NEW YORK – The American satirical news website with a focus on the bucolic state of Vermont, The Winooski, has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for Fake News. As the Pulitzer Prize nominating committee did not issue a formal announcement, the first newsflash was initially dismissed by the mainstream media as being “completely bogus.”
The Winooski’s Pulitzer nomination was accidently leaked to the media today via the Twitter account of Reginald Waldridge, who is a committee member-at-large. He believed that he was only sending the submission to the other committee members, however he had mixed up his account settings and the tweet was inadvertently broadcast to the entire Twittersphere.
After the initial shock wore off, the chair of the committee was quick to give The Winooski nomination “two thumbs up.” He spoke on the record, but asked that his name not be used because he didn’t want to have to change his telephone number.
“Well, why not The Winooski?”, he asked, and then noted that the question was rhetorical. “Certainly there are other excellent fake news sites out there, but The Winooski is one of the very few, perhaps the only one, that consistently sticks to its knitting. It bills itself as Vermont-centric; its slogan is Locally Sourced Organic Vermont Satire, and it delivers, big time.”
Reginald Waldridge, who did have to change his telephone to an unlisted number, agreed with the chair.
“If you want to read all about bears and cows and leaves and maple syrup, The Winooski is your go-to place,” he said. “Its coverage of Vermont flora and fauna has been nothing short of spectacular. It also spoofs hard-hitting issues. Not always comfortable to read, but it gets people thinking. ”
Not everyone agreed with the nominating committee’s choice. The President of the United States was rumoured to be miffed about two recent Winooski articles that mentioned his name; Donald Trump Disbands Vermont After Remarks from Gov. Scott and Trump Pardons All Those Who Voted For Him.
The committee chair said of the POTUS’ concerns: “I expect to get a furious tweet about it, before I have my morning coffee.”
When contacted for a comment on the highly controversial nomination, a spokesperson for The Winooski said: “A Pulitzer Prize, you say? Well, it’s about time!”