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Views of the News Preview: Trump, Coronavirus and the Truth

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It’s an October surprise! Views of the News is back on KBIA after a six-month hiatus. Join Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Kathy Kiely for our weekly media roundtable. This week, they’ll discuss the coverage of President Donald Trump’s COVID-19 diagnosis, from the overnight announcement via Twitter to his return to the White House and the challenge for journalists finding themselves exposed to the virus. Also, how COVID-19 is affecting how we entertain ourselves on the big screen and at home.


Margaret Sullivan, Washington Post: “Journalists, beware: This White House can’t be trusted to be truthful about Trump’s health

Sarah Ellison, Washington Post: “How the everyday chaos of reporting on the Trump White House played out for the world to see Saturday

Jon Allsop, Columbia Journalism Review: “The White House wages war on transparency: Trump’s health edition

Jeremy Baar, Washington Post: “The president is sick. Why is TV news booking pro-Trump pundits and campaigners to talk about it?

Olivia Nuzzi & Ben Jacobs, Intelligencer: “The White House is spreading virus and lies

Jonathan Swan, Axios: “Covering a cover-up in real time

Ed Mazza, Huff Post: “Chris Cuomo loses it over Trump’s ‘bulls**t’ coronavirus ‘propaganda’ video

Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker: “Maggie Haberman on the fallout from Trump’s hospitalization

Seung Min Kim, Josh Dawsey & Colby Itkowitz, Washington Post: “White House gives confusing and incomplete answers about Trump’s health as president says he is ‘feeling well’

Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic: “Trump tweeted his COVID test news. But you need to red beyond Twitter for the whole story

Jessica McDonald & Lori Robertson, FactCheck.org: “Q&A on Trump’s COVID-19 diagnosis

Jospeh A. Wulfsohn, Fox News: “Media outlets suggest White House ‘can’t be trusted’ to be truthful about Trump’s health

Paul Farhi & Elahe Izadi, Washington Post: “After Trump’s positive test, conservative media goes after liberal critics – real and imagined

Helen Branswell, STAT: “For many of Washington’s most powerful, Covid-19 public health guidance does not apply

Bringing Focus to Trump Covid Coverage

Bill Gueskin, Columbia Journalism Review: “Trump, reckless and behind the wheel

Brett Samuels, The Hill: “White House Correspondents’ Association: ‘Outrageous’ for Trump to leave hospital without informing pool

Ben Smith, New York Times: “How to cover a sick old man

Daniel Funke, Noah Y. Kim, Ciara O’Rourke & Miriam Valverde, Poynter: “Fact-checking misinformation about President Trump’s COVID-19 diagnosis

Bridget Thoreson, Hearken: “Meet this moment: 3 steps to focus your coverage on audience needs after Trump’s positive COVID test

Joy Mayer, Trusting News: “Today’s trust tip: Cover Trump’s coronavirus test calmly, and stick to the facts

COVID spreading to journalists

Joe Pompeo, Vanity Fair: “’People are livid’: White House reporters fume over Team Trump’s ‘reckless’ COVID response

Brian Stelter & Oliver Darcy, CNN: “Journalists who work at the White House are testing positive for COVID-19

Paul Farhi, Washington Post: “Three White House journalists test positive for coronavirus after closely covering Trump

Peter Nicholas, The Atlantic: “What I saw at the White House

Michael M. Grynbaum, New York Times: “Fox News stars to be tested after attending debate night

Brian Steinberg, Variety: “Fox News stars slated to get coronavirus tests following Trump disclosure

Maria Arias, Axios: “Chris Wallace to Fox News viewers: ‘Wear the damn mask’

Brooke Singman, Sally Persons & Jacqui Heinrich, Fox News: “Cleveland Clinic says guests had ‘low risk of exposure’ to coronavirus at Trump-Biden debate

Regal Cinemas to close


Manori Ravindran, Variety: “Cineworld to close all Regal Cinemas, U.K. Venues in response to ‘No Time to Die’ delay

Sean Hollister, The Verge: “Bond was the last straw: Regal and Cineworld will reportedly close all theaters in US an UK next week

Julia Kollewe, The Guardian: “Cineworld to close all UK and US venues putting thousands of jobs at risk

Pamela McClintock, The Hollywood Reporter: “AMC Theatres pledges to stay open, touts PVOD pact with Universal

Frank Pallotta, CNN: “Movie theaters are struggling to survive the pandemic. Many won’t

Rebecca Davis, Variety: “China box office hits pre-COVID heights with ‘My People, My Homeland,’ ‘Jiang Ziya: Legend of Deification’

Nellie Andreeva, Deadline: “’Glow’ canceled by Netflix; won’t proceed with fourth & final season due to COVID

‘Cops’ resumes production

Rick Porter, The Hollywood Reporter: “’Cops’ quietly resumes production

Tyler Hersko, IndieWire: “’Cops’ resumes production in Washington, will not air in United States

Rick Porter, The Hollywood Reporter: “Behind the fall of ‘Live PD,’ ‘Cops’ and reality TV police

Who’s behind coverage on mail-in voter fraud?

Yochai Benkler, Casey Tilton, Bruce Etling, et al., Harvard University: “Mail-In voter fraud: Anatomy of a disinformation campaign

Laura Hazard Owen, Nieman Lab: “A new study shows how Trump and the RNC duped traditional media into covering mail-in voter fraud