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Portfolio’s Trivial Pursuit

Instead of investigating Goldman, it mocks the idea

I am still not understanding a certain strain of business-press culture that seems inclined to run interference for investment banks... More

Vindication for the Journal

With the dispatching of Sir Win Bischoff from the chairmanship of Citigroup, following the dismantling of its financial supermarket model... More

Unsettling News From Liberty Street

The WSJ reports: The Wall Street Journal has received more than a dozen envelopes containing an unknown white powder, and... More

Fortune’s Forgiving Instincts

The magazine chooses not to see

A Fortune piece this week shows how editorial tastes can differ, to say the least. When it chooses to explore... More

“What Is Financial Journalism For?”

A timely academic study asks the right questions

"The current crisis in global banking, markets and economies has reminded us all of the importance of financial and business... More

Finally, Somebody Says It

Economist, author and Audit pal Jeff Madrick has a piece on the Daily Beast that I've been hoping someone would... More

A Bit of Data to Back Our Thesis

Survey says: Maybe The Audit isn't the only one to wonder whether the business press has some thinking to do... More

Bloomberg Tears the TARP

Bloomberg News continues to show the way on Treasury Department coverage this morning with a hard-hitting piece that shows what... More

Deep Journal Resources On Display in India

The upside of the WSJ’s evolving journalism model is on display in a well-executed account this morning of the scandal... More

Eisinger On Regulators

We were big fans of Portfolio’s Jesse Eisinger even before our Audit interview with him last month (a must-read for... More

Too Easy on TARP

A word about a story in yesterday’s WSJ, which calculates that the Treasury Department has earned $8 billion, or 4... More

In the Crisis, the Journal Falls Short

The newspaper is missing the moment

"...The last great newsman. He may be the greatest newspaper man of all time"—Michael Wolff, author of The Man Who... More

Bloomberg Rakes Muck

Another stellar entry pops out of the box

Bloomberg continues to turn in business journalism at its muckraking best, now with this superb/nauseating story of the hosing of... More

Access Uber Alles

NYT story on Krawcheck shows perils of business-press sourcing

If business journalism can be said to have structural problems—and I think it does—the biggest one, in my view, its... More

Fox Business Is Next to File a FOIA

News Corp.’s biz news channel unit says without disclosure it will sue in 20 days

Fox Business News appears to get the bailout transparency picture. The News Corp. business news cable network, home of beautiful... More

About “Joining” That Bloomberg Suit…

Turns out other news orgs can’t. But wait…

The other day I urged other news organizations to "join" the Bloomberg suit in federal court seeking bailout records under... More

A Letter from Goldman Sachs

The bank takes issue with The Audit; we reply

Recently, I've written posts denouncing the secrecy surrounding the government bailout of American International Group—secrecy that. among other things, has... More

Let’s Go to Court!

A call to news organizations: Join Bloomberg’s suit vs. Fed

There will time later to assess who’s ahead and who’s behind in the coverage of the financial crisis and the... More

Bloomberg Steps Up

Wire service sues Fed for bailout transparency

This story crossed Bloomberg's wire just before noon today: BLOOMBERG NEWS SUES FED TO FORCE DISCLOSURE OF LOAN COLLATERAL There’s... More

Goldman’s Backdoor Bailout

A call for transparency in the taxpayer rescue of Wall Street

Last week, I wrote that the lack of disclosure surrounding the American International Group bailout had put The New York... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


How to be a decent entertainment reporter (Eric Danton)

“Here’s how not to suck at it: Don’t write like an entertainment reporter”

A First Look update (First Look Media)

“[R]ather than immediately launching a large collection of digital ‘magazines’ based on strong, expert journalists with their own followings, as we imagined earlier, we’ll begin by building out the two we’ve started and then explore adding new ones as we learn”

The White House deploys minders to interviews all the time (WaPo)

“Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between reporters and the proverbial ‘senior administration officials’ is conducted in the presence of a press staffer”

The down-and-dirty history of TMZ (BuzzFeed)

“TMZ’s real engine — what defines its mission, what legitimizes it and sets it apart — is a unique and controversial mix of scandal mongering and investigative journalism”

Bloggingheads

Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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