rang­ing from sex­ual ha­rass­ment to rape, spark­ing the #MeToo move­ment that has seen a string of in­flu­en­tial men lose their jobs and rep­u­ta­tion.

We­in­stein’s mar­riage has ended, he has been un­der po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion in Lon­don, Los An­ge­les and New York, hit by a litany of civil law­suits and his for­mer pro­duc­tion com­pany has been forced to file for bankruptcy.

Far­row, 30, is the son of ac­tress Mia Far­row and film di­rec­tor Woody Allen, and some­thing of a prodigy who has pre­vi­ously fronted his own tele­vi­sion show, worked in Afghanistan and Pak­istan for late US diplo­mat Richard Hol­brooke, and for­merly ad­vised then Hil­lary Clinton on global youth is­sues when she was sec­re­tary of state.

The for­mer Rhodes scholar, who grad­u­ated from Yale Law School at just 21, has sided with his sis­ter Dy­lan’s claims that Allen mo­lested her when she was seven. Allen has re­peat­edly de­nied the al­le­ga­tions.

“So so so proud,” tweeted Mia Far­row min­utes af­ter her son’s award was an­nounced. Ro­nan Far­row paid trib­ute to his co-win­ners and The New Yorker.

“This mo­ment gets called a reck­on­ing, but we just started telling the truth about old abuses of power. Thanks to all who keep do­ing so,” he wrote on Twit­ter.

The 102th edi­tion of the Pulitzer Prizes was an­nounced at Columbia Uni­ver­sity in New York by ad­min­is­tra­tor Dana Canedy at a time when the US news me­dia was still un­der as­sault from the White House for ped­dling “fake news.”

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