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60 Minutes’s Biovail Trainwreck (cont.)

A news magazine’s corporate “victim” pleads guilty

Last month, we wrote how 60 Minutes and Lesley Stahl had botched a business story by using, of all companies,... More

WSJ’s Committee of the Absurd

Waiting for a complaint that will never come

I see The Wall Street Journal’s Special Committee has given itself a new name, or at least tried to define... More

The Anglo-ization of The Wall Street Journal

A struggle over the editor was about much more than turf

LAKE JACKSON, Texas -- When Lisa Kelly learned she had leukemia in late 2006, her doctor advised her to... More

Little Buttercup

The Bancroft’s opera singer/News Corp. director is “unavailable for comment”

And what of the opera singer? You remember: Natalie Bancroft, the twenty-something aspiring diva who wound up on News Corp.’s... More

WSJ committee Must Prove Its Mettle

It gets benefit of doubt, but now it’s time to fight

At a certain point, tragedy turns into farce, and we are getting awfully close to clown-car territory at The Wall... More

The WSJ’s Little Committee That Failed…

To protect the paper’s editorial independence

So much for the editorial side agreement that was supposed to protect The Wall Street Journal’s editorial independence from News... More

Brauchli’s Exit Is…

The end of the beginning of the end of what made the Journal special

The abrupt resignation of Marcus Brauchli as managing editor of The Wall Street Journal is surprising even to those of... More

Open Letter to Les Moonves

Don’t pay Couric’s successor $15 million; invest in journalists instead

If nothing else, Katie Couric’s earlier-than-expected departure from the CBS Evening News should call into question the superstar anchor system... More

Congress and the Press—Together Again

Oversight helps the business press, too

What a difference Congressional oversight makes—for the business press, if nothing else. The last two weeks, the financial (and front)... More

Audit Mailbag: ‘Stop the Class Warfare’

So says an editor; The Journal’s use of a housing stat sparks a squabble; we are praised, etc.

The Audit sometimes gets interesting mail from readers, and from time to time we’ll be posting some of it in... More

Pulitzers A Triumph For Investigations

Nothing like this on a blog

Army officials say they "started an aggressive campaign to deal with the mice infestation" last October and that the problem... More

Stahled

We don’t mean to pick on Lesley Stahl, in particular, but that Al Gore piece last night on 60 Minutes... More

60 Minutes Blows Biovail Story

SEC sues drug maker Lesley Stahl defended

The Securities and Exchange Commission sued a Canadian drug maker this week—and in the process blew apart the premise of... More

In the Mad Money Swamp

What part of “Bear Stearns is fine” don’t you understand?

"Bear Stearns is fine,"—Jim Cramer, on CNBC’s Mad Money, March 11. The Mad Money swamp beckons. The Audit cannot resist... More

The Other Side of Schadenfreude

Searching for a non-Wall Street perspective on Spitzer’s fall

Who remembers the schadenfreude? It was only a week ago—it feels like another era— that financial news publications rushed to... More

Another Baseless Screed

As will most press-bias rants, Strassel’s piece is hollow

“Many reporters built careers on the prosecutor’s leaks intended to bully innocent people” - Kimberly A. Strassel, Wall Street Journal... More

Red Ink Rising

How the press missed a sea change in the credit-card industry

One of the paradoxes of the business press is that while everyone should read it, since we all live in... More

Eakes!

Forbes’s flawed probe of a prescient consumer advocate

Forbes readers will be forgiven their confusion after reading a recent profile of Martin Eakes, a leading anti-predatory-lending crusader. Headlined... More

Popular? Must Be “Populist”

Why does the press use “populist” to refer to policies that are simply liberal?

Before this gets out of hand, big media needs to stop using the word “populist" to describe Democrats’ economic programs... More

Democrats Attack “Business,” “Trade”

Or so says The Wall Street Journal on page one

Wary Wall Street Journal watchers on the lookout for signs that Rupert Murdoch’s pro-corporate agenda will creep into the Journal’s... 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


The 10 worst New Yorker longreads (Gawker)

“[A]pparently [Adam] Gopnik did not know you could bake fancy breads from France and other cultures. So he got his mom to teach him how to bake them. A fine anecdote, maybe, to tell a friend or a therapist. But in this case he wrote about it for the New Yorker, a magazine.”

Insufferable parenthetical asides, ranked (The Hairpin)

18. (strictly for the mise-en-scene)

You are now entering the demented kingdom of William T. Vollmann (TNR)

“Franzen tells a hilarious story of being a young writer in New York, meeting Vollmann, becoming fast friends, and inaugurating a draft swap. A while later, they exchanged work. Franzen gave Vollmann a dozen chiseled pages. Vollmann gave Franzen an entire novel.”

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