Pulitzer Prize Winning—A Job Americans Will Do
April 11, 2008, 04:35 PM
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Hugh Hewitt is a big Mark Steyn fan, and demonstrates it in this clip here, where Hewitt wants to give Steyn a Pulitzer, and Steyn has to remind Hewitt that he`s a Canadian:
HH: The Pulitzers came out this week, and they made a grievous error. They did not nominate Mark Steyn’s America Alone. I cannot believe it, but now Steyn’s America Alone is out in paperback. It is at number five on the Amazon.com list as we speak. We’re going to keep it into the top ten this hour, next, and in the third. Joining me from Washington, D.C. tonight, the author of said America Alone, Mark Steyn, Columnist to the World. Hello, Mark, how are you?

MS: Hey, good to be with you, Hugh. I’m not actually sure I’m technically eligible for the Pulitzers. I think it’s one of these, it’s more restricted than the U.S. presidency. I think you’ve got to be born in the United States, or whatever it says.

HH: Even if your book is published in the U.S? That’s too bad.

MS: Yeah, it’s very restrictive. I know, occasionally, people have talked about putting me in for a Pulitzer for this, that and the other, and it turns out an undocumented American can do almost anything in this country. He can get a fake driver’s license and all the rest of it. But apparently, the Pulitzers still maintain, it’s like an old-time country club. It’s very hard to get into.

HH: Well, that’s work that Americans will do, so they’re very pleased to get the Pulitzers.[Hugh Hewitt Show,April 10, 2008 Transcript | MP3 ]

I looked it up, and it turns out that the Pulitzers for books are very restricted:
  • For distinguished fiction by an American author, preferably dealing with American life.
  • For a distinguished book upon the history of the United States.
  • For a distinguished biography or autobiography by an American author.
  • For a distinguished volume of original verse by an American author.
  • For a distinguished book of non-fiction by an American author that is not eligible for consideration in any other category.
Joseph Pulitzer set it up that, in spite of the fact that he was, like Peter Brimelow, an "immigrant himself."

Just a reminder—what Mark Steyn said about demographics in America Alone, and elsewhere is roughly the same thing Dr. John Tanton said years ago, that Linda Chavez reacted hysterically to—that people who have more children will eventually outnumber those who have fewer, and it`s mistake to allow them to move in with you.