Category «Media»

Trump says he IS the law

Opinion During Watergate, President Richard M. Nixon claimed he didn’t have to turn over the White House tapes  because the constitutional separation of powers “precludes judicial review of a President’s claim of privilege.”  In other words, Nixon claimed the court couldn’t even consider whether he had to turn over the tapes. The Supreme Court disagreed.  …

Greitens runs for cover, still dodging questions

NEWS ANALYSIS When Eric Greitens announced his plans to resign as governor of Missouri, he wore his familiar executive uniform–open necked shirt, blazer and jeans–a wardrobe that was supposed to reflect an approachable administration. But Greitens, a Republican, was anything but open and available, at least as far as the news media were concerned. In …

The fantastic fictions of an unfit president

Opinion Donald Trump is unfit for the office of president because he threatens core American values, ignores hard-won lessons of history and assaults the constitutional role the press and truth-telling play in our democracy. He delegitimizes the press by calling it fake and the “enemy of the people.”  He invents an alternative reality – Spygate …

No show Greitens tries committee’s patience; it sends him a subpoena

News Analysis JEFFERSON CITY — The special Missouri House committee considering whether Gov. Eric Greitens should be impeached proceeds at times like a court of law and sometimes like a political floor debate complete with shouting matches. But the 10-member panel has yet to hear anything from a star witness, the man who is the …

Post-mortem of a scandal: Illicit sex, cash payments, dark money and a resignation

Opinion Hardly anyone looks good in the story of Eric Greitens’ scandals of illicit sex and shady campaign practices: not Greitens, not some members of the press, not the prosecution, not the million dollar defense team, not the criminal justice system.  The scandal is a car wreck of journalistic, legal and civic ethics. No wonder …

PRESS CORPS OUSTS MISSOURI TIMES PUBLISHER SCOTT FAUGHN

News analysis JEFFERSON CITY — By his own admission, Missouri Times publisher Scott Faughn is not a journalist. So it should come as no surprise to him, or anyone else for that matter, that he was finally ousted this week as a member of the state capital press corps. On a 7-0 vote, the print …

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 …

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