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.
Uranus Examiner’s Demise Is No Joke
Dec 12 • 28 min
Punny, yes. Funny? No. The closing of the Uranus Examiner presents a serious problem for the residents of Pulaski County now that its lost its only locally-produced newspaper. Also, hyperlocal coverage of Prof. George Smith’s Nobel Prize , TIME Magazine’s…
Covering the California Wildfires
Nov 28 • 28 min
Turn on cable news. What do you see… right now? Chances are it’s not coverage of the record-setting wildfires burning entire cities in California to the ground. Hundreds have died and thousands are homeless, it’s not getting the level of media coverage…
CNN Sues Trump, Aides
Nov 14 • 28 min
CNN has filed a federal lawsuit against President Donald J Trump and several aides, fighting to have White House Correspondent Jim Acosta’s press credential reinstated. How have other reporters fared in the past, suing the president for access? Also,…
Election Day 2018
Nov 8 • 28 min
The Views of the News team returns. Join Amy Simons, Mike McKean and Earnest Perry for a complete look at the coverage of this week’s vital midterm election, from a local, state and national level.
The Search For Truth About Jamal Khashoggi
Oct 17 • 28 min
Details are slowly starting to emerge about what might have happened to journalist Jamal Khashoggi جمال خاشقجي inside the Saudi embassy in Istanbul. How aggressively is the # Trump administration really pressing for answers? And, how are news…
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…