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.
Times Story Revisits Aftermath of 2015 Mizzou Protests
Jul 13 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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…
View of the News: Fox News Retracts Seth Rich Story
May 24 • 28 min
Fox News announced it is retracting its story on Seth Rich. The DNC staffer was murdered in Washington D.C. last summer. The cable network has been reporting for more than a week that his slaying came 12 days after contacting Wikileaks. Now, it says that…
Did Trump Give Russians Classified Information?
May 17 • 28 min
The Washington Post reports that President Donald Trump shared classified intelligence with a Russian envoy during a meeting in the Oval Office last week. The Trump administration denies the report – while the president is tweeted to the contrary. Where’s…
New Leadership at Fox News
May 3 • 28 min
Fox News Channel is under new leadership. But, will Suzanne Scott bring true cultural change to an organization rife with claims of gender and racial bias? Also, President Trumps first 100 days, New York Times and climate science and Heineken’s new viral…
Bill O’Reilly Fired From Fox News
Apr 19 • 28 min
Fox News ousts Bill O’Reilly amid sexual harassment allegations. Video posted of a brutal murder in Cleveland forces Facebook to address the question again: is it a media company? What obligation does it have to monitor for criminal or violent content?…
United Airlines’ Public Relations Failure
Apr 13 • 7 min
Video of Dr. David Dao being dragged from a United Airlines flight by security officials has been circulating on social media since April 9. A United spokesperson explained the situation shortly afterword, saying that the flight was overbooked and the…
Media Responds to U.S. Air Strikes Against Syria
Apr 13 • 7 min
President Donald Trump approved missile strikes against a Syrian air base following a sarin gas attack on April 4 that killed more than 70 people. Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad maintains that the government was not responsible for the attack, but the…
United Airlines Mismanaged the Message
Apr 12 • 28 min
Just when United Airlines couldn’t afford any more bad press, a customer is forcibly removed after refusing to deplane – and it’s caught on camera. Can the airline rebound and reclaim its reputation? Also, did Pepsi do enough in pulling that ad featuring…
Ethics Questions Arise After Firing of Public Radio Reporter
Apr 9 • 16 min
A reporter for University of Tennessee-Chattanooga’s public radio station, WUTC-FM, was fired after the university said she violated ethics standards. At a meeting addressing Tennessee’s transgender bathroom bill, lawmakers said they had no way of knowing…
Turkeys fly to the top of the newscast
Apr 7 • 4 min
WLS-TV, in Chicago, led its 10 p.m. newscast with a story about flying wild turkeys. The two-minute segment covered a collision between a car and a flying turkey in rural Indiana, about 70 miles from the city, and the fluffy piece stirred some…
Fox News & The O’Reilly ‘Factor’
Apr 5 • 28 min
Advertisers are walking away from Bill O’Reilly and Fox News following a New York Times report indicated more than $13 million had been paid out to those accusing him of sexual harassment. One year after Roger Ailes left the cable network following…
YouTube Filters LGBTQ+ Material
Mar 26 • 2 min
For years, YouTube’s “restricted mode” has been an option for schools and parents who want to limit children’s access to sensitive content, but the site had to issue an apology after users discovered that some LGBTQ-related content was blocked under this…
Tillerson’s Reluctance To Travel With Press
Mar 24 • 4 min
United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson did not let pool reporters into some meetings during his trip to the Demilitarized Zone in Korea, deciding to only take a Fox News reporter instead. Tillerson reportedly has little interaction with media, and…
How Budget Cuts Could Affect Local Public Media Stations
Mar 22 • 28 min
President Trump’s budget proposal calls for the elimination of four independent cultural agencies, including the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Everyone has been talking about what that means for NPR and PBS, but what about the stations you rely on…
Missing Richard Simmons?
Mar 15 • 28 min
Are you Missing Richard Simmons ? The new podcast from filmmaker Dan Taberski is drawing national attention unseen since the launch of Serial more than two years ago. What’s the draw? Also, President Trump’s tax returns, new surveillance video of Michael…
BBC Alerts Facebook to Child Pornography; Facebook Calls Police On BBC
Mar 8 • 28 min
The BBC contacted Facebook about flaws in how the social network flags and filters child pornography, and Facebook called the cops on the BBC. Why? Also, how President Trump came to believe former President Obama tapped his phones, WikiLeaks latest data…
Keeping Reporters Out of Press Briefings
Mar 1 • 28 min
Should all credentialed press be admitted to a White House briefing? White House Press Secretary excluded reporters from several major national news organizations last week. Why did he do it? And, what’s the industry’s response? Also, the president’s…