That Liberal Media This month, Michael Kelly will receive a posthumous Daniel Pearl Award for Courage and Integrity in Journalism at the 45th Annual Southern California Journalism Awards. When Kelly was killed in Iraq, some accused me of gloating at Kelly’s death with my post (scroll down to 4/5). Nothing could be further from the truth. I simply pointed out that in his life, Kelly was a hooligan posing as a journalist. In fact, if the Washington Post cared about journalistic integrity, then Kelly would be alive today. Had the Post bothered to look into the numerous cases of clear-cut journalistic dishonesty by Kelly (the Daily Howler reported on several cases), he would have been fired years ago and he would not have had the chance to be an embedded journalist in Iraq. Being a journalist means telling the truth and that is something that Kelly bothered to do only when it suited his purposes. Kelly dishonored the journalism community when he was alive and journalists are doing no favors to themselves by honoring his work.