Goldberg Caught Inflating Resume — Again.

Jonah Goldberg of the National Review seems to be trying to match Bill O’Reilly in the fake self-aggrandizement department. He’s now been caught — for the second time — claiming to be a nominee for a Pulitzer Prize on the jacket of his new book. MSNBC reports:

On the dust jacket of his new book, “The Tyranny of Clichés: How Liberals Cheat in the War of Ideas,” best-selling conservative author and commentator Jonah Goldberg is described as having “twice been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.”

In fact, as Goldberg acknowledged on Tuesday, he has never been a Pulitzer nominee, but is merely one of thousands of entrants.

When this bit of résumé inflation was pointed out by a reporter for, Goldberg said he hadn’t meant to mislead anyone and removed the Pulitzer claim from his bio at National Review Online…And he added, “I never put it in the bio in the first place.”

His publisher, Penguin Group (USA), said the error was unintentional and it would remove the Pulitzer word from his book jacket when it’s time for the first reprint, “just like any other innocent mistake brought to our attention.”

Which would be a lot easier to believe if he hadn’t been caught doing the same thing on an earlier book:

When Goldberg’s “Liberal Fascism” came out in January 2008, his employer National Review Online announced that Tribune Media Services, which carries Goldberg’s opinion columns, had “nominated” Goldberg for a Pulitzer in commentary.

The liberal blog Daily Kos then pointed out that the Tribune doesn’t choose Pulitzer nominees, writing about “Goldberg’s faux Pulitzer.”

Anyone can be “nominated” for a Pulitzer in this way; all it takes is $50 and an application. This is also why I wish the Military Religious Freedom Foundation would stop saying that they’ve been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize; it takes virtually nothing to be nominated. Thousands of people are nominated every year, and virtually any prominent person can suggest a name.

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  • He left out the phrase, “and the Pulitzer committee ignored the nomination.”

  • jamessweet

    He could have just put “Voted Best” on the cover in quotation marks, like all the local pizza places around here do.

  • d cwilson

    Sounds like his bio is about as factually accurately as the rest of his book.

  • Who Knows?

    I cannot understand how anyone with titles like, “The Tyranny of Clichés: How Liberals Cheat in the War of Ideas” and “Liberal Fascism” hasn’t already won a Pulitzer.

  • Goldberg? Telling Lies?


    I am shocked, sir. Shocked, I say. And I seem to need a new monocle.

  • Damn. I’ve got to get myself nominated for the Pulitzer for my first novel. Hmm. Should I try for the Nobel Peace Prize, too? Could be a good move!

  • Reginald Selkirk

    I hear that Nobel nominations are kept confidential for 50 years, so you should be in the clear; no one will be able to refute your claim.

  • So the guy wrote a book accusing liberals of overusing cliches when the book title itself is derived from a cliche. Unless Goldberg points out his deliberate use of irony and has a convincing explanation for why he thought it was clever, I’m going to guess that his arguments are seriously lacking in the self-awareness department.

  • slc1

    Gee, Goldberg is a liar. Just a chip of the old block; his mother claimed to have had a tryst with Harry Truman, about as likely as Goldberg ever winning a Pulitzer Prize.

  • Doug Little

    Sounds like they need to put a sticker on the dust jacket that corrects the mistake. I’m sure they would be all for that given their track record on applying disclaimers to biology textbooks.