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  • Dr. Mehmet Oz, the celebrity physician and talk show host, launched his campaign for the U.S. Senate seat in Pennsylvania. Look carefully and his campaign materials might look oddly reminiscent to something you’ve seen before. Also, court documents bring statements from CNN’s Chris Cuomo into question, could the owners of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch find themselves in a hostile takeover and a Missouri man is released from prison after 43 years, thanks in part to the work of some Kansas City journalists.
  • Is it cancel culture or accountability? In the same week Jon Gruden steps down as the Las Vegas Raiders’ head coach, Dave Chappelle’s newest Netflix special is called out for transphobic jokes, and Rolling Stone publishes a profile of Eric Clapton detailing racist rants and support of for anti-vaccine, anti-science groups. Also, the Nobel Peace Prize goes to two journalists fighting for free expression and a Reuters investigation shows AT&T is a major funder of far right-wing One America News Network. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Monique Luisi and Kathy Kiely: Views of the News.
  • Former city sustainability manager Barbara Buffaloe is the first Columbia resident to announce a run for mayor.
  • A former Facebook employee leaked documents she says proves the company hid research showing teenagers felt worse after using its products and that it intentionally set algorithms to hook users by prioritizing hateful content. Will her testimony before a Senate committee spark regulation? Also, Ozy Media’s “Lazarus moment” and Pat Robertson’s retirement from ‘The 700 Club’ and Christian Broadcasting Network. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Kathy Kiely: Views of the News.
  • More than 20 years after the first stories about R. Kelly’s sexual activities with teenage girls, a federal jury in New York convicted him of sex trafficking and racketeering. This week on Views of the News, a look back on two decades of investigative reporting in that case. Also, the harm created by the over-coverage of missing white women, and when live t.v. doesn’t go as planned. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Ron Kelley: Views of the News.
  • This commentary is about wishful thinking. The phrase translates interestingly. In German it’s wunschdenken. In Italian it’s pensiero speranzoso.
  • Rep. Chuck Bayse has called for the resignation of the Columbia Public Schools Superintendent Brian Yearwood over an assignment given to history students at Hickman High School. Is academic freedom at stake? Should this political power play rise to the level of front page news? Also, why young people are more skeptical of the news media and what producers of the HBO documentary ‘The Jinx’ have to say about the guilty verdict returned against Robert Durst. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Kathy Kiely: Views of the News.
  • August 13 has come and gone and Donald Trump remains at Mar-a-Lago, or wherever not in D.C. he is now. Article Eight of the Constitution, the Reinstatement Article, was not invoked. Wait – there is no Article Eight.
  • Fox News host Tucker Carlson admitted to a podcaster he sometimes lies to audiences, but not the way others do. What’s the basis for his argument that it’s not really deceptive? Also, the impact of the 9/11 terror attack coverage on today’s television and online news, the sale of TMZ, and how remote work is leading to more diverse newsroom staffs. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Kathy Kiely: Views of the News.
  • Covering Hurricane Ida: who did it well, who made some missteps, and how reporters – again – became the story. Also, Lester Holt’s exclusive interview with Capitol Police Lt. Michael Byrd, why the Kansas City Star is suing Overland Park, Kan., and remembering Ed Asner From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Kathy Kiely: Views of the News.
  • The FDA has approved the Pfizer vaccine use for people over the age of 16, without the emergency use authorization. How will this affect the vaccine rates among the vaccine hesitant, and how might it affect vaccine requirements in the public and private sectors? And, why are some outlets pushing alternative treatments not approved for human use at all? Also, an update on evacuating journalists from Afghanistan, changes to the Sunday editions of the Kansas City Star and journalism’s role in finding the next host of Jeopardy! From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Kathy Kiely: Views of the News.