Monthly social – potluck – planner

Friday 12/14/18 7 PM  3707 Penn.

A monthly get-together with people interested in the media. Food, friends, discussion.  Continuing the discussion of a series on the media for 2019.

We discussed have a monthly series of programs themed, “Do You Trust Your Media” which would have a panel discussion, or guest speakers.  Some ideas we kicked around were:

  • Legal Issues in the Media – where we could invite experts like Robin and encourage discussion;
  • Conversion Therapy in the Media – how media uncritically cover fundamentalist “conversion therapy” which attempts through torturous ways to convert homosexuals away from the way they were born;
  • Religion in the Media – how some religions are covered in the more “equally” and accurately than other religions;
  • Media – for Profit, or Not-for profit – difficulty and successes of some independent media and why they are successful or fail;
  • Why do Conservatives and Progressives Hate the Media – panel discussion of people from opposite points of view on the media – could be lively;
  • Honesty in Reporting – Is there really such thing as “objective media” and how do we tell?;
  • Panel of People Who Have Left the Media – forced out or quit like those recently from channel 4 and the Kansas City Star.  And what are their perspectives on the place they left and media in general.
These are just a few ideas on programs for 2019 and we need more topics to fill out the year.  We targeted the first of the series for the 18th of January and discussed looking for a good venue to have these presentations.  Ideas on a location are needed preferably a place that might allow drink, and light food.  More media topics are needed, and we decided to discuss this further at our next social event / pot luck.
Decided to have the next potluck on the 14th of December (next week) at 3707 Penn. 7 PM.

National Viewing Party 10/1

Just got this notice from the event people:


You’ve been selected as one of the 50 winners to receive POV’s special Dark Money party pack! 🎉🎉🎉 You’ll be receiving snacks, a

POV mug, coasters, a pen and a tote plus some vintage POV memorabilia in addition to Dark Money swag. We hope you’re looking forward to munching on some gourmet 🍿🍿🍿 and 🍫🍫🍫 while you and your friends watch the premiere on October 1st. Your swag should arrive within 10 days. Try not to eat up the snacks prior to the broadcast! 😋😋😋

Make the most out of your viewing party with our Dark Money companion materials:

  • Discussion Guide: Includes background information on dark money and campaign finance, as well as discussion prompts, tips for taking action and a resource list.

  • Lesson Plan: In this lesson plan for educators, students will examine a case study about how corporate donations to American political campaigns influence elections.

  • Reading List: Delve deeper into the issue of campaign finance with this list of fiction and non-fiction books for adults and younger readers.

Help spread the word to your community so they may join in the conversation as well with the Dark Money National Viewing Party Social Media Toolkit. This toolkit contains sample posts for Facebook and Twitter, plus photos.

Be sure to use the hashtag #DarkMoneyFilmPBS, so we can see your post and don’t forget to take a photo with your new swag and tag us using @POVdocs.

We look forward to hearing your voice on October 1st!

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The shirt says that media are the enemy of the venal (who seem to be in charge these days).   Defined as:  Capable of being bought or obtained for money or other valuable consideration :purchasableespecially open to corrupt influence and especially bribery mercenary   Example:  A venal poltician.