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Don’t Listen to Searby

Or other Wall Street analysts about newspapers

The New York Times Co. reported yesterday that its second-quarter earnings fell from the same period a year ago.... More

What the Bancrofts Owe Dow Jones

In return for a century of dividends, a “no” and a graceful exit

It's on the Bancrofts now. That hard-bargaining Dow Jones & Co. board has agreed to sell the Bancroft's patrimony for... More

The Right Prescription in the Journal

The Wall Street Journal gives Big Pharma’s state house lobbying an MRI

Kudos and a smart salute to Sarah Rubenstein and the WSJ for a tough and intelligent story on Big Pharma... More

Parsing the Anonymice at Dow Jones and the Journal

The Times lets unnamed “senior editors” and a “person close to Dow Jones management” nudge the Murdoch sale along

This New York Times piece from Monday says an unnamed person connected to Dow Jones management and unnamed senior editors... More

Independence Day

No time for sunshine patriots at Dow Jones

Yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. —Tom Paine, The... More

Why News Corp. Can’t Cover the U.S. Business Story

It is the story

The business press, I have to say, has done a terrific job vetting News Corp. and Rupert Murdoch as potential... More

Pitiful

Murdoch in the sewer

This News Corp. statement speaks for itself. It comes near the beginning of the second day of The New York... More

Don’t Miss The Post Cheney Series

“The Angler” is great and a pleasure to read.

The Washington Post series, by Bart Gellman (The Audit's onetime officemate, I'm proud to say) and Jo Becker, so far... More

The Audit Recommends…

The Times on Murdoch; The New Yorker on Murdoch; The WSJ on Murdoch and the Bear Stearns bailout;Lawrence Summers’s Op-Ed in the FT.

Business-press readers get even more reasons to oppose a Dow Jones sale to News Corp. from The New Yorker's rundown... More

Agency Problems at Dow Jones and the WSJ

Unusual job guarantees would put top Journal editors in a tight spot.

You can't tell the players without a scorecard, and today The Audit will spell out where the economic interests of... More

Secular vs. Cyclical

Shafer is wrong about Times piece

Jack Shafer finds a page one piece in Sunday's New York Times about a slowdown in online retail sales to... More

Changes at the Journal

The Audit’s interpretation

The Wall Street Journal's new managing editor, Marcus Brauchli, made some changes in the newsroom that are bold if nothing... More

The WSJ Story is Fine, But…

What’s missing from coverage of the insurance “industry”

The WSJ did a story last week on the explosive growth of state-owned insurers of last resort. This is a... More

Samuelson says there’s nothing to be done

Warns to avoid “class warfare”

The Washington Post's Robert Samuelson today weighs in with an informed column on cultural changes affecting income inequality. His conclusion:... More

Loss of Wartzman column reveals LAT’s biz coverage priorities

The Reader Speaks

One of The Audit's numerous sources in the business press passes along the following letter by Peter Dreier, a politics... More

How to Kill a Story

Murdoch would kill the Journal’s journalism

How do you kill a story? It must be hard, right? All reporters know the truth: any monkey can do... More

Great story; a concern and a thought

The Bancrofts’ lawyer is clearly conflicted; spell out where the CEO stands

Business-press readers and family therapy buffs alike will get a kick out The Wall Street Journal's Saturday story on discussions... More

Financial Times Bears Down

The British Peach combines sophistication and street smarts in a nice Page One piece.

The Audit can't resist the two-column, paper-leading story (badly underplayed on the Web) by Saskia Scholtes, who got hold of... More

DJ’s unsuitable suitors

Bancrofts in a tight spot

The news that Dow Jones & Co.'s controlling Bancroft family will consider selling the company, including to Rupert Murdoch's News... More

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

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