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A Bureau Where They Reported Stories to Death

The hue, cry and gnashing of teeth over News Corp.'s takeover of The Wall Street Journal's parent a couple of... More

Following AIG and Goldman: the Friedman case

Bloomberg and The Wall Street Journal are doing a good job of ignoring the unhelpful business press convention of not... More

WSJ’s Clean Galleon Get

There's nothing quite like a clean scoop of a delicate nature on a major story of global interest. But that's... More

Another Totemic Story in the WSJ

I was sent up there to cover the Hot Rod & Custom Car show by the New York Herald Tribune,... More

WSJ: New Banking Sheriff in Town, Again

The Journal this morning offers a classic beat-sweetener, a profile of a tough new banking regulator appointed to clean up... More

Cornerbacks and WSJ Editorial Writers

Moreover, some of the Senators seem worried that repealing Glass-Steagall might open up markets to terrible and maybe unforeseen risks.... More

Making Honest Choices at Fortune

The granddaddy of business magazines says it's cutting the number of issues per year to 18 from 25, in anticipation... More

McClatchy Advances the Ball on Moody’s

Many people feel the rating agencies haven't gotten enough attention, given their linchpin role in the crisis. I tend to... More

Good Goldman Question From Zero Hedge

Seems reasonable to me: "What Is The Rationale Behind The SEC's Hiring A 29 Year Old Goldmanite As Its COO?"... More

WSJ, Times at Odds on Citi Earnings

I'm sure this is much more a function of the unholy mess that is Citigroup's income statement—many a journalistic braincell... More

Financial Press Perennially Surprised by “Placement Agents”

The financial pages this morning are filled with the disclosure by Calpers that money-management firms seeking business from the big... More

Understanding Citi Losses in its Predatory Roots

Learn more in a 2003 alt media piece than in all business media put together

I see that Citigroup, amid boom times for other mega banks, got slammed again in its third-quarter earnings, primarily because... More

Intellectually Bankrupt, Firms Try to Squash Dissent

Crain's New York's Aaron Elstein has a good story about financially troubled corporations suing research firms that issue negative reports.... More

WaPo on High-Cost Banking

The Post,which has done good work previously on the high cost of poverty, weighs in with a look at efforts... More

Hackers From Minsk

Wired takes an interesting look at computer security breaches at Wal-Mart from a few years ago. It's a good probe,... More

WSJ Looks at More Crawley Things in the Market

At a time of great suspicion of all things Wall Street, stories start to emerge of sneaky tricks that insiders... More

Times Discovers S&L-asaurus Working For Citi

I don't want to let the day pass without a nod to a bit of accountability reporting by Gretchen Morgenson... More

WSJ Misses the Mark on Consumer Credit

It's hard to understand how a major financial news outlet, at this late hour, can discuss the "democratization" of consumer... More

SunHerald’s Lee, Times-Pic’s Mowbray: Still on it

One of the true pleasures of reporting on the insurance industry's response, or non-response, to Hurricane Katrina was meeting, and... More

Seriously Smart Column by the NYT’s Norris

I can't let the day pass without a nod to Floyd Norris's very thoughtful column on the unintended—make that, intended,... More

Why won’t journalists ask Bill Cosby the tough questions? - Sexual assault charges are hardly ever mentioned to the TV star

Knoxville’s alt-weekly wasn’t losing money. It got shut down anyway - Scripps pulls the plug on Metro Pulse in favor of an entertainment supplement for the local daily

Chuck Todd’s Obama book says more about the author than it does about the president - ‘The Stranger’ underscores a broader problem with the way we cover politics

Beware labeling Pope Francis a liberal - Political boxes like liberal/conservative and evolutionist/creationist miss his real significance

The Virginian-Pilot produces a breakthrough investigation amid layoffs - Reporter John Holland discusses how the story came together, newsroom cutbacks, and colleagues who cover for each other


Which media outlets use ‘illegal immigrant’? (Fusion)

“[I]n spite of all the good reasons not to use the phrase, it is still very easy to find in the US press, even in headlines”

Jack Shafer on losing his job (Capital New York)

“Right now, my immediate plan is to go to work as a lay therapist at The Intercept to bring the healing there so John Cook and Matt Taibbi can return. I have great interpersonal skills.”

On outlets that continue to call unknown drone victims ‘militants’ (The Intercept)

“Like the US drone program itself, this deceitful media practice continues unabated”

UNITY’s convention is no more (All Digitocracy)

“The organization’s board of directors decided that UNITY will no longer host the quadrennial conferences for which it had become known”

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