“If you wondered where the New York Times‘ massive, 9-part iEconomy series was headed, here’s a clue: Part 1 was published on Jan. 21, and Part 9 on Thursday, Dec. 27 — just under the wire, we presume, for the Dec. 25 electronic submission deadline for the 2012 Pulitzer Prizes in Journalism,” Philip Elmer-DeWitt reports for Fortune.

“For reporters who know about these things, the series had Pulitzer written all over it from the start. The plan was simple: Single out Apple (AAPL) as what biologists might call a “conspicuous megafauna” — the high-profile stand-in for thousands U.S. firms that have been shipping American jobs overseas,” P.E.D. reports. “Never mind that Apple’s competitors all outsource work, sidestep taxes, use patents as weapons and turn an even blinder eye to labor abuses in the Asian supply chain. The fact is, Apple — always a draw for readers — made a big, fat, easy target.”

P.E.D. reports, “But the Times, which has won a record 108 Pulitzers, knows better than any other American newspaper that what the prize committee wants to see is evidence that all this reporting has led to real, substantive reform. And that’s what Part 9 — ‘Signs of Changes’ — sets out to show.”

Read more in the full article – recommended – here.

MacDailyNews Take: The New York Times. “All the Concocted, Manufactured ‘News’ We Can Fit.”

We can almost hear the old dying media dinosaurs sputtering in their lavish yet methodically emptying offices, “But, but, but… this is not something we talk about in print; this talk is only for our New York cocktail parties!”

Look around carefully, NY Slimes, in the end, when you’re shutting out the lights because the public can finally see right through you, those 100+ Pulitzers won’t be worth a bucket of warm piss.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader "JayinDC" for the heads up.]