Since Taibbi’s article appeared in the July 9 issue of Rolling Stone, it has inspired ire and praise. But the Sidney’s panel of judges felt that the article represented what the award seeks to honor: “an outstanding piece of socially-conscious journalism in any medium that seeks to foster social and economic justice.”
“Taibbi is the first journalist to use the right combination of history, intelligence, investigation and moral outrage to chart the remarkable depth and breadth of Goldman’s role in creating America’s financial meltdown,” Sidney award judge Charles Kaiser said.
For his efforts, Taibbi will receive $500, a certificate designed by New Yorker cartoonist Edward Sorel, and a bottle of union-made wine.
Last month, the first Sidney was awarded to to 17-year-old Victoria Cruz for a piece she did for public radio station WNYC about her same-sex relationship with her girlfriend Deoine Scott.