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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

Goldman’s Risk: Somewhere Between Zero and $20 Billion

Contradictory NYT, Bloomberg stories show need for bailout transparency

Coverage of Goldman Sachs has perplexed me throughout the crisis. I’d still like to know, for instance, which subprime lenders... More

Lupica Waves at One

Better work on stadium financing, please

Sports columnists aren’t required to read balance sheets or anything, but surely Mike Lupica can do better than this lazy... More

Frankly, Goldman, What About the CDOs?

The Times misses the big question on Goldman

A lengthy New York Times piece on the heavy involvement of Goldman Sachs alumni in the government apparatus in charge... More

Transparency, Regulation and …

Rapoport’s three-step plan for restoring confidence

Most readers don’t get to see newswire copy, which is available only to subscribers at a price we can’t afford.... More

The Coming Credit Card Meltdown

BizWeek on the next crisis for the banks

BusinessWeek takes a useful look at the next big problem in consumer credit. One word: plastic. The piece’s perspective is... More

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

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

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