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Eakes!

Forbes’s flawed probe of a prescient consumer advocate

Forbes readers will be forgiven their confusion after reading a recent profile of Martin Eakes, a leading anti-predatory-lending crusader. Headlined... More

Popular? Must Be “Populist”

Why does the press use “populist” to refer to policies that are simply liberal?

Before this gets out of hand, big media needs to stop using the word “populist" to describe Democrats’ economic programs... More

Democrats Attack “Business,” “Trade”

Or so says The Wall Street Journal on page one

Wary Wall Street Journal watchers on the lookout for signs that Rupert Murdoch’s pro-corporate agenda will creep into the Journal’s... More

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

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


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!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

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