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Mad Money, Bad Blood

Why CNBC threw Barron’s off its air

Last summer, Barron’s published a tough story on Jim Cramer, concluding that the manic and popular star of CNBC’s Mad... More

Oklahoma 1999

Lessons on insurance reporting from a nine-year-old disaster

Before we turn the page on the deadly tornadoes in the south that killed fifty-seven this week, according to the... More

Conspicuous Assumption

The Times recycles discredited myths about personal debt

The New York Times poorly serves readers this morning with a surprisingly ill-informed story about Americans paying cash these days... More

Stretched Ethics

Incoming head of WSJ’s new luxury magazine plugged her own yoga business, quoted a partner in Times of London columns

The new chief of an upcoming Wall Street Journal magazine aimed at the superrich quoted her business partner in a... More

Zell The Manager

This year’s management theory

The back and forth between another newly dismissed Los Angeles Times editor who refused to carry out another round of... More

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

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


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.”

39 pieces of advice for journalists and writers of color (BuzzFeed)

“Make yourself indispensable. Dispel any rumors, however quiet, that you are just there for a ‘quota’”

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