NATIONAL HARBOR, Maryland, March 6, 2014 – Allen West spoke at Thursday night’s Bloggers Bash, stressing the importance of a strong conservative media, invoking the name of the late Andrew Breitbart, and applauding blogger’s courage to counter the liberal bias in mainstream media outlets.
The overall media presence at CPAC 2014 has visibly expanded and this year’s media space is more than twice as large as last year. Radio Row, which includes conservative radio personalities such as the Dana Loesch Show and John Fredericks as well as networks like WMAL and The Blaze Radio Network, was also expanded.
According to show host, American Conservative Union (ACU), CPAC’s Radio Row hosts more than three dozen of the leading conservative talk shows.
The conference is covered by C-SPAN and 2,200 credentialed members of the press, bloggers and broadcasters. Prominent media sponsors include One America News Network, Townhall Media and Tea Party News Network.
The National Blogger’s Club held a Thursday night Bloggers Bash again this year. A number of awards were handed out on behalf of the organization by Mary Katherine Ham, who herself received the Blogger of the Year Award earlier in the day from the American Conservative Union.
Presenting the award, ACU Executive Director Daniel Schneider said, “Every year we give this award to an outstanding conservative voice in the media. Past winners include digital journalists such as Matt Lewis and Katie Pavlich and this year we are happy to announce Hot Air’s Mary Katharine Ham. With Southern charm and determination, she went on to tackle the world of journalism, applying her experiences and convictions to her work.”
If the numbers and quality of journalists at CPAC are any indication, new conservative media is coming of age.
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CPAC is taking place March 6-8, 2014 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, offering three days of blockbuster speeches, policy discussions and networking opportunities – all celebrating the shared principles of smaller government, a strong national defense and traditional American values.