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Turning Point: Middle Class Under Seige

Remember, it’s the policies, not the market’s “unseen hand”

This is part five of a series on the start of the 2008 presidential election’s general campaign. Links to the... More

The Winkler Way—Okay?

With Bloomberg News at a crossroads, an audience with its maximum leader

I am deep inside Bloomberg LP’s global headquarters, the Lexington Avenue office of the financial-information giant. With its post-modernist design—sweeping... More

Worse Than It Seems

Drilling down to the rotten foundation of the economic crisis

With the economy apparently already in recession, gas prices near record levels, food prices rising, and inflation generally gaining momentum,... More

60 Minutes’s Biovail Trainwreck (cont.)

A news magazine’s corporate “victim” pleads guilty

Last month, we wrote how 60 Minutes and Lesley Stahl had botched a business story by using, of all companies,... More

WSJ’s Committee of the Absurd

Waiting for a complaint that will never come

I see The Wall Street Journal’s Special Committee has given itself a new name, or at least tried to define... More

The Anglo-ization of The Wall Street Journal

A struggle over the editor was about much more than turf

LAKE JACKSON, Texas -- When Lisa Kelly learned she had leukemia in late 2006, her doctor advised her to... More

Little Buttercup

The Bancroft’s opera singer/News Corp. director is “unavailable for comment”

And what of the opera singer? You remember: Natalie Bancroft, the twenty-something aspiring diva who wound up on News Corp.’s... More

WSJ committee Must Prove Its Mettle

It gets benefit of doubt, but now it’s time to fight

At a certain point, tragedy turns into farce, and we are getting awfully close to clown-car territory at The Wall... More

The WSJ’s Little Committee That Failed…

To protect the paper’s editorial independence

So much for the editorial side agreement that was supposed to protect The Wall Street Journal’s editorial independence from News... More

Brauchli’s Exit Is…

The end of the beginning of the end of what made the Journal special

The abrupt resignation of Marcus Brauchli as managing editor of The Wall Street Journal is surprising even to those of... More

Open Letter to Les Moonves

Don’t pay Couric’s successor $15 million; invest in journalists instead

If nothing else, Katie Couric’s earlier-than-expected departure from the CBS Evening News should call into question the superstar anchor system... More

Congress and the Press—Together Again

Oversight helps the business press, too

What a difference Congressional oversight makes—for the business press, if nothing else. The last two weeks, the financial (and front)... More

Audit Mailbag: ‘Stop the Class Warfare’

So says an editor; The Journal’s use of a housing stat sparks a squabble; we are praised, etc.

The Audit sometimes gets interesting mail from readers, and from time to time we’ll be posting some of it in... More

Pulitzers A Triumph For Investigations

Nothing like this on a blog

Army officials say they "started an aggressive campaign to deal with the mice infestation" last October and that the problem... More

Stahled

We don’t mean to pick on Lesley Stahl, in particular, but that Al Gore piece last night on 60 Minutes... More

60 Minutes Blows Biovail Story

SEC sues drug maker Lesley Stahl defended

The Securities and Exchange Commission sued a Canadian drug maker this week—and in the process blew apart the premise of... More

In the Mad Money Swamp

What part of “Bear Stearns is fine” don’t you understand?

"Bear Stearns is fine,"—Jim Cramer, on CNBC’s Mad Money, March 11. The Mad Money swamp beckons. The Audit cannot resist... More

The Other Side of Schadenfreude

Searching for a non-Wall Street perspective on Spitzer’s fall

Who remembers the schadenfreude? It was only a week ago—it feels like another era— that financial news publications rushed to... More

Another Baseless Screed

As will most press-bias rants, Strassel’s piece is hollow

“Many reporters built careers on the prosecutor’s leaks intended to bully innocent people” - Kimberly A. Strassel, Wall Street Journal... More

Red Ink Rising

How the press missed a sea change in the credit-card industry

One of the paradoxes of the business press is that while everyone should read it, since we all live in... More

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Female sportscasters are speaking up (NYT)

“[i]n the wake of the recent scandals, women have been driving the story, providing a perspective that their male counterparts simply cannot”

Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

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