Earlier this week, Columbia University awarded a handful of writers and artists one of the highest honors in their respective fields: the Pulitzer Prize. Today weâ€™d also like to make special mention of a few journalists who are peppering their coverage of Donald Trumpâ€™s misbegotten presidential ambitions with highly entertaining, creative, and florid epithets. Not since Spy magazineâ€™s creation of â€œshort-fingered vulgarian,â€ the ur Trump-descriptor, have we seen such a renaissance of mockery.
Thank you, finalists, for making wall-to-wall Trump coverage not only bearable but enjoyable.
This yearâ€™s honorees:
â€œgelatinous cartoon slumlordâ€
Jim Newell, Gawker
â€œfinancially embattled thousandaireâ€
Gail Collins, The New York Times
Max Read, Gawker
â€œa television star famous for his â€˜billionaireâ€™ character who makes a good living licensing his name after failing in the casino businessâ€
Alex Pareene, Salon
John Cook, Gawker
Paul Waldman, The American Prospect
â€œa junk-bond gnome so gauche that he makes the cast of Jersey Shore seem genteelâ€
Ken Layne, Wonkette