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  • Heritage to Co-Host 'Breitbart Awards' at Future of Journalism Summit

    The Heritage Foundation, in partnership with the Franklin Center for Government and Public Intergrity, is proud to be hosting the first annual Breitbart Awards dinner this weekend.

    The event will take place at the Future of Journalism Summit in Providence, R.I., on Friday evening, and will honor a journalist, a blogger, and a citizen who exemplify the values championed by the late Andrew Breitbart.

    The journalist award will be given to the Washington Examiner’s Philip Klein, author of the new ebook Conservative Survival in the Romney Era. Ace of Spades will be honored with the blogger award, while Hating Breitbart director Andrew Marcus will take home the citizen award.

    Erik Telford, senior vice president of outreach at Franklin, explained the awards to Politico’s Dylan Byers:

    “Breitbart set an example of what any indvidual can do, and showed people that you don’t need to go to journalism school or be a professional to make a big impact [...] What we’re honoring, and what people are inspired to follow, is his pursuit for accountablity, finding the tories other people wouldn’t cover, and making sure the public got the information they deserve.”

    …Telford said that he hopes the mission of Breitbard extends beyond conservatives.

    “What he was doing is something that was not necessarily restericted to a specific ideology,” Telford said. “Anyone on either side can stand up and question elected officials, question organizations that wield power in the political system. His devotion was to the truth, more so than conservatism, and going forward I hope that’s what inspires people.”

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    One Response to Heritage to Co-Host 'Breitbart Awards' at Future of Journalism Summit

    1. jstjoan says:

      While I appreciate very much that the Franklin Center acknowledges the work of watchdog journalists with the Breitbart Awards, I would suggest next time changing your criteria for the “Citizen” category.

      It states: “Citizen: The fight for freedom requires a constant stream of new recruits willing to make time in their lives to serve as watchdogs in their local communities. We’ll honor an information activist committed to digging up the truth.”

      Andrew Marcus’ work certainly deserves recognition, but his work at Founding Bloggers and on"Hating Breibart" is not targeted to his “local community”. It is a form of national media about national politics and is more appropriately defined by you “Blogger” criteria.

      There are many of us who actually are making a huge difference in our local communities and recognizing our efforts would likely inspire many more average “Citizens” to get involved as a citizen watchdog. I recently caused a corrupt local County Commissioner to not seek reelection because my investigation led to the District Attorney investigating his potentially criminal actions. Others can do this if they have an example just like Andrew Breibart and his team were an example to me.

      This is not a case of sour grapes but rather I’m merely pointing out a glaring case of bait and switch. The Franklin Center and Heritage would do well in inspiring others by recognizing actual citizen watchdog bloggers instead of professional national bloggers/media in the Citizen category. Shame on you.

      Joanie Scott http://proofofright.wordpress.com/

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