Sunday Meeting: How Right-Wing Media Divided The Country, Created Distrust, and Invented Fake News

Sunday, February 19, 2017 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

with Jen Senko
Dan Hanson presides

Jen will talk first about her father’s personality change after his discovery of Talk Radio, while simultaneously seeing the country change.

Notice: We will also be screening Jen's documentary, "The Brainwashing of My Dad" at 1:30pm.
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Jen had a feeling of trepidation as she saw how right-wing media particularly, was doing damage to our country by getting people to vote against their own interests while creating an ever-increasing divide. Jen dedicated herself to figuring out what was going on and learned this was a carefully constructed plan going back 30 – 40 years. Jen will lay that out, then describe the techniques used by far right media like Fox News and Rush Limbaugh, etc. Finally, Jen will discuss the results of 30 – 40 years of this plan and how it’s resulted in increased racism, Trump, distrust of the government and the media and our fellow human beings. Jen will end with what we can do about it.

Jen Senko is an award-winning documentary filmmaker based in New York City. Her documentaries focus on socio-political themes with the intent of inspiring discussion and fomenting change. Senko’s most recent documentary, The Brainwashing of My Dad tracks the disturbing rise of right-wing media. The film is told through the lens of her father, whose politics and personality were transformed for the worse after he discovered talk radio. This widely acclaimed project has won numerous awards, has screened in festivals and theaters across the U.S, in Canada, and in Ireland and has distribution on VOD and DVD.  Hoping to expose gentrification’s dire consequences in New York City, Jen also co-directed The Vanishing City with Fiore DeRosa. Kathryn Erbe of Law and Order narrated the film. A Pratt graduate, Jen Senko speaks at social-justice organizations about her film and her experience.

Find out more about Jen’s current project at, on Twitter at #BrainwashingDad, Facebook, Instagram and Tumblr.

This week's shared charity: ASPCA