2008 MRC Gala &
2nd Annual William F. Buckley Jr. Award for Media Excellence
Buckley Jr. (1925-2008) was the intellectual cornerstone of the modern conservative movement. His
National Review magazine in 1955 provided the home base for
conservatives in an America seemingly overrun by liberalism. With NR,
and as host of television’s
for 33 years, William F. Buckley Jr. spread the cause, helped rally
conservatives during the Cold War, was instrumental in helping Ronald Reagan
win the presidency — twice — and continues to provide the intellectual
ammunition, along with grace and wit, to strengthen conservatives in the
on-going battles to preserve liberty, peace and justice in America.
In addition to NR, Mr. Buckley wrote 40
books, publishes a regular
column syndicated to 300 newspapers, and pens longer articles for
magazines and other outlets. He has educated and inspired thousands of
conservatives, especially young men and women, through his articles, books and
TV appearances. These young conservatives have followed Mr. Buckley’s example
and relayed the conservative message across the country and through various
media, particularly the New Media: cable TV, talk radio and the Internet.
Fifty-eight years ago, William F. Buckley Jr. circumvented the liberal
media’s "Berlin Wall" of bias with imagination and tenacity. His intellectual
progeny now populate the airwaves and cyberspace, leaving the old liberal
media in the dustbin of history. To recognize and honor the very best of these
new conservative leaders, the Media Research Center is proud to present the
annual William F. Buckley Jr. Award for Media Excellence.
MRC President Brent Bozell announced the recipient of the
William F. Buckley Jr. Award for Media Excellence.
Tony Snow accepted the Buckley Award with an an optimistic
speech about the greatness of America.
Snow acceptance speech