I'm sure readers remember the disgust that erupted in all right-thinking circles when President Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009. It had most emphatically not been justified by his life or conduct to date. As former winner Lech Walesa said at the time, "So soon? Too early. He has no contribution so far. He is only beginning to act." The Von Mises Institute was even more scathing.
The awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to President Obama is further confirmation ... that the prize has degenerated into politically motivated rubbish.
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The awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to Obama ... should disgust any true supporter of peace, and cause any principled individual to seriously question the integrity of the prize and those who award it.
Now, in similar vein, comes the news that three days after commencing his new show on MSNBC, 26-year-old journalist and political activist Ronan Farrow has been awarded the annual Cronkite Award for Excellence in Exploration and Journalism by Reach The World. The organization states that the award recognizes Mr. Farrow's "transformational work in global humanitarian issues and his founding and direction of the State Department's Office of Global Youth Issues in addition to his extensive work as a print journalist".
Wikipedia notes that Mr. Farrow has been the recipient of numerous other awards during his brief career.
He has been named New York magazine’s "New Activist" of the year and included on its list of individuals "on the verge of changing their worlds” for 2009; listed as Harper’s Bazaar’s "up-and-coming politician" of 2011; and ranked number one in Law and Policy on Forbes Magazine’s "30 Under 30" Most Influential People list for 2012. In its 2013 retrospective of men born in its 80 years of publication, Esquire magazine named him the man of the year of his birth.
Farrow was awarded Refugees International's McCall-Pierpaoli Humanitarian Award in 2008, for "extraordinary service to refugees and displaced people."
He was awarded an honorary Doctorate by Dominican University of California in 2012.
There's more at the link.
A couple of points come to mind when looking at this roll-call of honors.
- To be awarded an honorary doctorate at the age of 24 is frankly ridiculous. Nobody, but nobody has achieved enough by that age, by the normal standards for such awards, to qualify for an honorary doctorate. They're usually granted to recognize decades of achievement, if not a lifetime's work - so why was one conferred on Mr. Farrow?
- Mr. Farrow appears to be riding on the Obama administration's and Clinton family's coattails in his work to date in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and subsequently for the State Department. His activities in those posts coincided with the list of awards mentioned above. He's just taken up his new position at MSNBC in time to receive Reach The World's award (although it was said to be for his earlier work). I'd love to know how many 'hints' came from the Obama administration and/or the Clinton election campaign to those who conferred this and his other awards. He's also a Rhodes Scholar - a path followed by Bill Clinton. How did he earn that scholarship - if it was, in fact, truly earned?
Frankly, this smells to high heaven. I can't escape the conviction that just as Barack Obama was a nonentity in terms of real-world achievement who was groomed and polished to seize political power, so someone (or perhaps several someones) appear(s) to be grooming Mr. Farrow in precisely the same way. He can't possibly have done enough to deserve the awards he's been given - not at his age and level of experience. Compare his resumé with those of people who have truly significant achievements to their names, and you'll see what I mean at once. He's achieved little, if anything, of real and lasting value - yet he's being lauded to the skies. Why? What's going on? I can only assume it's to take advantage of his undoubted youthful good looks and capitalize on his family name and its public recognition.
I smell a large, hairy rat here. What say you, readers? Am I being unduly cynical, or just plain unfair - or am I on to something? Please let us know your reactions in Comments.