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Rush Limbaugh has died at the age of 70. Join us as we look back at how he transformed the talk radio genre while shaping today’s Republican party. Also, a member of the Biden press team resigns, evaluating the coverage of former the Trump impeachment trial, and ‘Framing Britney Spears.’

House impeachment managers started Tuesday’s impeachment trial against former President Donald Trump showing a graphic video from inside the U.S. Capitol. The television networks showed it, uncut and uncensored, during daytime television. Also, Fox News dumps Lou Dobbs, OAN distances itself from a documentary it aired, and a rundown of our favorite Super Bowl commercials.

The Trump presidency comes to an end. After two impeachments, how will Joe Biden and Kamala Harris move the nation forward, and how will journalists record it for history. Also, a CNN reporter’s emotional reaction following one of her own COVID-19 reports.

This week on Views of the News, a look back – and a look ahead – from the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. Also, a Voice of America reporter is reassigned after questioning Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and Vogue editors defend their February cover, a portrait of Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris some say is too casual.

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A Republican Missouri lawmaker skipped his own inauguration to attend a rally with President Donald Trump and encourage Congress to reject the Electoral College victory President-elect Joe Biden.

State Rep. Justin Hill, of Lake St. Louis, traveled to Washington on Wednesday instead of joining colleagues at the Missouri Capitol in Jefferson City. He said Trump's rally was peaceful and he didn't join other Trump supporters in marching to the U.S. Capitol.

He denounced those who broke into the Capitol as “anarchists” and “agitators."

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A panel of Missouri lawmakers has given approval to a resolution questioning the integrity of the presidential election. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that a House committee on Monday voted 6-3 in favor of the resolution. President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani was among those who testified in favor of the bill on Zoom. Trump and his allies have lost dozens of times in courts across the country and have no evidence of widespread fraud.

Missouri Officially Certifies Election Showing Trump Win

Dec 8, 2020

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri officials have certified this year's election results showing that President Donald Trump easily won the state's 10 electoral votes over Democrat Joseph Biden. The State Board of Canvassers said Tuesday that Trump won 56% of the vote to Biden's 41%, with the remainder going to lesser-known candidates. The board said 70% of the state's registered voters cast a ballot, compared to a 66% turnout for the 2016 election. The board also certified that Republican Gov. Mike Parson easily defeated Democratic challenger Nicole Galloway by a margin of 57% to 40%.

President Donald Trump gave his first interview this weekend, but for journalists, the real story is not what he said, but what interviewer Maria Bartiromo didn’t.

What will we remember from the moments leading up to the election of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice-President elect Kamala Harris? Will it be the raw, emotional reactions of voters in the streets, the commentators offering very personal perspectives… or will it be Steve Kornacki’s khakis? 

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — President Donald Trump’s administration is sending 1.8 million rapid coronavirus tests to Missouri. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in a Monday announcement said the tests can produce results in 15 minutes. About 60% of the tests are slated to be used for K-12 school testing. Another 30% will go to colleges and universities. The rapid tests come as the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases continue to increase across the state.

President Trump (left) is interviewed by Leslie Stahl (right) for '60 Minutes' on CBS News.
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Even after President Donald Trump leaked his interview with ’60 Minutes,’ nearly 17 million people tuned in to hear his exchange with Leslie Stahl. Was it the plan all along to walk out on the interview?

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A man on contract to provide security for a Denver television station shot and killed a man during a demonstration and counterprotest Saturday. Do journalists need armed security while on assignment? And, how is 9News covering the story without incurring a conflict of interest?

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.

Journalists across the United States are finding themselves affected by the spread of the coronavirus. What’s the biggest challenge facing the news media as the epidemic spreads?

Trump Fumbles Tweet Congratulating Chiefs

Feb 3, 2020
President Donald Trump speaks at a 2018 rally at the Columbia Regional Airport.
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President Donald Trump fumbled his congratulatory tweet following the Super Bowl. 

On the heels of the Kansas City Chiefs’ 31-20 Super Bowl victory over the San Francisco 49ers, Trump tweeted his congratulations to the Chiefs.

He added that they “represented the Great State of Kansas and, in fact, the entire USA, so well.”

The Chiefs are based in Kansas City, Missouri, where they play their games.

The president’s tweet was quickly deleted and later replaced with a new message: “We are proud of you and the Great State of Missouri. You are true Champions!”

This week, an in-depth look at the coverage of the airstrikes in Iran: why the punditry is giving some flashbacks to 2003, why we might want to think twice before throwing out words such as “assassination,” and where we’re seeing misinformation and deepfakes slip through. Also, what audiences want from us, and how we can resolve to give them that in 2020. 

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 fires an employee for leaking video obtained while working at ABC, John Oliver comments on a series of lawsuits and an apology from Northwestern University journalism students frustrates many in the profession.

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson says it's premature be discussing the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump before hearings are conducted, calling it "a lot of political hype."

Parson said Friday during the Missouri Press Association Meeting in Kansas City that the training he received while serving in the Army was that the commander in chief is the military's highest-ranking officerHe says that, "to a certain degree, whether you like the president or not, is not as important as the fact that he is the president."

The president’s latest attack on the press get louder, as calls for more detail surrounding the call with the Ukrainian president identify. How does his finger pointing erode the public’s trust in news reporting?

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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 American history.

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?

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A Missouri judge ruled former Gov. Eric Greitens’ use of the disappearing chat app Confide did not violate the state’s Sunshine Law because it functions similarly to a telephone. But does it?

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 difficult.

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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?

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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 paper in the first place. Do we deserve one? 

New York Times Opinion via Twitter: “We apologize…

The screening of ‘The Commons’ during the True/False Film Festival led to a lot of off-screen action as several students featured in the film challenged the filmmakers’ process. Was their work journalism? Or something else?

Families earning $60,000 or less are experiencing the greatest impact from state officials’ confusion over how to calculate income tax withholdings.

Joel Walters, director of the state Department of Revenue, said during Wednesday’s hearing that based on almost 1 million returns that the department has processed, “the average refund is down about $78, and the average tax due is up about $65.”

Returns claiming a tax refund have gone down by around 68,000 compared to the amount last year, Walters said.

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A tip from a “concerned citizen” has created a controversy around the governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, Ralph Northam.

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