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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

Opening Bell: Are So/Are Not

…in a recession; yes, and there’s worse to come; in the vomitorium; on the bright side etc.

A lot of people express frustration with “are-we or aren’t-we” economic stories, like the one this morning by The New... More

Opening Bell: One Miillioon Doollllars

Do auction-rate probes rate? Disney’s surprise; blaming mom, etc.

I wonder sometimes about our priorities over here in the business space. Authorities and their chroniclers in the business press... More

Opening Bell: Gloom, Doom

Euro consumers pessimistic; profits to fall further; trade talks collapse. Hmm.

Business is cyclical and so is business news, but even so it’s amazing how universally bad the news is across... More

Opening Bell: Marked to Market

The WSJ shines on Merrill’s stunner; British-Spanish air merger; disconnected from Alcatel, etc.

Twenty-two cents. We now know the price of those collateralized debt obligations backed by loans foisted by Ameriquest and other... More

The Editor and the Architect

Time featured an editor’s husband, but didn’t tell readers

A splashy new show at the Museum of Modern Art puts a spotlight on a three-year-old story in Time and... More

Opening Bell: Summer Break

A disaster-free Monday; KKR goes public; hope for newspapers

A nice slow start to the week, financial disaster-wise, as no big investment bank announced a major writedown, no bad... More

The Journal’s Many Anonymice

And why Jack Shafer needs a better mousetrap

Our crony in criticism, Slate’s Jack Shafer, stumbles this morning in an otherwise interesting discussion about which major media outlets... More

The Answer Man?

Good luck, Marcus. You’ll need it.

Now that The Washington Post has chosen Marcus Brauchli over Phil Bennett to be its new executive editor, I hope... More

Fact Fight!

Insurers make “error” allegations vs. Bloomberg News—nick Deadline Club

We can have facts without thinking but we cannot have thinking without facts. -- John Dewey A big Bloomberg News... More

Brauchli’s Baggage

What he would carry to The Washington Post

The day will come when the next executive editor of The Washington Post will have to choose between the easy... More

The WSJ Edit Page and the Mortgage Industry

Does it really expect us to forget what it wrote?

Being a Wall Street Journal editorial writer means never having to say you’re sorry. Those literary lions of Liberty Street... More

Don’t Panic

A media consultant on the future of newspapers

From time to time, The Audit will interview thought leaders about both financial journalism and the finances of journalism. John... More

Reporters fail to capture implications of pension provision - A ‘big shift’ tucked into the spending bill goes under-examined

The New Republic: A public trust or a business? - How Chris Hughes turned a 100-year-old publication into a “product”

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

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

The problem with sharing uncredited photos - “Just because you put something on the internet does not give people the right to steal it”


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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