Sure, creating a program that has been endlessly referred to as the greatest TV show of all time -- largely although not entirely because it happens to be the plain fact of the matter that it is the greatest fucking TV show of all time -- ought to qualify you as a genius.
But it's nice to know that people with gobs and gobs of money to give away can see that too.
So yay! David Simon won a MacArthur!
Oh, and a bunch of other people did too. None of whom, oddly enough, seem to have created any TV shows. What were we talking about again?
(Links via Canavan and Yglesias.)
Update: Interview with Simon here.