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Citigroup Coverage: Too Clever by Half

The business press is too smart for our own good on a CEO’s exit

Um, the business-press is talking to itself again. Coverage of this morning’s forced resignation of Charles Prince, Citigroup’s chairman and... More

A Clean Scoop on Merrill, Etc.

NYT pries out Merrill Lynch chief’s surprising merger parlay; other Friday business thoughts

The New York Times beat the world with a story by Jenny Anderson and Landon Thomas Jr. that says Merrill... More

The Audit Recommends: Nocera on Fox Business, Others

Nocera on Fox Business News; New York Magazine piece on Gawker; WSJ on an Iraq corruption probe, and more.

The New York Times's Joe Nocera is funny and perceptive in his column over the weekend in which he reviews... More

Dow Jones’s False Dawn

DJ’s promising future will benefit not an independent newspaper company, but News Corp. shareholders and Rupert Murdoch.

Dow Jones & Co. reported its third-quarter earnings this morning, and, really, as a shareholder, I couldn't ask for better... More

At or Above-Prime Subprime Primers

With video, charts and well-chosen words, the business press catches readers up on a spiraling crisis

Non-business press readers are probably asking themselves whether they should be worried about the ongoing crises in the housing and... More

An Above-Prime Collaboration

ABC News and NYT combined to help KO substandard subprime lender.

On the subject of business-news coverage of Citigroup and suprime lending, Diana B. Henriques of the New York Times reminds... More

More on Citi and the Business Press

LAT and NYT editors make fair points, provide valuable teaching moment

Editors from major dailies on both coasts wrote to say I blasted with too wide a blunderbuss last week in... More

Tale of Two Citis

It took an obscure magazine to reveal how Sandy Weill built his empire on subprime lending. Why?

A long time ago, before the turn of the century, subprime lending was a marginal business—economically, ethically, every way. The... More

$70-Million Nit

Los Angeles Times , Washington Post’s Eugene Robinson, Fox, CNN, MSNBC make common error in reporting Rather’s lawsuit

Reminder to headline writers and reporters on the Dan Rather-CBS lawsuit story: He didn't file a "$70-million lawsuit" last week.... More

Lovers of the Press, Liberty Must Root for Cubs

A call to patriots everywhere

As a Burkean liberal and paleo-librarian of longstanding, like many of you, The Audit has long understood that the Chicago... More

Our Score: Murdoch 2 - Journalism 0

No Ingrassia book, Varadarajan quits as readers learn to play by Austrialian rules

Kudos to Keith J. Kelly of News Corp.'s New York Post who has more scoops this week. He says Larry... More

Greenspan, Iraq, Oil. How’s that again?

The WSJ and NYT underplay Greenspan role as “behind-the-scenes advocate” for invading Iraq. Woodward and Post get it right.

In the second-to-last paragraph of a story on page A3 Monday, The Wall Street Journal says Alan Greenspan was "himself... More

“The Insurance Hoax” and the Business Press

Bloomberg Markets’s latest cover story and a Times piece perform a valuable service; Forbes and WSJ editorialists blow key Katrina fact

When applying for a grant last year from George Soros's Open Society Institute to report on the insurance industry's response... More

Down With The Conflict-of-Interest Police

Anonymice wrong again: It’s fine for former WSJ-current NYT editor to do a book on his old company

The New York Post's well-sourced Keith J. Kelly published a good item last week saying that a book idea floated... More

Per Suits

The Journal works on Saturday

People familiar with goings-on at The Wall Street Journal tell The New York Times that Wall Street's top watchdog is... More

The Subprime Mess From Mount Olympus

Why James Grant’s long view comes up short

Who’s to blame? The human race, first and foremost. Well-intended public policy, second. And Wall Street, third — if... More

Recommended

An L.A. Times story on aging Holocaust survivors

The Los Angeles Times has a poignant story today on research that shows how the long-supressed memories of Holocaust survivors... More

Prime and Subprime

The New York Times and Business Week led on subprime coverage. Others didn’t.

The business press can always be counted on to explain in authoritative detail why we just lost a trillion dollars.... More

Dow Jones Down

The WSJ editorial page launches baseless attacks on its competitors’ motives—it will fit right in at News Corp.

And so Dow Jones & Co., once the proud lion of financial news, goes down instead like a jackrabbit shot... More

Why the Dow Jones Vote Matters

It’s about the stories

NEW YORK -- Last Nov. 14, 38-year-old Martin A. Siegel, one of Wall Street's leading investment bankers, was spending the... 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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