Mr. Sig Gissler
The Pulitzer Prizes
709 Journalism Building
2950 Broadway
New York, NY 10027

Dear Mr. Gissler:

The Pulitzer Board's decision not to revoke the prize given to Walter Duranty of the New York Times will only generate more bad publicity over this scandalous chapter in journalism. Duranty's lies about Stalin's genocide against the Ukraine make the Jayson Blair scandal seem minor by comparison. Nobody with a conscience defends his coverage of the Soviet Union, but your board decided on narrow grounds not to rescind the prize because you could not prove the Duranty stories were deliberate lies when they were submitted. What would you say to those who contend that your rationalization for the award excuses the actions of those reporters who ignore truth in order to curry favor with dictators and tyrants?