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Tale of a Winning Bet Against Predators

WSJ scores with great subprime story

The Audit congratulates The Wall Street Journal for a riveting read this morning on the big winner in the subprime... More

Journalism Makes Them Uncomfortable

A mutant strain of journalism criticism

TheDeal.com the other day wanted to know who leaked the story about Jimmy Cayne being pushed from his job as... More

Unsupported and Untrue

WSJ lacks evidence to support a sweeping, front-page claim against mortgage borrowers

The lead story in a recent Wall Street Journal says that borrower fraud "goes a long way toward explaining why... More

Letting Sleeping Watchdogs Lie

The business press rediscovers regulators

Reading business-press coverage of Henry Paulson over the past few months was disorienting. Something was missing, but you couldn’t put... More

Downie Overdoes It

A mostly reasonable defense of a reporter oversteps a fairness boundary

In an otherwise reasonable and spirited defense of a reporter, The Washington Post’s Leonard Downie Jr. trips by employing ad... More

What He Said

Wise words from the FT’s Martin Wolf

An exceptionally wise column by Martin Wolf in this morning’s Financial Times strikes me as important for even casual business-press... More

Murdoch and that Lying Thing

Will be a problem for the Journal

He said that he admired the Dow Jones chief executive, Richard F. Zannino, and the newly appointed top editor,... More

Incorrect

A bad mistake yields an inadequate correction, and lessons for the Journal

Readers know errors are a fact of newspaper life, and business-press readers are no different. Errors are to be regretted,... More

Stilettos Are The Rage

For WSJ, L’Affaire Judith offers a glimpse of a creepy new home at News Corp.

Any Wall Street Journal reporter, editor—or reader—would do well to read the first 40 pages or so of Judith Regan’s... More

Esquire vs. The Audit on Ground Zero Coverage

Raab, Longobardi trade shots on Silverstein, Rubenstein, the Port Authority and lack of progress

Editor's Note: In a recent two-part edition, The Audit roundly castigated the press for what we believe has been a... More

Zell If He Knows

Connie Bruck’s good piece on Zell doesn’t ask the key question: how to drive TribCo revenue?

Connie Bruck's excellent profile of Sam Zell in this week's New Yorker contains information that even close Zell-watchers did not... More

The Weed Ain’t the Half of It

Devil is in the details of WSJ’s James Cayne story

In case you missed it, The Wall Street Journal’s Kate Kelly last week produced an exceptional page-one story, known in... More

Citigroup Coverage: Too Clever by Half

The business press is too smart for our own good on a CEO’s exit

Um, the business-press is talking to itself again. Coverage of this morning’s forced resignation of Charles Prince, Citigroup’s chairman and... More

A Clean Scoop on Merrill, Etc.

NYT pries out Merrill Lynch chief’s surprising merger parlay; other Friday business thoughts

The New York Times beat the world with a story by Jenny Anderson and Landon Thomas Jr. that says Merrill... More

The Audit Recommends: Nocera on Fox Business, Others

Nocera on Fox Business News; New York Magazine piece on Gawker; WSJ on an Iraq corruption probe, and more.

The New York Times's Joe Nocera is funny and perceptive in his column over the weekend in which he reviews... More

Dow Jones’s False Dawn

DJ’s promising future will benefit not an independent newspaper company, but News Corp. shareholders and Rupert Murdoch.

Dow Jones & Co. reported its third-quarter earnings this morning, and, really, as a shareholder, I couldn't ask for better... More

At or Above-Prime Subprime Primers

With video, charts and well-chosen words, the business press catches readers up on a spiraling crisis

Non-business press readers are probably asking themselves whether they should be worried about the ongoing crises in the housing and... More

An Above-Prime Collaboration

ABC News and NYT combined to help KO substandard subprime lender.

On the subject of business-news coverage of Citigroup and suprime lending, Diana B. Henriques of the New York Times reminds... More

More on Citi and the Business Press

LAT and NYT editors make fair points, provide valuable teaching moment

Editors from major dailies on both coasts wrote to say I blasted with too wide a blunderbuss last week in... More

Tale of Two Citis

It took an obscure magazine to reveal how Sandy Weill built his empire on subprime lending. Why?

A long time ago, before the turn of the century, subprime lending was a marginal business—economically, ethically, every way. The... 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 shirt on your back

How did the clothes you’re wearing get to you? We trace the human cost of the Bangladeshi garment industry in video, words and pictures

Anxious royalist

Fantastic letter in The Times

Coming out as a porn star

How do you tell your family and friends?

The truth about Google X

A look behind the secretive lab’s closed doors

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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