Center honors Monica Crowley, spotlights ‘new media’ and mainstream bias at Mightier Pen event

Monica CrowleyCenter for Security Policy | Dec 17, 2012

    On December 11, 2012 the Center for Security Policy honored radio host and bestselling author Monica Crowley with the Mightier Pen Award and hosted its annual National Security and New Media Conference. Frank Gaffney and Andy McCarthy introduced Ms. Crowley.


The Mightier Pen Award recognizes journalists who promote the need for robust US national security policies through the indispensability of American strength to preserving international peace. As a political and foreign affairs analyst, Monica Crowley has been a long-standing supporter of the Center’s belief that America’s national power must be preserved and properly used; for it holds a unique global role in maintaining peace and stability. Ms Crowley’s new book, What the (Bleep) Just Happened?, asks the questions that are on the minds of Americans today and makes the case for a “great American comeback,” including a return to the security posture that made America great.



In addition to the Mightier Pen Award, the Center’s National Security and New Media Conference brought together some of the the most experienced and provocative voices in journalism to address several problems in mainstream media reporting on national security topics, with an emphasis on the recent presidential election.


PANEL ONE: Beyond Bias: The Mainstream Media

Outraged.  That’s how Americans feel about the performance of the  mainstream media in the 2012 election season.  From the New York Times  to the networks, CNN and of course, MSNBC, they have now moved far  beyond their role as impartial journalists into active political  operatives.  What happens to a nation when the mainstream media  overwhelmingly become the propagandists for the Left? Featured  panelists:

  • Richard Miniter: Columnist, Forbes Magazine and New York Times best-selling author and investigative journalist;
  • Bill  Gertz: Senior Editor, Washington Free Beacon, Columnist, Washington  Times and Best-selling author of six books on national security; and
  • Andrew  McCarthy: Columnist, National Review Online and PJMedia, Executive  Director, Philadelphia David Horowitz Freedom Center and Former chief  prosecutor in the 1993 WTC bombing

Moderator: Fred Grandy



PANEL TWO: To the Rescue: The New Media

The election was the worst of times for the old mainstream media –  but the best of times for the independent new media investigative  reporters who are reinventing American journalism.  All our panelists  broke major stories during the campaign, as new media pioneers setting  the highest standards for professional journalism.  Can they and their  colleagues become the future of a free press in America? Featured  panelists:

  • Tiffany Gabbay: Assistant Editor, The Blaze;
  • Peter  Schweizer: Founder, Big Peace (; William J. Casey Fellow  at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University; New York Times and  Washington Post best-selling author; and President, Government  Accountability Institute
  • John Nolte: Editor in Chief, Big Hollywood (

Moderator: Frank Gaffney