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Spitzer’s Ghost

The public record on lending hangs over the business press

In 2002, Georgia passed an anti-predatory lending law that had all the usual provisions—it forbade deceptive practices in the disclosure... More

What She Said

A recommended WSJ op-ed

A WSJ opinion piece today, “A Capitalist Manifesto,” strikes me as well-worth reading. True, the author, Judy Shelton, sets up... More

Un-Intel @ NY Magazine

Any editors out there?

I thank New York Magazine and its Daily Intel blog for making me momentarily famous in the areas between Popover’s... More

Ouryay Eatbay Just Ewblay Upyay

Ten fundamentals for the business press now

As a service to the business-news trade, The Audit would like to offer a few observations about the current financial... More

Debating a Catastrophe

Connecting the political and financial plot lines

For months, the business pages and political pages felt so different in tone, content and intensity that reading them was... More

“Ailing” vs. “Embattled”

With its hand out to the government, Goldman gets a journalistic handout from the Times

A front-page headline on Wednesday with an article about Warren E. Buffett’s plan to invest $5 billion in the Wall... More

Roundup: A Two-Sided Scandal

Don’t forget how this started; Times, Journal, others, on pricing the waste; Frank, Will, etc.

One thing forgotten by the business press in the debate over the $700 billion bailout, I think, is that this... More

Audit Roundup: Context, Please

Bloomberg takes a stab; Ritholtz on point; the Times looks for outrage, etc.

If I were a newspaper editor right now I’d be ordering more stories like this Bloomberg piece, which gropes for... More

Audit Roundup: Without Words

How to convey a disgrace; useful ideas from Krugman, Morgenson; WSJ edit page blames community groups, etc.

The business press has done its usual thorough job of explaining the whos, whats and wherefores of this historic weekend,... More

Audit Roundup: Weil, Eisinger vs. White Noise

Wall Street things you don’t need to bone up on

Readers who joined the business press conversation only recently must getting a headache by now. Wall Street is imploding, and... More

It Really Is That Bad

A Journal headline finally says it

People ask me if the business press has acted responsibly in describing the panic currently consuming global financial institutions and... More

Public Policy Matters After All

Where’s the reporting on the laws that built Wall Street’s house of cards?

I’m wondering if any other newspaper and business-press readers are curious about the degree to which public policy, including laws... More

Boiler Room

The business press is missing the crooked heart of the credit crisis

“Mr. Howard made it clear to the mortgage broker that he could not read or write, but his loan application... More

Yes, but…

Reader: The business press, too, is implicated in the current credit calamity

A reader responds to this morning's post of qualified business-press praise: Dear Dean, Some comments. First, now that the horse... More

The Language of Calamity

The business press finds its voice in covering Wall Street’s implosion

Even casual business press readers by now know that what is happening on Wall Street is new, unusual, historic, unfamiliar,... More

Roanoke Chronicles (cont.)

Plain English needed at the Times

Is it any wonder that newspapers are going the way of the Interstate Commerce Commission? Michael Stowe, managing editor of... More

Meanwhile, in Michigan

Voter disenfranchisement gets creative

Original reporting is a beautiful thing, and so all journophiles should take heart at the local online “papers” springing up... More

Something’s Rotten in Roanoke

Times is silent on reassignment of reporter after local hospital pulls its ads

The Roanoke Times is strangely silent about whether it reassigned a reporter at the behest of a big local business.... More

Wall Street Sank Freddie and Fannie

Coverage of the bailout could use a dose of recent history

My only quibble with the gusher of stories this morning on the government’s takeover on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac... More

“I Got Screwed Up”

BusinessWeek’s Gene Marcial says his sources have no conflicts—but they often do

Gene Marcial, the longtime writer of BusinessWeek’s “Inside Wall Street” column, is a business-press institution. For more than two decades,... More

16 women whose digital startups deserve Vox-level plaudits - A look at the media entrepreneurs who aren’t grabbing headlines

Why was ‘Dasani’ shut out of the Pulitzers? - 5 problems with The New York Times’ ambitious, influential series on the life of one homeless Brooklyn girl

The AP downplays its Obamacare scoop - Repeal on deductible caps marks another step in The Great Cost Shift

The enduring pull of mag covers - Why do magazine cover images still hold so much cultural power in this decline-of-print era?

Michael Wolff’s digital media bloopers - The Newser founder trolls (other) digital-news companies


The truth about Google X

A look behind the secretive lab’s closed doors

How to shop online

Sister-websites Wirecutter and Sweethome will give you just one recommendation per product, for everything from WiFi routers to nail clippers

The future of Facebook may not say ‘Facebook’

The future of the social network is apps—lots and lots of apps

Bitcoin creator ‘Satoshi Nakamoto’ unmasked-again?

A linguistics analysis suggests that Nick Szabo, a well known name in cryptography circles, is the mysterious father of the digital currency

New Jersey’s good government

Despite the bridge scandal, Chris Christie’s state is relatively transparent and accountable. CJR’s Greg Marx talks to Gordon Witkin

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