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Goldman’s Risk: Somewhere Between Zero and $20 Billion

Contradictory NYT, Bloomberg stories show need for bailout transparency

Coverage of Goldman Sachs has perplexed me throughout the crisis. I’d still like to know, for instance, which subprime lenders... More

Lupica Waves at One

Better work on stadium financing, please

Sports columnists aren’t required to read balance sheets or anything, but surely Mike Lupica can do better than this lazy... More

Frankly, Goldman, What About the CDOs?

The Times misses the big question on Goldman

A lengthy New York Times piece on the heavy involvement of Goldman Sachs alumni in the government apparatus in charge... More

Transparency, Regulation and …

Rapoport’s three-step plan for restoring confidence

Most readers don’t get to see newswire copy, which is available only to subscribers at a price we can’t afford.... More

The Coming Credit Card Meltdown

BizWeek on the next crisis for the banks

BusinessWeek takes a useful look at the next big problem in consumer credit. One word: plastic. The piece’s perspective is... More

Spitzer’s Ghost

The public record on lending hangs over the business press

In 2002, Georgia passed an anti-predatory lending law that had all the usual provisions—it forbade deceptive practices in the disclosure... More

What She Said

A recommended WSJ op-ed

A WSJ opinion piece today, “A Capitalist Manifesto,” strikes me as well-worth reading. True, the author, Judy Shelton, sets up... More

Un-Intel @ NY Magazine

Any editors out there?

I thank New York Magazine and its Daily Intel blog for making me momentarily famous in the areas between Popover’s... More

Ouryay Eatbay Just Ewblay Upyay

Ten fundamentals for the business press now

As a service to the business-news trade, The Audit would like to offer a few observations about the current financial... More

Debating a Catastrophe

Connecting the political and financial plot lines

For months, the business pages and political pages felt so different in tone, content and intensity that reading them was... More

“Ailing” vs. “Embattled”

With its hand out to the government, Goldman gets a journalistic handout from the Times

A front-page headline on Wednesday with an article about Warren E. Buffett’s plan to invest $5 billion in the Wall... More

Roundup: A Two-Sided Scandal

Don’t forget how this started; Times, Journal, others, on pricing the waste; Frank, Will, etc.

One thing forgotten by the business press in the debate over the $700 billion bailout, I think, is that this... More

Audit Roundup: Context, Please

Bloomberg takes a stab; Ritholtz on point; the Times looks for outrage, etc.

If I were a newspaper editor right now I’d be ordering more stories like this Bloomberg piece, which gropes for... More

Audit Roundup: Without Words

How to convey a disgrace; useful ideas from Krugman, Morgenson; WSJ edit page blames community groups, etc.

The business press has done its usual thorough job of explaining the whos, whats and wherefores of this historic weekend,... More

Audit Roundup: Weil, Eisinger vs. White Noise

Wall Street things you don’t need to bone up on

Readers who joined the business press conversation only recently must getting a headache by now. Wall Street is imploding, and... More

It Really Is That Bad

A Journal headline finally says it

People ask me if the business press has acted responsibly in describing the panic currently consuming global financial institutions and... More

Public Policy Matters After All

Where’s the reporting on the laws that built Wall Street’s house of cards?

I’m wondering if any other newspaper and business-press readers are curious about the degree to which public policy, including laws... More

Boiler Room

The business press is missing the crooked heart of the credit crisis

“Mr. Howard made it clear to the mortgage broker that he could not read or write, but his loan application... More

Yes, but…

Reader: The business press, too, is implicated in the current credit calamity

A reader responds to this morning's post of qualified business-press praise: Dear Dean, Some comments. First, now that the horse... More

The Language of Calamity

The business press finds its voice in covering Wall Street’s implosion

Even casual business press readers by now know that what is happening on Wall Street is new, unusual, historic, unfamiliar,... 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


How to be a decent entertainment reporter (Eric Danton)

“Here’s how not to suck at it: Don’t write like an entertainment reporter”

A First Look update (First Look Media)

“[R]ather than immediately launching a large collection of digital ‘magazines’ based on strong, expert journalists with their own followings, as we imagined earlier, we’ll begin by building out the two we’ve started and then explore adding new ones as we learn”

The White House deploys minders to interviews all the time (WaPo)

“Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between reporters and the proverbial ‘senior administration officials’ is conducted in the presence of a press staffer”

The down-and-dirty history of TMZ (BuzzFeed)

“TMZ’s real engine — what defines its mission, what legitimizes it and sets it apart — is a unique and controversial mix of scandal mongering and investigative journalism”

Bloggingheads

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

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