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.


Prince Andrew’s BBC Interview
Nov 20 • 28 min
Prince Andrew sat down for an interview with the BBC this weekend, explaining his involvement with Jeffrey Epstein. Why go on the record in this way? Also, the latest from the Trump impeachment hearings, how a collaboration between Mizzou and The…
Covering the Impeachment Hearings
Nov 13 • 28 min
Impeachment hearings will soon be underway in the U.S. House of Representatives. What advice does our panel have for journalists covering it? Also, CBS News fires an employee for leaking video obtained while working at ABC, John Oliver comments on a…
Ragtag Society Cuts Ties With The Crossing
Oct 23 • 28 min
The Ragtag Film Society severed ties with The Crossing, Columbia, MO on Friday over a message delivered in a sermon that was hurtful to many in mid-Missouri’s #transgender community. Also, the author of last year’s anonymous #Trump “resistance” op-ed in…
Violent Video Shows Fake Trump Attacking Media, Critics
Oct 16 • 28 min
Did it take President Donald Trump too long to condemn the violence in a meme-like video shown at one of his Florida resorts this weekend? Twitter says it went too far, and has removed the user from its site, yet YouTube says the video doesn’t violate…
Trump’s Call to Ukraine
Sep 25 • 28 min
The president’s latest attack on the press gets louder, as calls for more details surrounding the call with the Ukrainian president identify. How does his finger pointing erode the public’s trust in news reporting? Also, the official end of the White…
Remembering Cokie Roberts
Sep 18 • 28 min
Journalists around the world are remembering Cokie Roberts for her decades of service to the profession. The legendary reporter and political commentator seen on ABC News, heard on NPR and read in newspapers across the country died Tuesday at the age of…
M.I.T. Media Lab Director Steps Down After Taking Epstein Money
Sep 11 • 28 min
The ripple effects of disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein widen, as the head of the revered head of the MIT Media Lab resigns after accepting a donation from Epstein. What did he know at the time of the gift? Also, new guidelines for newsrooms to protect…
Fed Up With News Outlets, Teens Create Their Own
Sep 4 • 28 min
Teens, tired of how the news media covers stories that matter to them, take matters into their own hands. This week, a look at several teen-run news and information sources and what they’re telling us about the Gen Z audience. Also, the ongoing feud…
Predicting Long-term Impact of the ‘1619 Project’
Aug 21 • 28 min
It’s been 400 years since the first slave ship landed on shores of what would become the United States of America. This week, a look at how The New York Times Magazine commemorated the moment, and the lasting impact it could have on the reframing of…
The Response to Blasting Baltimore
Jul 31 • 28 min
Subscriptions soar following a Baltimore Sun editorial in response to President Trump’s attack on the livability of the city. Are Americans voting with their dollars? Also, a look at the presidential debates, an investigative report halted after a key…
ESPN Doubles Down On Political Talk Policy
Jul 24 • 28 min
ESPN doubles down on its no politics policy after radio host Dan Le Batard shared his disgust with President #Trump’s racist tweets on the air (The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz). Also, GateHouse Media makes a play for Gannett, Robert Mueller appears…
Migrant Children Returned to Texas Center
Jun 26 • 28 min
Migrant children in a Texas border facility have been living in squalor, without access to sanitation supplies such as soap and toothpaste. Reporters’ access to the facility, and others like it, has been limited, making reporting on the conditions…
Trump Dominates News Cycle with Campaign Kickoff, ABC Interview
Jun 19 • 28 min
President Trump goes back to the future for the launch of his re-election campaign. He accuses The New York Times of treason and urges his departing press secretary to run for governor of Arkansas. Plus, a discussion of the media’s over-reliance on polls…
YouTube’s Hate Speech Dilemma
Jun 12 • 28 min
YouTube ’s ban on hate speech produces mixed results as Congress puts Big Tech under the microscope. Newspapers want lawmakers to help them compete with Google and Facebook . Seeing (and hearing) is definitely not believing when it comes to the latest…
Tech giants face anti-trust investigation
Jun 5 • 28 min
Is the internet broken? Members of the U.S. House of Representatives think so, and will begin investigating potential #antitrust violations among some of America’s tech giants. First up? A hearing on the effects companies like Google and Facebook have had…
Game Over For Game of Thrones
May 22 • 28 min
It’s game over for Game of Thrones . How did fans respond to the series finale? And, what might that mean for HBO and the future of its streaming service? Also, police accused of going too far to get a reporter to reveal his sources, a presidential pardon…
Cell Phone Video Emerges of Sandra Bland’s Arrest
May 15 • 28 min
Nearly four years after the traffic stop that led to the arrest, and death, of motorist Sandra Bland, a new cell phone video emerges that tells a story different from the police dash cam video. Why di it take so long to surface? Also, the possibility a…
Reuters Journalists Freed In Myanmar
May 8 • 28 min
Two Reuters journalists jailed in Myanmar for more than 500 days were unexpectedly freed Tuesday in a widespread amnesty. What led to this twist of fate? Also, Facebook bans far-right content producers, Sinclair Broadcast Group buys 21 regional sports…
New York Times Publishes Anti-Semitic Cartoon
May 1 • 28 min
An editorial cartoon containing anti-Semitic tropes appeared in Thursday’s international editions of The New York Times . An internal investigation has led to some changes in newsroom policy, but no clear public explanation as to how it wound up in the…
The Story Behind the ‘Cringeworthy’ Video
Apr 3 • 28 min
It might be the most cringeworthy video to go viral this year. Why did the news staff at WTOL-11 produce a # hypevideo for the Toledo Public Schools? And, how might it compromise the staff’s reporting efforts in the future? Also, Infowars host Alex Jones…