Cal Thomas, MRC Honor The Late Andrew Breitbart

Craig Bannister
By Craig Bannister | September 28, 2012 | 2:22 PM EDT

At its annual gala, the Media Research Center honored the late Andrew Breitbart with the its sixth annual “William F. Buckley Award for Media Excellence.” But, Andrew’s work in journalism wasn’t just excellent – it was fearless.

This year, the award could’ve just as easily been called the “William F. Buckley Award for Media Courage.”

Andrew went where few in the media dare go, publishing exposes about sex-selective abortions, the sexting scandal of then-Rep. Anthony Weiner, and the left-wing operative ACORN, as columnist Cal Thomas, who presented the posthumous award at the Media Research Center’s (MRC) annual gala, explained.

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I knew Andrew Breitbart. He was a friend, as well as a colleague, and I can attest to his journalistic courage and zeal.

His enthusiasm for exposing news the liberal media would not touch was truly infectious and inspiring. I could call him with a quick question, and he’d launch into an impassioned rant about something in the news that was ticking him off, or about his latest project.

And, despite being a leader in the new media, Andrew didn't wage his fight against liberal bias and the left-wing agenda from some remote location in Middle America. No, he did it from his Brentwood home in the left-coast lion's den.

Andrew’s father-in-law, actor Orson Bean, accepted the award and paid tribute to his son-in-law’s character, courage, and commitment to journalistic excellence.

As Orson Bean explained last night, Andrew’s unpretentious, earthy charm was something even the most liberal journalists would succumb to – those who actually bothered to spend some time with him and get to know him.

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