The dust jacket of “The Tyranny of Clichés: How Liberals Cheat in the War of Ideas” says conservative author Jonah Goldberg has “twice been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize,” but Bill Dedman points out that Goldberg simply entered his work and was never “nominated.”
Goldberg tells Dedman he didn’t mean to mislead anyone and would remove the Pulitzer nominations claim from his National Review Online bio. Dedman writes:
What’s surprising in Goldberg’s case is that he has been called out for the same resume padding before, when his previous book was published.
I asked Dedman about his catch. He writes: “I was looking at the top 100 books on Amazon, saw his book, wasn’t sure if I recognized his name, so I clicked through. As soon as I saw in the bio that he was a two-time Pulitzer nominee, I doubted it. …You can see the padding now still on his Amazon page for the book, and as of this moment still on the Penguin USA website.
* Author Jonah Goldberg drops claim of two Pulitzer nominations (msnbc.com)
* NPR – using publisher’s info – calls Goldberg a “Pulitzer Prize-nominated author” (NPR Books)
* From 2008: Jonah Goldberg’s faux Pulitzer “nomination” (Daily Kos)
AOL’s first-quarter revenue fell 4% to $529.4 million, beating analysts’ average forecast of $526.5 million. Total ad revenue was up 5% on growth in third-party network ads and international growth, reports Jennifer Saba, but display advertising fell 1%.
Peter Kafka notes:
AOL’s dialup unit, which still powers the whole operation, continues to shrink … that archaic business lost 14% of its subscribers in the last year.
As for Patch, the hyperlocal sites “grew traffic and advertisers over 40% year-over-year and revenue over 100% year-over-year,” says AOL’s press release. Of course, it’s not hard to achieve those percentage growths when the numbers are low.
Meanwhile, Pando Daily reports AOL is seeking buyers for TechCrunch and Engadget — it would be a package deal — and is asking $70 million to $100 million for the sites. “Our sources are unaware of any serious bidders right now, but there’s been plenty of flirting with the idea,” reports Pando. (UPDATE: That’s “100 percent untrue,” says AOL CEO Tim Armstrong.)
* AOL quarterly profit beats expectations, display ads dip (Reuters)
* A disappointing ad number for AOL (All Things D) || AOL press release
* AOL seeking buyers for Engadget and TechCrunch, Arrington isn’t interested (Pando Daily)