On Thursday night, a star-studded crowd of conservative activists, figures, and guests gathered at the National Building Museum for the Media Research Center’s 2016 Gala featuring the DisHonor Awards. With appearances by conservative columnist Cal Thomas, Weekly Standard's Stephen Hayes, Conservative Review’s Deneen Borelli, Club for Growth president Phil McIntosh, Lt. General William “Jerry” Boykin (ret.), and Baltimore police Lieutenant Brian Rice and Officers Garret Miller and Edward Nero, it was a night to remember. 

At Thursday’s Media Research Center Gala, President Brent Bozell presented the tenth annual “William F. Buckley Jr. Award for Media Excellence” to 2016 honoree Charlie Daniels. After celebrating the music career of the legendary country star, Bozell explained: “A few years ago I began reading Charlie’s columns....They were striking for their intellect, their passion, their beauty – reflecting both a fervent mind and a bursting heart.”

NewsBusters guest contributor Charlie Daniels has had enough of CNN's Piers Morgan attacking Americans he doesn't agree with.

After Morgan said about Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson via Twitter Thursday, "[T]he 1st Amendment shouldn't protect vile bigots," Daniels scolded the arrogant Brit Friday with a series of tweets that began, "Piers Morgan why don't you go back to England and straighten it out before you try to change the United States of America":

Charlie Daniels, a man for whom I have so much respect, sent me his new video. I've embedded it below the page break.

I don't think it's even been released yet. But I told him -- I insisted -- that he show it to you. It is a very, very powerful tribute to our men and women in uniform, and to the Gold Star parents whose children gave their lives in service to our country.  

Very appropriate for this solemn day, we thought we'd share with you our good friend Charlie Daniels's moving recitation of  the late Red Skelton's exposition of the Pledge of Allegiance. You can watch it by clicking the play button below the page break:

Let me preface this by saying that I really appreciate everybody's response on the soapbox every week, whether they be pro or con. I certainly don't expect everybody to agree with my opinion.

I rarely respond to the comments made unless I have, what I feel, is a very important and specific reason for doing so.

I remember the first time I ever saw any of the Westboro Baptist Church. It was many years ago and I can't remember where it was but I saw a bunch of people at a distance holding up day glow colored signs that said, "GOD HATES FAGS" and "THANK GOD FOR DEAD SOLDIERS."

When you travel as much as I do, you see some pretty strange sights and tend to catalogue such things as the antics of a bunch of local kooks out to grab some headlines.

In recent years I've come to know Charlie Daniels personally, enough so that I can say with confidence that this man just isn't looking for tributes. But for all that Charlie has done for this country and its fighting men and women, he deserves every honor that comes his way.

It was some thirty years ago when I first caught a Charlie Daniels concert.  He was the back-up to the Marshall Tucker Band at the old Capital Centre outside Washington DC, and that night, he stole the show. When he finished his blazing set the audience erupted and brought him back for an encore. When the Marshall Tucker Band finished their rather good performance, it made no difference: the capacity crowd roared for yet another performance from Charlie Daniels.

It's a metaphor for his life. At a time when he should, deservedly be disappearing into the shadows, he's back - with the crowd roaring once again.  Despite recovering from a stroke and nearing his 74th birthday, Charlie still plays about 100 concerts a year, including Sean Hannity's "Freedom Concerts" to benefit the children of our fallen and disabled U.S. soldiers through Ollie North's Freedom Alliance. So much has Charlie become ingrained in the "Freedom Concerts" (he performed in all eight shows this year) and in the effort to support our military worldwide that he deserves his own tribute. He is America's unsung singing hero.

In the summer of 2005 the Media Research Center (MRC) launched a pivotal project that would quickly transform the speed and breadth of exposing liberal media bias into real-time documentation: NewsBusters.org.

Within 24 hours, top talker Rush Limbaugh raved to his millions of listeners that "NewsBusters rocks" and today, five years later, the award-winning blog has become a hub for conservative media personalities who daily cite and source its work. 

The blog has authored more than 40,000 posts that have generated more than 1.2 million comments; produced the recurring political comedy showNewsBusted; and created a community of more than 40 around-the-clock contributing analysts including Charlie Daniels and other notables. NewsBusters has become the online clearinghouse for instantaneous evidence of liberal media bias and is backed by the MRC's gargantuan archive of more than 390,000 hours of broadcast and cable news recordings dating back to 1987. 

Country music legend and NewsBusters contributor Charlie Daniels recently suffered a mild stroke while vacationing in Colorado, CMT.com reported minutes ago:

Charlie Daniels suffered a mild stroke on Friday (Jan. 15) while snowmobiling during a vacation in Colorado. Daniels was treated at a medical center in Durango, Colo., after the stroke and was then airlifted to a Denver hospital, where he was released on Sunday (Jan. 17). He is recovering at his home in Colorado, where he has been on vacation since Dec. 27. No concert dates are expected to be canceled, according to his publicist.

Please keep Mr. Daniels in your thoughts and prayers.

First of all, let me wish you a happy and prosperous New Year, and I want to thank you all for reading this column and letting your thoughts be known by responding.

Whether your reaction to what I write be pro or con, it's always good to know what's on your mind, and I sincerely hope that you will continue to do so.

There is a great frustration abroad in America these days and goodness knows we have enough to be frustrated about; the economy, the two wars we are fighting, people walking unimpeded across our border from Mexico, a country that for all practical purposes is being controlled by a ruthless drug cartel.

The closing of businesses, the loss of jobs and the relentless cruelty of Islamic terrorists around the world all add up to a myriad of serious problems facing America today.

Although you will not hear it articulated in the mainstream media, I think what's bothering Americans more than any other single subject is the fact that we've lost control of our government.

There is one thing I very much want everyone who reads this to understand. Although I vehemently disagree with just about everything Barack Obama has done since he has been in office, and I really believe that he's digging a fiscal hole that this nation will be generations, if ever, digging out of, although I believe him to be a total socialist and just hate it when I have seen him bow to royalty around the world, I will write this piece with as much impartiality as I can, so that it will not be about the man or anything he has done in the past, but rather about the defense of this nation.

First of all, trying terrorists in America is nothing more than gross arrogance by our President and Attorney General.

The repercussions of a terrorist trial in New York could be so catastrophic that you don't even want to think about it.