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What They’re Saying About FDD’s Claudia Rosett & The Oil-for-Food Scandal

"Claudia Rossett certainly would deserve [a Pulitzer Prize] for her unrelenting scrutiny of the UN as it really is."
- David Frum, columnist, National Review Online, April 10, 2006

"Claudia Rosett is a 'journalist's journalist' who is a 'one-woman truth squad on the United Nations."
- Frank Gaffney, former Assistant Secretary of Defense and President, Center for Security Policy, Dec. 15, 2005

"She should have a Pulitzer and maybe even a Nobel on her desk, but today Claudia Rosett has a true truth-teller's prize in her possession — the Annual Eric Breindel Award for Excellence in Journalism."
- Kathryn Jean Lopez, editor, National Review Online, June 2, 2005

"[Lachlan] Murdoch [Deputy Chief Operating Officer of News Corporation] described Ms. Rosett as reporter's reporter and also a pundit's pundit. Hard facts and sound judgments are the essence of good opinion journalism, he said."
- The New York Sun, June 3, 2005

"She has been described as a rose among thorns, a dogged reporter, a one-woman news service, meticulous, gracious and an extraordinary example to aspiring reporters. This is the reputation developed by Claudia Rosett, who has performed a great public service by exposing massive corruption at the United Nations ... We need more reporters like Rosett who are unafraid to investigate and report on corruption in the United Nations; reporters who are not for sale and who refuse to play the role of flatterer to the world body."
- AIM Report, June 13, 2005

"The seventh annual Eric Breindel Award for Excellence in Journalism has been awarded to Claudia Rosett for her peerless--and tireless--reporting on the scandalous palm-greasing and bribery engaged in by Saddam Hussein's Iraqi regime under the U.N. Oil-for-Food program."
- The Weekly Standard, June 12, 2005

"Rosett's ...dogged pursuit of the oil-for-food-for-dictators scandals at the United Nations pushed that story in all of its mind-numbing complexity into the media mainstream, where it has done more to set in motion long overdue oversight of the United Nations than all of the previous blue ribbon reports and congressional hearings combined...Whether or not the Pulitzer committee recognizes Rosett for her incredible contribution to freedom through her superb journalism over the past few years, those who follow the media know she is the standard setter."
- Hugh Hewitt, author, journalist radio talk show host, The Weekly Standard, March 18, 2005

"There were always the untold 'minor' embarrassments that we were to ignore as the slight slips of the 'good" people' — small details like the multibillion-dollar Oil-for-Food scandal that came to light due to the reporting of a single brave maverick, Claudia Rosett..."
- Victor Davis Hanson, military historian, essayist,, Feb. 5, 2005

"The U.N. Oil for Food program, we learn from the reporting of Claudia Rosett in The Wall Street Journal, was a rip-off on the order of $21 billion -- with money intended for hungry Iraqis going instead to Saddam Hussein and his henchmen, to bribed French and Russian businesses and, evidently, to the U.N.'s own man in charge, Benon Savan."
- Michael Barone, author, commentator,, Jan. 10, 2005

“The Wall Street Journal's Claudia Rosett, whose reporting has done much to bring the scandal to light, gives the clearest and most comprehensive account of its spreading tentacles….”
- John O'Sullivan, commentator, The National Post, May 6, 2004

“Thanks to Claudia Rosett, an enterprising reporter…the world now knows that some information put out by Secretary-General Kofi Annan about his son's involvement…at the heart of the U.N. Oil-for-Food scandal is untrue.”
- William Safire, columnist, The New York Times, Nov. 29, 2004

“Claudia Rosett, sifting the horribly leached bones of the oil-for-food program in Iraq in the pages of this newspaper, has shown beyond peradventure that the U.N. is neither competent nor the fount of humanitarianism.”
- Editorial Board, The New York Sun, December 29, 2004

“…there was simply too much incentive for U.N. managers to look away while Saddam, as intrepid journalist, Claudia Rosett reported, “skimmed the money, bought influence, built palaces, and stashed away funds for other purposes…”
- Mortimer B. Zuckerman, Editor-in-Chief, U.S. News & World Report, Dec. 20, 2004

“In light of Kofi Annan's failure to stop U.N. corruption in the supposedly humanitarian oil-for-food program, how can the Bush administration even think of entrusting a future democratic Iraq to U.N. supervision? And how can Mr. Annan even want to stay on as U.N. secretary-general of this corrupted organization? Claudia Rosett's spectacular expose in the current Commentary Magazine headlines the scandal.”
- Arnold Beichman, author, The Washington Times, April 28, 2004

“Claudia Rosett who has been covering this matter continually for the Wall Street Journal and elsewhere deserves the Pulitzer for at times being a lone voice (accompanied by a few bloggers who have virtually no investigative facilities) in this matter.”
- Roger L. Simon, author, screenwriter, blogger,, Oct. 15, 2004

“The story of ... [the] UN [Oil-for-Food] scandal begins with Claudia Rosett, a former Wall Street Journal reporter..."
- Ian Williams, reporter, The Nation, December 22, 2004