Netroots and Breitbart Awards Collide in Providence

The Breitbart Awards collided this year with the annual Netroots Convention in Providence, Rhode Island.
Providence Journal reported:

Two conservative organizations will present their first Breitbart Awards on Friday at 7 p.m. at the Providence Marriott, timed to “collide” with the Netroots Nation 2012 convention at the Rhode Island Convention Center.

The awards honor controversial journalist Andrew Breitbart, revered by conservatives and derided by liberals, who died in March. He was 43.

The Heritage Foundation and Franklin Center for Government & Public Integrity cite Breitbart’s “monumental journalistic achievements.”

They note that the Future of Journalism Summit deliberately “clashes with left-wing Netroots Nation summit.”

“Certainly, timing-wise,” it’s no coincidence, said Franklin Center spokesman Erick Telford. “In no way are we taking them [Netroots] on or trying to compete with them head-on. It’s more just serving as a leverage point for contrast.”

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