For the third year in a row the White House Correspondents’ Association is awarding ABC’s Jake Tapper with the Merriman Smith Award for Broadcast Excellence in Presidential Coverage.
Tapper is receiving the award for breaking the news in August that Standard and Poor had decided to downgrade the U.S’ credit rating.
“We don’t get to say anything at these dinners – mercifully, for the audience – but if I got a chance there are two points I’d make. (Hopefully before the orchestra starting playing),” Tapper said in an email to FishbowlDC.
“First, there’s no way I could ever even get my socks on in the morning , much less break news, were it not for my amazing and unbelievably tolerant and loving wife, and the most talented White House team a correspondent could have – ABC News’ Stephanie Smith, Mary Bruce, Barry Freeman, Devin Dwyer, Jon Garcia and Ann Compton.
“Second, no one ever thanks SOURCES, but deserving of gratitude are the anonymous officials and whistleblowers and honest-brokers who behind the scenes fundamentally respect the need of journalists to report so the public can know what’s going on beyond the rhetoric and press releases. This is an especially important group to honor given recent aggressive efforts to clamp down on government whistleblowers.”
ABC News President Ben Sherwood is, of course, ecstatic: “A modern news machine, Jake keeps newsmakers honest and his audience informed around-the-clock,” he said in a release. “We are thrilled that Jake has been recognized again for his excellence and scoops.”
WaPo‘s Scott Wilson and Politico‘s Glenn Thrush, Carrie Budoff Brown, Manu Raju and John Bresnahan were also selected as recipients of the Merriman.
The WHCA will present the awards at the annual dinner on April 28.