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March 4, 2005
Contact: Ann Fahrbach Branden, Continuing Education, (785) 864-7889.

Fact Check's Brooks Jackson to critique political ads at KU media law seminar

LAWRENCE -- Brooks Jackson, director of Annenberg Political Fact Check, will analyze the truthfulness of political advertising April 8 during the University of Kansas' 18th annual Media and the Law Seminar in Kansas City, Mo.

Jackson will show sample 2004 campaign TV ad claims during a luncheon presentation on "Political Accountability and Getting the Facts Right."

The Fact Check organization drew unexpected public attention last fall during the vice presidential debate when Vice President Dick Cheney made a mistaken reference to's Web address and incorrectly implied it had rebutted allegations about Cheney's actions as chief executive officer of Halliburton.

Along with inaccuracies in the media, the seminar will focus on such topics as the Kobe Bryant case, Janet Jackson's "wardrobe malfunction" and even jokes that bomb in front of a judge.

Co-sponsored by the KU School of Law and KU Continuing Education, the seminar will be at the Fairmont Kansas City at the Plaza, 401 Ward Parkway in Kansas City, Mo. The seminar, titled "Popular Culture and Media Law," will gather experts to examine how movements in popular culture manifest themselves in media law and, conversely, how the media influence the nation's cultural wars.

In making his luncheon presentation, Jackson will bring the perspective of an experienced journalist. Before joining Fact Check, a nonpartisan, nonprofit, "consumer advocate" for voters, at the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania, Jackson covered Washington and national politics for 34 years. He worked for the Associated Press, the Wall Street Journal and CNN. He originated the "adwatch" and "factcheck" forms of story to counter false and misleading political statements. Publisher and philanthropist Walter Annenberg established Annenberg Political Fact Check in 1994 to address public policy issues at all levels of government.

The seminar's panel discussions will cover the challenges of celebrity trials; the Federal Communications Commission's crackdown on indecency; parody, satire and humor in the context of defamation and intellectual property rights; risk management; and whether traditional media and freedoms are in danger.

The seminar regularly draws up to 300 members of the legal and journalism professions from throughout the county.

Continuing legal education will be available for Kansas and Missouri lawyers. This year, five panel discussions also will be followed by a 10-minute session on ethics related to the panel's topic. The Missouri CLE Commission has approved seven hours of continuing legal education credits. The Kansas Continuing Legal Education Commission has approved a maximum of seven credit hours, including one hour of ethics.

The seminar is sponsored by the KU School of Law, the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association Media Law Committee, the American Bar Association TTIPS Media Law Committee and KU Continuing Education. Contributors are Media/Professional Insurance, the Kansas City Star and First Media Insurance Specialists Inc.

For complete details and registration:

Mail: University of Kansas Continuing Education Registrations, 1515 St. Andrews Drive, Lawrence, KS 66047-1625
Phone: Toll free (877) 404-5823 or (785) 864-5823
Fax: (785) 864-4871
TDD: (800) 766-3777


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