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Date: February 22, 2005

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Montgomery College to Hold Forum on Presidential Election
Jack Germond and Howard Mortman to Examine “How the Media Got It Wrong”

Journalists Jack Germond and Howard Mortman will examine “How the Media Got It Wrong,” a review of the 2004 presidential election, at Montgomery College on Thursday, March 17, from 7 to 9 p.m.  Sponsored by the College’s Paul Peck Institute for American Culture and Civic Engagement, the forum will take place at Globe Hall, located in the High Technology and Science Center at the Germantown Campus, 20200 Observation Drive, Germantown, Maryland.  The forum is free and open to the public.  

Jack Germond, who began covering politics with the 1960 presidential election, has written for the Baltimore Sun, Gannett newspapers, and the former Washington Star.  He is well known for his past appearances on “The McLaughlin Group,” “Inside Washington,” CNN, and NBC’s “Today.”  Germond is the author of several books, including “Fat Man Fed Up: How American Politics Went Bad” (Random House, 2004). 

Howard Mortman once worked as the editor of National Journal’s daily “Hotline” newsletter.  Previously, he was the executive producer of the MSNBC television show, “Hardball with Chris Matthews.”  In his free time, he works as a stand-up comedian in Washington, D.C.

The forum will be moderated by Montgomery College Professors Lee Annis and Aram Hessami.  Dr. Annis teaches history and Dr. Hessami teaches political science at Montgomery College’s Rockville Campus.     

To request disability-related accommodations or more information, contact Dr. Lee Annis, political science professor, at 301-251-7281.  

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