Media’s false equivalencies about Comey and Trump

opinion One thing the press does badly in its admirable pursuit of balanced coverage is create false equivalencies.  That’s what’s happening when the press says the exchange of accusations between former FBI Director James Comey and President Trump is just another “food fight.” That term – used by Fox’s Chris Wallace and House Speaker Paul…

Daily Egyptian challenges chancellor’s ethics

In the past months the Daily Egyptian, the student newspaper at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, published a series of stories highlighting Chancellor Carlo Montemagno’s dealings at SIU since arriving to the university in July. These stories include his role in hiring family and using university money to move them to Carbondale from Alberta, Canada. The…

Remembering Roy Malone

If you got a tip that state police were fixing tickets for big shots and political figures, how would you check it out? In 1980, I worked on just such a story with Roy Malone, my friend and former colleague at the AP and then the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. I didn’t do much work on…

Are Social Media Accounts Public Records?

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A court case may be needed to determine whether Missouri’s Open Records Law applies to public officials’ social media accounts. Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley wrote a letter in February concluding that the office of Gov. Eric Greitens is not required to turn over records from his Facebook and Twitter accounts.…