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.
Questioning the Ethics of Reporting on Gov. Greitens’ Affair
Jan 17 • 28 min
At least one Republican lawmaker is calling for Gov. Eric Greitens to resign following reports of an extramarital affair. Greitens denies details in a KMOV-TV report that he photographed the woman without her consent and used them to blackmail her. The…
The Buzz Builds Around ‘Fire and Fury’
Jan 10 • 28 min
What happens when the president’s attorney’s try to block the publication of a White House tell-all? Sales go through the roof, of course… and buzz on television and radio gets louder and louder, quite literally. Where Wolff’s reporting techniques sound?…
Greitens, Aides Use Secret Messaging App
Dec 13, 2017 • 28 min
Doug Jones defeated Roy Moore in yesterday’s special election for Alabama’s open senate seat. It’s a huge win for Jones… but how big of a win is it for journalists? Also Gov. Greitens’ use of a secret messaging app, former Gawker employees seek to buy…
ABC Suspends Investigative Reporter Brian Ross
Dec 6, 2017 • 28 min
Brian Ross has long been regarded as one of the best investigative reporters in the business, but Friday’s fact error regarding Michael Flynn’s guilty plea created big problems for ABC. The network has suspended him for four weeks. But, to what end? Also,…
Matt Lauer, Garrison Keillor Fired After Allegations of Inappropriate Behavior
Nov 29, 2017 • 28 min
They were once two of America’s most trusted broadcasters. Today Matt Lauer and Garrison Keillor are both out of a job following allegations of sexual misconduct in the workplace. Also, dogged reporting at the Washington Post roots out someone trying to…
Is The Media Stirring The Pot?
Nov 15, 2017 • 28 min
Is the media stirring the pot? Is the coverage of the sex scandals – now rocking entertainment, journalism and politics – potentially destroying innocent lives? In our attempts to listen to and be supportive of accusers are we denying the accused due…
Covering Sexual Harassment Accusations Within Your Own Organization
Nov 8, 2017 • 28 min
Covering the sexual assault and harassment scandals rocking the entertainment world hasn’t been easy for many journalists, but it’s even harder when the accusations fly within your own organization. Also, what prompted a billionaire to shutter the…
O’Reilly, Weinstein and the ‘Sh**ty Media Men’ list
Oct 25, 2017 • 28 min
Did 21 st Century Fox renew Bill O’Reilly’s contract soon after he settled a sexual harassment suit for more than $32 million – six months after founder Roger Ailes’ ouster? A New York Times report says so. Also, CNN puts facts first using an apple, why…
Weinstein’s Woes Mount
Oct 18, 2017 • 28 min
Harvey Weinstein remains in rehab undergoing treatment for a sex addiction while his peers expel him from the Motion Picture Academy and the Producers Guild and his company crumbles financially. Meanwhile, NBC execs deny claims they quashed a reporter’s…
Sexual Harassment Allegations Waged Against Harvey Weinstein
Oct 11, 2017 • 29 min
The fallout from the New York Times’ reporting on harassment allegations against Hollywood movie mogul Harvey Weinstein have meant big changes for the company he co-founded. Why is it taking decades for those stories to become public? Also, ESPN suspends…
The NFL, NBA & the President
Sep 27, 2017 • 28 min
Several National Football League owners took to the field in solidarity with their players following President Trump’s incendiary words toward those who kneeled during the playing of the national anthem. We’ll talk about what happens when sports gets…
A Week on the Fault Line, In Three Parts
Sep 20, 2017 • 28 min
Emmy host Stephen Colbert invites former White House press secretary Sean Spicer to appear on stage at last Sunday’s ceremony. Who wasn’t in on the joke? Was Harvard “behaving stupidly” when it rescinded an invitation to Chelsea Manning to become a…
Is It Time To Bring Reporters In Out Of The Storm?
Sep 13, 2017 • 28 min
Reporters have been wrapping themselves around street signs and lampposts since Dan Rather’s first hurricane live shot during Hurricane Carla in 1961. We tell our audiences to stay inside, is it time to take our own advice? Also, the ethics of undercover…
What’s Behind the Box Office Slump?
Sep 6, 2017 • 28 min
Hollywood usually banks on big summer blockbusters… but this year, Americans said no to the going to the movies. Was it this year’s offerings? Or are our entertainment options changing and making the movie theater a thing of the past? Also, why the EPA…
Hurricane Harvey Hits Texas
Aug 30, 2017 • 28 min
Reporters are stepping up to cover Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath in ways we haven’t seen in more than a decade. This week, a look at some of the personal stories, the changes in technology and what’s still to come in the reporting from south Texas.…
After the Eclipse
Aug 23, 2017 • 28 min
Journalists spent more than a year reporting on Monday’s historic eclipse. It only took three minutes for that event to become a footnote in history. Was the coverage worth it? Who watched it and how will it be remembered? Also, what’s ahead for Steve…
Times Story Revisits Aftermath of 2015 Mizzou Protests
Jul 13, 2017 • 28 min
The New York Times reports on the dramatic decline in enrollment at Mizzou in the wake of student protests. A current student leader cries foul while right-wing media gleefully share the story. Is there enough context? Professors Mike McKean, Earnest…
Was Megyn Kelly’s Segment on Alex Jones Worth the Hype?
Jun 21, 2017 • 28 min
Megyn Kelly’s profile of Infowars’ founder Alex Jones has run – in most U.S. cites. Did it live up to the hype? Also, rumors Sean Spicer is searching for his replacement, Fox News drops its iconic “Fair & Balanced” slogan, and coverage of the Cosby…
Megyn Kelly criticized for Alex Jones Interview
Jun 14, 2017 • 28 min
Megyn Kelly is under attack for an interview with Infowars’ Alex Jones set to air Sunday evening on NBC. Will the interview expose a conspiracy theorist or just give him a platform to spread this beliefs? Also, an Oregon newspaper’s decision to report on…
NSA Contractor Reality Winner Arrested On Suspicion Of Leaking Documents
Jun 7, 2017 • 28 min
Is she the next Edward Snowden? We’ll talk about the arrest of Reality Leigh Winner on charges of leaking top-secret documents detailing a 2016 Russian cyberattack on election software. Also, the call for Bill Maher’s ouster from HBO, how President…