Community Breakfast on Political Honesty

By:  Stephen Shore, March 1, 2016

Event Date:  February 21, 2016

On Sunday, February 21, 2016, the Temple Emanu-El Brotherhood presented another of our Community Breakfasts. Over 150 attendees listened to the panel discussion topic at this breakfast of: 

"Do Truth and Accuracy Still Matter in Politics?"

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Tony Pederson
Professor and The Belo Foundation Endowed Distinguished Chair in Journalism, SMU
Prof. Pederson chairs the Division of Journalism in the Meadows School of the Arts. Before assuming the Belo chair in June of 2003, he was senior vice president and executive editor of the Houston Chronicle. He lectures and speaks frequently on mass media issues, especially relating to converging media. He is a longtime activist in First Amendment issues and international press freedom issues.

Rita Kirk
Professor and Director of the Maguire Center for Ethics & Public Responsibility, SMU
Dr. Kirk is a senior research and teaching professor. A frequent commentator and speaker, she excels as a communication strategist who specializes in the analysis of public arguments and the successful (and ethical) implementation of communication campaigns. Kirk frequently serves as a media commentator and has served as an analyst for CNN during presidential election debates over the past 10 years.

Aaron Timmons
Director of Debate, Greenhill School & Head Coach, USA Debate Team
Mr. Timmons is a lifelong educator and named one of the “top debate coaches of the 20th century” by the National Speech & Debate Association. He is the only coach in history to have multiple national champions in both Lincoln-Douglas and Policy Debate. He has taught and/or directed debate workshops at Harvard, Stanford, Northwestern, and the University of North Texas, among others. Mr. Timmons is a member of the National Speech & Debate Association Hall of Fame.

The discussion showed that, although we still need to improve our political process significantly, it has been both better and worse at times in our past.

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