Views of the News: ESPN's exposé on Menu Courey tragedy

Jan 28, 2014

Credit Courtesy of Mike Menu

According to an ESPN investigation, in February 2010, former MU swimmer Sasha Menu Courey went home with a former football player after a night of drinking and had consensual sex. Months later she told a rape crisis counselor and wrote in a journal that after the man left, another football player entered the room, locked the door and raped her.

Courey made the decision not to report the alleged attack to law enforcement, but continued counseling on campus.

In 2011, Courey killed herself.

Her family said the university knew about the alleged attack and did not properly investigate.

Tom Farrey & Nicole Noren, ESPN: “Mizzou did not pursue alleged assault

Mizzou Athletics: “University response to Outside the Lines regarding story on Sasha Menu Courey

MU News Bureau: “Statement” | "Statement"

MU Athletics: “Additional correspondence with ESPN’s Outside the Lines

Sean Morrison, Columbia Missourian: “Missouri athletics responds to ESPN’s claim of alleged failure to report sexual assault

Sean Morrison, Columbia Missourian: “Sasha Menu Courey’s parents paint picture of betrayal

Joe Walljasper, Columbia Daily Tribune: “Another sexual-assualt scandal should force culture change

Tom Warhover, Columbia Missourian: “DEAR READER: Before athletics or official actions, the ESPN report is about a violent attack on women

David Morrison & Ashley Jost, Columbia Daily Tribune: "UM System president calls for independent review, campus inquiries after Menu Courey report"

Ryan Ferguson’s new friend

Ryan Ferguson is on a media blitz, trying to help Amanda Knox win support in the court of public opinion.  Knox is being tried in absentia for the murder of her former roommate, Meredith Kercher, in Italy.  Ferguson read Knox's memoirs while in prison and since his release, the two have developed a friendship.

CNN: "Wrongly convicted Ferguson takes up Amanda Knox's case"

Scott Stump, NBC: "Ryan Ferguson 'a little scared' as new verdict looms"

Alyssa Newcomb, ABC: “Amanda Knox confides in Ryan Ferguson, who was wrongly convicted of murder

Another arrest for Bieber

Early Thursday morning, teen pop star Justin Bieber found himself under arrest in Florida for drag racing and driving under the influence.

Brian Stelter, CNN: “Andrea Mitchell on Bieber coverage

Ann Oldenburg, USA Today: “Justin Bieber leaves jail, waves to fans

Lisa Lucas, Ethan Sacks & Nancy Dillon, New York Daily News: “Justin Bieber drag race captured on surveillance video as singer refuses to board private jet, remain in Miami after jail release

Matt Pearce, Los Angeles Times: “What would it take for Justin Bieber to get deported?

Kelly Wallace, CNN: “Justin Bieber’s downward spiral: What to tell the kids?

State of the Union

President Barack Obama issued the State of the Union address.  What do our panelists think about how the president's agenda might impact the media?

NY1: "Rep. Grimm threaten NY1 reporter following State of the Union"

Michael Scotto, NY1: "NY1 reporter provides his account of Grimm encounter"

Evan Ratliff, The New Yorker: "Is Michael Grimm man enough to serve"

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Sarah Wheaton, New York Times: "Rep. Michael Grimm threatens NY1 reporter"

Web vs. app debate

Last week CNN announced that mobile page views account for 40 percent of all its web traffic.  ESPN's traffic tipped over the 50 percent mark last year.  What does this mean for the future of mobile web? App development?

Sam Kirkland, Poynter: “As CNN mobile traffic hits 40%, editor calls web vs. apps debate ‘red herring’"

CNN News Release: “2013: CNN Digital posts best year ever; dominates mobile

Simon Khalaf, Flurry: “Mobile use grows 115% in 2013, propelled by messaging apps

Primetime for advertising

Sunday is advertising's biggest night... or is it?

FOX is charging $4 million for the premium commercial slots during Sunday's Super Bowl telecast.  And, there are no shortage of advertisers lining up for those spots.  But, there are some differences in strategy this year.

Stuart Elliott, New York Times: “Super Bowl ads to help start busy season

Mae Anderson, ABC News: “M&M’s teaser ad part of Super Bowl trend

AdAge: “Super Bowl Ad Chart: Who’s buying what in Super Bowl 2014