Big Peace Contributor Charles Johnson Wins Eric Breindel Award

BigPeace.com contributor Charles C. Johnson has won the Eric Breindel Collegiate Journalism Award for a series of articles uncovering the radical views of Claremont McKenna College professor Bassam Frangieh.

Johnson exposed Frangieh’s support for the terror groups Hamas and Hezbollah, as well as Frangieh’s dislike of the United States. His articles ran in the Claremont Independent, and Johnson also wrote a separate series of posts on the same subject for BigPeace.com. The research Johnson conducted included extensive translations of interviews that Frangieh had originally conducted in Arabic, which Johnson arranged at his own expense.

The administration at Claremont McKenna circled the wagons, and the faculty passed a resolution behind closed doors supporting Frangieh on the basis of his contribution to diversity of “race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion and cultures, geographic and national origin (both U.S. and international), socio-economics, life experiences, and intellectual viewpoints.” Johnson persisted in the face of that stiff, and at times intimidating, opposition.

Johnson, contacted for comment about his award, said: “I would never have won this great award without the help of Andrew Breitbart and the people at BigPeace.com believing in me and my work.”

The award includes “a cash prize of $10,000, as well as a paid internship…at either Fox News Channel, The Wall Street Journal, or the New York Post.” Johnson, who graduated from Claremont McKenna this spring, is already working at the Wall Street Journal this summer after winning another, separate award.

BigPeace.com editor Peter Schweizer congratulated Johnson: “He’s a superb contributor. Fearless and committed to the truth. We applaud him and congratulate him for his fine work.”


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