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The Journal’s Citi Scoop—Don’t Bet Against It

Having learned a lesson, I certainly won’t

The WSJ's David Enrich and colleagues Matthew Futterman and Damian Paletta uncork another valuable scoop from deep inside Citigroup's boardroom... More

Madoff-ed in Ventura County

The Star’s source blames a Madoff-linked firm for a fund-raising fiasco, disappears

Audit Financial Journalism Ethics Quiz: Advanced Placement Final. 1. A newspaper that accurately quotes someone saying something that is almost... More

Ken Lewis in Black and White

I don't know how Ken Lewis the man is holding up under the pressure, but I can tell you his... More

Portfolio’s Trivial Pursuit

Instead of investigating Goldman, it mocks the idea

I am still not understanding a certain strain of business-press culture that seems inclined to run interference for investment banks... More

Vindication for the Journal

With the dispatching of Sir Win Bischoff from the chairmanship of Citigroup, following the dismantling of its financial supermarket model... More

Unsettling News From Liberty Street

The WSJ reports: The Wall Street Journal has received more than a dozen envelopes containing an unknown white powder, and... More

Fortune’s Forgiving Instincts

The magazine chooses not to see

A Fortune piece this week shows how editorial tastes can differ, to say the least. When it chooses to explore... More

“What Is Financial Journalism For?”

A timely academic study asks the right questions

"The current crisis in global banking, markets and economies has reminded us all of the importance of financial and business... More

Finally, Somebody Says It

Economist, author and Audit pal Jeff Madrick has a piece on the Daily Beast that I've been hoping someone would... More

A Bit of Data to Back Our Thesis

Survey says: Maybe The Audit isn't the only one to wonder whether the business press has some thinking to do... More

Bloomberg Tears the TARP

Bloomberg News continues to show the way on Treasury Department coverage this morning with a hard-hitting piece that shows what... More

Deep Journal Resources On Display in India

The upside of the WSJ’s evolving journalism model is on display in a well-executed account this morning of the scandal... More

Eisinger On Regulators

We were big fans of Portfolio’s Jesse Eisinger even before our Audit interview with him last month (a must-read for... More

Too Easy on TARP

A word about a story in yesterday’s WSJ, which calculates that the Treasury Department has earned $8 billion, or 4... More

In the Crisis, the Journal Falls Short

The newspaper is missing the moment

"...The last great newsman. He may be the greatest newspaper man of all time"—Michael Wolff, author of The Man Who... More

Bloomberg Rakes Muck

Another stellar entry pops out of the box

Bloomberg continues to turn in business journalism at its muckraking best, now with this superb/nauseating story of the hosing of... More

Access Uber Alles

NYT story on Krawcheck shows perils of business-press sourcing

If business journalism can be said to have structural problems—and I think it does—the biggest one, in my view, its... More

Fox Business Is Next to File a FOIA

News Corp.’s biz news channel unit says without disclosure it will sue in 20 days

Fox Business News appears to get the bailout transparency picture. The News Corp. business news cable network, home of beautiful... More

About “Joining” That Bloomberg Suit…

Turns out other news orgs can’t. But wait…

The other day I urged other news organizations to "join" the Bloomberg suit in federal court seeking bailout records under... More

A Letter from Goldman Sachs

The bank takes issue with The Audit; we reply

Recently, I've written posts denouncing the secrecy surrounding the government bailout of American International Group—secrecy that. among other things, has... More

The ethics of The Guardian’s Whisper bombshell - It would have been a journalistic lapse not to have told readers

Gawker: The internet bully - Nick Denton’s media empire is an intellectual online fraternity that invites people to their parties only to make them buy the booze

The Washington Post short-sells a reporter’s integrity - Steven Pearlstein smears TheStreet’s Adam Feuerstein for criticizing a biotech firm

Former Sun-Times staffers react to top reporter’s resignation - “Whereas we don’t have all the answers, we have way too many questions about what happened here”

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks


John Oliver video sweepstakes (The Awl)

“We may update this list next week to reflect Facebook shares gathered by The Awl as the result of this post, which is ultimately an elaborate excuse to embed a John Oliver video on our website”

Which news org is the most trusted? (Pew)

The answer is complicated

‘My Captivity’ (NYT Mag)

An American journalist on his two-year kidnapping in Syria

FBI faked an AP story, in Seattle Times style, to catch a suspect (Seattle Times)

“‘We are outraged that the FBI, with the apparent assistance of the US Attorney’s Office, misappropriated the name of The Seattle Times to secretly install spyware on the computer of a crime suspect,’ said Seattle Times Editor Kathy Best”

Bloggingheads

Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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