The L.A. Times Won A Pulitzer For Coverage Of 2015 San Bernardino Attack, Which White House Says Was Underreported
In April 2016, the L.A. Times was awarded a Pulitzer Prize (journalism's highest honor!) for their coverage of the December 2015 attack in San Bernardino. On Monday, the White House issued a list of 78 terror attacks that they felt "did not receive adequate attention." The San Bernardino mass shooting was included on that list, although the White House was unfortunately not able to spell the city's name correctly—it's San Bernardino, not "Bernadino."
Here's the list the White House sent of attacks they feel "did not receive adequate attention from Western media sources." pic.twitter.com/lj8eOZQfnY— Kevin Liptak (@Kevinliptakcnn) February 7, 2017
Fourteen people were killed and 24 were injured in the attack at San Bernardino's Inland Regional Center—the deadliest on American soil since September 11. Anyone who lives in Los Angeles (or subscribes/reads the L.A. Times from afar) will remember the amount of time and resources the paper devoted to covering not just the initial events of the attack, but also its aftermath. Here's a link to their full coverage, which spans into 2017.
Within minutes of the news breaking, the Times had posted their first story of the massacre online, and more than a dozen photographers and writers immediately hurried to the scene, according to a post from Times staffer Christopher Goffard. The Times was awarded the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in the breaking news category “for exceptional reporting, including both local and global perspectives, on the shooting in San Bernardino and the terror investigation that followed," as cited by the Pulitzer board.
The attack, as Goffard notes, occurred "just weeks after The Times had lost several dozen staff members—including veteran reporters and editors—to voluntary buyouts," making the depth and breadth of the newspaper's coverage all the more impressive. “Many people spent weekend after weekend without a break, knocking on doors," L.A. Times California editor Shelby Grad told Goffard. According to ProPublica reporter Robert Faturechi, the Times also donated their prize money to the San Bernardino community:
The LA Times won a Pulitzer for its coverage of the San Bernardino attack. Then donated the prize money to the community there. https://t.co/rpz6utQOj7— Robert Faturechi (@RobertFaturechi) February 7, 2017
Here's how some Times staffers have responded to the White House's criticism:
we literally won a Pulitzer for covering one of the things on this list https://t.co/JCLcqq3ZlL— Matt Pearce (@mattdpearce) February 7, 2017
here are four stories that the White House says "did not receive adequate attention from Western media sources" pic.twitter.com/8EFSDcCIme— Matt Pearce (@mattdpearce) February 7, 2017
Representative Pete Aguilar, who represents San Bernardino in Congress, also shot back via Twitter: