Nobody knows better than journalists that the best way an organization can bury an announcement it knows will make news is to do so late on a Friday.
So it's little wonder that the Society for Professional Journalists decided to announce its retirement of the Helen Thomas Lifetime Achievement Award on January 14.
Of course, the SPJ's release makes clear it's not because the organization had a change of heart about Thomas's worthiness of having a namesake award but because "No individual worthy of such honor should have to face this controversy. No honoree should have to decide if the possible backlash is worth being recognized for his or her contribution to journalism."
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