November 2018 Meeting Minutes

November 13, 2018
Approx. 35 in attendance
Meeting opened at 7:30 pm

1. President Report – Sue Geckle

Congratulations to all of our candidates, all of them who ran!
Congratulations to Rich Gibson, Sean Ford on Courtney’s victory.
Recognize Natalie Ziegler and Steve Bolen for coming so close in 9A
Congratulations to Katie Hester (who agrees with Sue)
Thanks to China Williams (Cindy is here)
Congratulations to Liz Walsh in CC1

Introduction of new members, Harvey & Nan

Minutes approved for September and October meetings

First Tuesday of January falls on the 1st, so the club will meet on January 8th

December 1st, holiday party, Ridgely Run Community Center 2-4pm
We need volunteers to help with setup
Email Lisa Coster or Sue Geckle if you want to help out  (see the newsletter for contact information)

Marylanders to Prevent Gun Violence – to honor the 6th anniversary of Sandy Hook
Owen Brown Interfaith Center, December 14th, 6:30 – 8pm

December 3rd swearing in ceremony, location tbd – County Ex, Council, Sheriff

January 7th swearing in ceremony for Rich Gibson, location tbd

Thank you to everyone who volunteered on the campaigns – knocking on doors, filling out postcards, making phone calls, hosting house parties

2. Treasurer’s Report

Balance as of 10/2/18 $4035.59
Dues collected  $15.00
Expenses  $0.00
Balance as of 11/13/18  $4050.59

Rich still has shirts from the last meeting as well as a few hats – good stocking stuffers for your Republican friends.  See Rich after the meeting.  $5 for hats, $5 for t-shirts, all proceeds go to the club.

Brian Coster asked about the amount we donated to candidates.  Rich said as long as we don’t go over the limit, we can continue to donate.

3. Program

Dr. Kris Juffer

ECWHDC member and active Democrat, Dr. Kris Juffer has worked in the media and communications fields in both private business and governmental organizations, including the Department of Defense, the US State Department, NASA, the National Science Foundation, NIH, and HHS as well as in non-partisan think tanks.

Kris was the first woman to serve as the Director of Research at Arbitron.  She has also conducted program and audience research for multiple TV Networks, NPR, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and PBS Television, Sesame Street and the Children’s Television Workshop, other state and federal agencies, universities and educational institutions, and major foundations.

Kris worked many years as the Director of Audience Research at the Voice of America Television and Radio Stations during the Cold War in the 1980s and 90s, during which she had ot monitor and analyze daily Voice of America and TV broadcasts to the World. During the Cold War she also had to monitor daily propaganda broadcasts from Cuba, the former Soviet Union and Soviet Block countries – which, as it turned out, provided excellent preparation for tonight’s talk on “News! Is it Real of Fake News?”

Kris received her Doctorate from the University of Iowa, and was a university professor in Illinois before being recruited by the US State Department to come to Washington DC to work on foreign affairs and international communications & media.

Twenty years ago in 1999, Kris started her own research and consulting company, Action Research & Associates, Inc., here in Howard County and has raised her family in Maryland. Kris has recently been asked to speak to various groups and offers a course on “News! Is it Real of Fake?”

When Kris witnessed Trump undermining journalists and government institutions

Needed to share her gift with other people that were getting increasingly disoriented by all of the swirling lies.  Previously worked in an environment, but knew who was lying and who wasn’t.

US Media abided by strict guidelines set up in the 30s.  Then in the late 40s when TV came on board.  Because the guardrails were there she was able to monitor not only our own media but also all the wire services, here and in Europe, in addition to Pravda and others.  Came to find that it’s not a matter of perspective, it’s a matter of lying and how those things were successfully used on citizens.  In addition, also monitored daily the Foreign Broadcasting Information Service.  Got to hear their perspective on a daily basis, doing opposition research is important for understanding who you’re working with and who you’re working against.  Also reviewed cable traffic from all the embassies.

Here we are again, and these are the patterns that people might find useful in determining what’s true and what’s fake.

Are you a Factivist?  Hopefuly when we finish everyone will be.

In today’s political environment there are competing accusations about Fake News.

Kris teaches a 10 hour class on this subject and will let us know when she next plans to teach.