‘47 Percent’ Journo Wins Polk Award

    David Corn, a political journalist and author, Chief of the Washington bureau for Mother Jones, who also appears regularly on a variety of television political talk shows, takes a few photos before the start of US President Barack Obama's  second press conference since coming into office, inside the East Room of the White House March 24, 2009 in Washington.   AFP Photo/Paul J. Richards (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)


    Mitt Romney is probably thanking David Corn in a different way. The Mother Jones Washington bureau chief was awarded Monday the George Polk Award for political reporting for exposing Romney’s infamous remarks at a fundraiser about “47 percent” of Americans who receive entitlements. When the video went public in September, Romney had a difficult time recovering. Other winners of the Polk Awards included foreign-reporting awards for The New York Times’s David Barboza and the staff of Bloomberg News for stories on China; McClatchy Newspapers was honored for its coverage of the Syrian conflict; and John Hechinger and Janet Lorin of Bloomberg News won the national-reporting award.

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