Philly editor thought Onion’s 9/11 issue was Pulitzer-worthy

March 22, 2004
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The Pulitzer judges “were blown away” by The Onion‘s first issue after the 9/11 attacks, “but it was a little too different, a little too risky,” says Philadelphia Daily News editor Zach Stalberg. ‘I voted to make it a finalist, but nobody else did.” The rejection highlights what some feel is the reverence — some might say restrictions — under which the Pulitzer judging operates, says Joe Strupp.