Notice that in nearly every article
on the BBC about ex-gang member, convicted murderer, and soon-to-be-executed Stanley “Tookie” Williams, readers are reminded that Williams has “earned” several Nobel Peace Prize nominations. Considering that all it takes to get such a nomination
is a nod from a single social science professor somewhere in the world, and especially given the kinds of people
who have managed to actually win the prize, it’s not at all clear to me that such a nomination is all that significant.
But let’s imagine, for a moment, that getting nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize is indeed a significant and important achievement. When, do you suppose, was the last time the BBC reminded its audience that US President George W. Bush has been the recipient of such a nomination not just once
, but twice