Media Research Center president L. Brent Bozell was one of 10 conservative leaders to receive an “Impact Award” by United in Purpose in a ceremony held at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Washington D.C. on Wednesday.
United in Purpose, led by CEO Bill Dallas, is a non-profit organization whose mission is to unite and equip conservatives in the promotion of Judeo-Christian principles. The second annual event was hosted by Ginni Thomas, the President of Liberty Consulting.
Bozell began his remarks by thanking United in Purpose, and he then paid tribute to the late president George H. W. Bush.
“Ginni, you’re right,” stated Brent Bozell. “The president [George H. W. Bush] is on our mind today, and it should be. I will tell you that I’ve always had a problem with the term gentler, kinder or kinder, gentler because it’s a comparative. And when you talk about who you are comparing it to, what you’re comparing it too, that becomes problematic. That said, kind, gentle is about two words that describe this man as well as I could possibly do it.”
He then praised former Attorney General Ed Meese and Radio Host Mark Levin. Levin received the “Outstanding Impact Award,” while Meese received United in Purpose’s “‘Lifetime Achievement Award.”
“Speaking of which, I did an interview yesterday, and someone was asking me about this,” said Brent Bozell. “And I said that there are three living statesmen today that I think fall under that category: The first one is, was President Bush; the second one, I say, selfishly and with absolute unabashed bias, is Judge James Buckley; and the third is Ed Meese, who I believe is about the most extraordinary man alive today. I would also say that about Mark Levin. I believe he is one of the kindest men that I know publicly.”
Bozell joked, “If I was to use the word gentle, however, you folks would know that the frontal lobotomy is complete and it was a success.
“It’s easy for General Meese and for Mark Levin to be recognized for their impact,” continued Bozell. “Ed Meese because he was the wing man for Ronald Reagan who brought us the Reagan revolution that changed the world. Mark Levin, because – and I’ve said this to him privately; so he knows I’m not pandering, unless I am pandering publicly, which is even better. But I do believe that, and I said this to Mark recently, I do believe that without Mark and two other people on talk radio, there would be no conservative movement today. I honestly believe that.
“As for myself, thank you, but I feel a little bit intimated receiving this award because the battle is nowhere near complete,” said Bozell. “This war is nowhere near— It’s going to continue as long was all of us are around. I will say, it’s been gratifying to know that there has been a dramatic shift in the perception of the press today. To think that 25 or 30 years ago, only 25 percent of the public believed it was biased. Today, 90 percent of the public believe that the media were out to get Donald Trump in 2016. That was a huge shift.
“So who gets the credit for it?” asked Bozell. “One of the goals that I’ve had since the day we began this organization, was to make this a top-shelf concern of the conservative movement, not the MRC. And I believe we succeeded in that. I’ll take credit for that one, bt ultimately, that which deserves credit needs to be shared by the entire conservative movement. So, I accept it on the movement’s behalf, not my own. Thank you.”
Others receiving Impact Awards were Investigative Reporter Sara Carter, Turning Point USA Communications Director Candace Owens, Adm. James “Ace” Lyons, Attorney Cleta Mitchell, Heritage Foundation Senior Vice President for Policy Promotion Bridgett Wagner, and National Association of Scholars President Peter Wood.