Views of the News

Views of the News

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Each week, KBIA brings you a roundtable discussion about the media. Host Amy Simons and regular panelists Ernest Perry and Mike McKean from the Missouri School of Journalism provide analysis, commentary and criticism.
Covering the Approaching a ‘Climate Catastrophe’
Oct 10 • 28 min
If we don’t make some changes soon, we’re heading for ‘climate catastrophe.” That’s the message from a report from the United Nations this week. The headlines are hyperbolic, the reporting is there, but will it make people care? Also, a look back at the…
The On-going Kavanaugh Confirmation Saga
Oct 3 • 28 min
It’s been almost a week since Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Judge Brett Kavanaugh testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee. We’ll talk about what’s transpired since then, and how the national news media covered it. Also, California passes its own…
Could Thursday Be the Biggest News Day of 2018?
Sep 26 • 28 min
Thursday is shaping up to be the biggest news day of the year. In Washington, Judge Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein meets face-to-face with President…
Kavanaugh, Ford and the Media
Sep 19 • 28 min
CBS fires the head of 60 Minutes for threatening a reporter in a text message, not because he’s been accused of # sexualharassment . Plus, a prominent researcher says news organizations need to do more to avoid being manipulated by extremists, The New…
Why Didn’t NBC Run Farrow’s Weinstein Story?
Sep 5 • 28 min
Why didn’t NBC run Ronan Farrow’s Harvey Weinstein story last summer when it could? Why did the network encourage him to find another outlet for the piece? It seems Farrow, his producer and the network’s chairman have different takes as to why. Who’s…
Remembering Sen. John McCain
Aug 29 • 28 min
The tributes and remembrances of Sen. John McCain continue to flow. His relationship with the media wasn’t always friendly, but it was one of cooperation and mutual respect. We’ll remember him on this week’s program. Also, are the Google News search…
In Contempt of Court?
Aug 22 • 28 min
Why did a Florida judge came down hard on the South Florida Sun Sentinel for publishing information it published about the Parkland school shooter that it obtained legally? Also, President Trump’s reaction and the coverage of breaking news that came in…
The Marketing of Omarosa’s Book, ‘Unhinged’
Aug 15 • 28 min
Who is unhinged? It’s the title of Omarosa Manigault-Newman’s new book and it’s got just about everyone – including the president – talking. We’ll talk about how the hype built up through the week and why it’s not really selling. Also, covering the white…
News Deserts Emerge in Urban Centers
Jul 25 • 28 min
Layoffs at Tronc’s New York Daily News nearly decimated the newspaper’s staff, leaving some to claim the nation’s biggest city a local news desert. How can it be that local news is dying in a city of more than 10 million people? Also, when candidates and…
Reaction to Trump’s European Trip, Putin News Conference
Jul 19 • 28 min
President Trump is home from Helsinki and hearing the reaction to his joint news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin, and backing off some of Monday’s statements. How much did what he saw and heard in the news media influence that? Also,…
Revealing a source to the FBI
Jul 11 • 28 min
A well-known security blogger revealed the name of one her sources to the FBI – unsolicited. It’s something most wouldn’t do without court order, and still, there are reporters who will go to jail to protect their sources. So, why did Marcy Wheeler do it?…
Media Coverage of Bourdain Suicide
Jun 13 • 28 min
President Donald J. Trump ‘s summit with Kim Jong Un was historic, but did it help more than it hurt? Plus, could too much coverage of Anthony Bourdain ‘s suicide lead to copycats? We’ll also discuss IHOP ‘s attention-getting name change and the judicial…
Print Reporters Rake In TV Bucks
May 16 • 28 min
A surprise twist in the Greitens invasion of privacy case earlier this week — did anyone see it coming? Many in the White House are trying to stop all the leaks, and not the plumbing kind. Plus, print reporters cashing in on television appearances, new…
Denver Post Editorial Page Editor Resigns, Others Follow
May 9 • 28 min
The staff of the Denver Post has an unlikely advocate: the city’s mayor. He says the city needs the Post and its staff of dogged reporters, and is helping in its fight against its hedge fund owners. Also, Tronc recognizes the new union at the Chicago…
Time to Rethink the White House Correspondents’ Dinner?
May 2 • 28 min
Maybe it’s time to retire the White House Correspondents’ Dinner? Michelle Wolf’s 15-minute act has many in our profession questioning the mission and purpose of the annual gala, and whether it’s time to put an end to it. Also, Missouri’s attorney general…
Should Sean Hannity Have Told Viewers About His Connection to Michael Cohen
Apr 18 • 28 min
Sean Hannity is a commentator, not a journalist. But that still begs the question, did he owe it to viewers to disclose he’d discussed personal legal matters before it was revealed in open court? Also, coverage of the air strikes in Syria, James Comey’s…
Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg Testifies Before Congress
Apr 11 • 28 min
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg appeared before Congress to answer questions about users’ privacy on the social media platform. At least one senator inquired as to why users don’t seem clear on how their data is collected and used. Could it lead to…
Who Is To Blame: Cambridge Analytica or Facebook?
Mar 21 • 28 min
Who’s really at fault? Cambridge Analytica, Facebook, or the millions of users around the globe who relied on a social platform to keep their data safe and protected? As Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is called before lawmakers in the U.S. and the U.K. to…
National Geographic Reckons With Racist Past
Mar 14 • 28 min
After more than 130 years of some of the most stunning photojournalism ever published, the editors of National Geographic acknowledged that for decades, much of that has been racist in its coverage of people of color. What spurred this confession and what…
Representation at the Academy Awards
Mar 7 • 28 min
It was the first Academy Awards of the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements. How did Hollywood respond and what does this year’s best picture, The Shape of Water tell us about representation of disability in the arts? Also, Sam Nunberg’s manic Monday media…