Breitbart News investigative journalist Matthew Boyle will be honored Friday with the “Eagle Award” from conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly’s Eagle Forum. Boyle is being honored for his reporting work on the immigration overhaul efforts in Congress. At 25 years old, he is one of the youngest recipients of the award ever.
Each year, the Eagle Forum’s Capitol Hill office, its Education Center and state chapters nominate conservative leaders from around the country for the award. Schlafly’s Eagle Forum said that “Eagle Forum honors many of those individuals who have done exceptional work in promoting these values through the annual Eagle Awards, presented during the organization’s annual meeting Eagle Council.”
“Matthew Boyle has been nominated for the award by Eagle Forum’s Capitol Hill office for his devotion to truth and accuracy in the media as an investigative journalist,” the Eagle Forum said. “Boyle endured numerous unfounded attacks from the political left and right because of his stellar reporting on Senate and House efforts to pass a comprehensive immigration bill that included amnesty for illegal aliens. Boyle did the work of a true journalist by holding accountable the powerful pro-amnesty forces, including legislators and well-funded liberal and corporate interests as well as big labor unions. He showed true courage in writing about the backroom deals, political payoffs, even the unconstitutionality of the Senate ‘Gang of Eight’ amnesty bill.”
“Boyle gave a voice to the voiceless by telling the truth about consequences of amnesty, when other reporters ignored these important stories,” the Eagle Forum added. “He interviewed border agents who were shut out of the discussion of the Senate amnesty bill, reported on amnesty’s devastating impact on blue collar American workers, particularly black and Hispanic workers. He published the stories of families whose loved ones have been killed by illegal aliens who would be eligible for amnesty under the Dream Act. For his excellence in journalism and his contribution to defending American exceptionalism, Eagle Forum is proud to award Matthew Boyle with an Eagle Award at its 42nd Annual Eagle Council held September 13th at the Renaissance Arlington Capitol View Hotel in Arlington, Virginia.”
Breitbart News CEO Larry Solov said that Boyle is “a fearless reporter who just won’t quit, much less ease off the throttle one bit, until he’s gotten the story pinned down and reported.”
“Determined and tireless, he epitomizes the energy and intensity necessary to break the kind of big and original stories we regularly report at Breitbart News,” Solov said. “We at Breitbart News congratulate Matt on this well-deserved honor.”
Breitbart News Executive Chairman Stephen K. Bannon said, “Matt Boyle represents the best qualities of Breitbart News: tough, relentless and fair.”
“We are honored that Eagle Forum, an institution with a track record of identifying extraordinary talent, has chosen Matt for this award. Phyllis Schafly knows talent and achievement, and in Matt she got both,” Bannon said.
Past Washington, D.C., office Eagle Award recipients include Ronald Reagan’s Secretary of Education Bill Bennett, former presidential candidate and conservative movement leader Gary Bauer, Center for Security Policy president Frank Gaffney, former congressman Jack Kemp, Family Research Council president Tony Perkins and Americans for Tax Reform president Grover Norquist in 1994. Major national political figures who have received state-level versions of the award include former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former House Majority Leader Dick Armey, conservative columnist and author Michelle Malkin, U.S. Sens. James Inhofe (R-OK), Richard Shelby (R-AL), Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), and several other current and former members of U.S. Congress, state legislators and conservative leaders around the country.
Schlafly has been a national leader of the conservative movement sincethe publication of her best-selling 1964 book, A Choice Not an Echo. Shehas been a leader of the pro-family movement since 1972, when shestarted her national volunteer organization, Eagle Forum. In a ten-yearbattle, Eagle Forum led the pro-family movement to victory over theprincipal legislative goal of the radical feminists, called the EqualRights Amendment. Eagle Forum’s achievements prove thatcitizen-volunteers can affect government policies in Congress, statelegislatures, city councils and school boards; elect candidates at everylevel; and articulate conservative and pro-family policies through themedia. Eagle Forum’s mission is to enable conservative and pro-familymen and women to participate in the process of self-government andpublic-policymaking so that America will continue to be a land ofindividual liberty, respect for family integrity, public and privatevirtue, national independence, constitutional government and privateenterprise.