A review of The Post: the specter of the Shark

Steven Spielberg’s latest film, The Post, is a revelation. The new film represents an embrace of liberalism deliberately designed to intervene against the vast rightward shift of American politics since the neo-conservative revolution of the late 1970s, for which the rise of Donald Trump is the apotheosis (or at least one hopes).  That embrace of…

Mission to measure threats to press freedom

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Public information is so hard to come by from the office of Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, that journalists must file written requests under the state’s Open Records law for even the most routine of government facts. Even then, the information is often not forthcoming because of the lack of enforcement of the…

An uncomfortable article to write

Opinion By Jin Lee When the GJR editor asked me to write an article about South Korea, Trump, and North Korea, a strange feeling occupied me, which I could not articulate in words. It was discomfort. In fact, I’ve often felt this way when people ask me, “Is your country safe?” and “Have you ever…

Cable news full of hot air hurricane coverage

By Tony McDaniel This has been one of the worst years for hurricanes in recent history. Ten hurricanes have formed in the Atlantic Ocean, the most since 2005. Texas governor Greg Abbott said his state may need as much as $180 billion in aid to rebuild from Hurricane Harvey. Hurricanes are massive media events, and…

Crown thy good with brotherhood

Opinion By William A. Babcock The more things change, the more they remain the same. That’s particularly true of America’s not-so-beloved song and lyrics the United States has had as its National Anthem since 1931. Francis Scott Key’s poem, “The Star-Spangled Banner,” was set to the tune of “To Anacreon in Heaven” some 200 years ago.  …

Giving a face to cheerleaders’ protest

Opinion By Brian Muñoz My heart still pounds when I think about taking that first photograph, scanning Saluki Stadium during the national anthem and looking for a football player that knelt during the anthem at the first home football game. I shifted my gaze and saw three kneeling cheerleaders. I took a deep breath and knew…

Press stronger, Trump weaker after one year

By William H. Freivogel No president has created more media. No president is such a creation of media. No president has expressed such disdain for mainstream media. No president has so frequently denied facts. No president has lied so frequently. No president has so readily embraced hoaxes and conspiracy theories. No president moved so swiftly…