Media Given Permission To Cover Steve Bannon's Speech In Tucson

Published: Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 12:04pm
Updated: Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 7:42am
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Steve Bannon.

The father of slain Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry said his son believed in the Constitution, including freedom of the press and the right to report on all things agreeable or not.

Ralph Terry said he is pleased to hear a Tucson resort has reversed its decision and invited the media to attend the Brian Terry Foundation Courage Awards and Benefit Dinner this Saturday.

Originally, the JW Marriott Resort banned media members from attending the dinner where Steve Bannon, the former White House Senior Counselor and founder of the alt-right newspaper Breitbart, is scheduled to speak.

"He'll speak about border security and Border Patrol issues," Terry said, referring to Bannon's insights as President Trump's former aide. "So, he has information about those topics that I think our audience will want to hear. If he's polarizing, I'm sorry about that."

Terry's son Brian was the border agent killed in 2010 by an armed gunman with weapons from the Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agency's (ATF) failed "Fast and Furious" mission.

If nothing else, he said he hopes to educate people about his son Brian Terry and the foundation created in his honor.

"There are people that will hear about Brian that would never would have heard about him. And I take that as a very positive thing," he said.

The Brian Terry Foundation Courage Awards and Benefit Dinner takes place Saturday, Nov. 18 at 5:00 p.m. at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort and Spa in Tucson.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The story has been updated to reflect the correct agency as ATF.

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