Missouri publisher’s ethics questioned again in wake of Greitens’ scandal involvement

Analysis The financial involvement of Missouri Times’ publisher Scott Faughn in the scandal surrounding Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens has again raised questions about Faughn’s journalistic ethics and whether he deserves a place among those covering news in the state capital. Faughn’s name emerged earlier this week, when one of Greitens’ lawyers disclosed that the Republican…

Checking on the facts

Fact-checking may be American journalism’s most influential export. What began in the United States in the early 2000s has now spread to more than 50 counties.  Some 113 independent fact-checkers operate today. While accuracy is a foundational element of modern journalism, the fact-checking movement focuses almost solely on evaluating the veracity of newsworthy claims made…

[Opinion]…and a P.S.

Speaking or printing the word is generally regarded as virtually taboo as the word is considered to be a viciously hostile epithet. So vile, in fact, that one is hard-pressed to think of a time this century that it has appeared in the print media or been uttered in a televised or broadcast news program.…

Winners of GJR awards

Winners of GJR awards. The Gateway Journalism Review presented five awards at last week’s 7th Annual First Amendment Celebration.  From left, Bill McClellan, St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist who received the Lifetime Achievement award; Dawn Chapman and Karen Nickel, co-founders of the Just MomsSTL environmental group, winners of the Whistleblowers award; Thomas Harvey, co-founder of ArchCity Defenders,…

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…