The funny thing about the Pulitzer Prize announcements is that while there's a big deal made about how they're kept secret until the moment they're announced — not via TV or wire but the old-fashioned way, up at Columbia at 3 p.m. — they're usually a pretty poorly kept secret. (This is not terribly surprising: Scores of journalists are involved in the selection process — on individual juries, on the Pulitzer Board — and journalists are the worst leakers of them all.) The rumor we've persistently heard through the afternoon is that the Times will take home a mere three prizes while The Washington Post will be the big winner with four.
Is it true? Who knows. We're hopping on the train up to 116th Street; we'll let you know when we do.