NEW YORK — If you're keeping a list of journalists who have claimed for years to be Pulitzer Prize nominees without the inconvenience of actually being nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, add one more name: Charles Gasparino, the pugnacious senior Wall Street correspondent for Fox Business Network.
After the outing in this space of non-nominees Jonah Goldberg (conservative columnist, Pulitzer nomination claimed on the book jacket) and Betty Liu (Bloomberg Television morning anchor, Pulitzer nomination claimed in ads on commuter trains), a reader wrote to ask, when exactly was Charlie Gasparino a Pulitzer nominee?
It's not uncommon for Pulitzer entrants to make false claims to be nominees. If all Pulitzer entrants could be called nominees, any publisher could give all its authors and journalists that honorific by submitting an entry form and a check for $50. (And some publishers do seem to play that game.)
As the Pulitzer board's online list of frequently asked questions explains politely, the finalists and the nominees are the same three people in each category: "Work that has been submitted for Prize consideration but not chosen as either a nominated finalist or a winner is termed an entry or submission. ... We discourage someone saying he or she was 'nominated' for a Pulitzer simply because an entry was sent to us."