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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

A word about leadership

And one reason Dow Jones lost the war

Warren H. Phillips, a former longtime CEO of Dow Jones & Co., wrote a letter to the New York Times's... More

Of Lepers and Lou Dobbs

Dobbs has a leprosy problem

60 Minutes couldn't do it. Neither could NPR. Well, hats off to The Times for running Dobbs to ground on... More

FT on DJ

Don’t do us any favors

We suspect the Financial Times has an advantage covering the Bancrofts--maybe everyone went to the same schools, or something--but... More

A Good One on Drug Trials

Big Pharma

Barry Meier, one The Audit's favorites, has an excellent piece on today's New York Times business cover about a debate... More

The Tragedy of Peter Kann

A devoted son of Dow Jones brings down the company.

We believe facts are facts and that they are ascertainable through honest, open-minded and diligent reporting. We thus believe that... More

Steiger Sat On What?!

Rupert Murdoch’s “reassuring” e-mail about a live offer for the Wall Street Journal’s parent creates a journalistic fiasco. Thanks, Rupert. We feel better already.

Well, we can stop wondering whether The Wall Street Journal would allow Rupert Murdoch to screw up its editorial judgment.... More

The Trouble With Insurance Reporting

The business press accepts insurance industry assumptions that are utterly bogus—and, yes, it matters a lot.

You know me as The Audit, a mild-mannered, bespectacled, some would say underachieving critic and interpreter of the business press—just... More

It doesn’t add up - A science writer questions the conventional wisdom of US-born STEM workers

#Realtalk: Dear reader - For small sites, loyalty might be a better path to pageviews

Falling for internet hoaxes - Some people who share satire don’t realize they’re missing the punchline

Digital First plans layoffs (Updated) - High-level executives and high-profile digital projects targeted

Nobody’s that lucky’—except in Florida’s lottery? - Palm Beach Post ferrets out lottery fraud, prompts tightening of “meager” safeguards


How burrowing owls lead to vomiting anarchists

Or SF’s housing crisis explained

Jill Abramson on tattoos, Anita Hill, Nate Silver

“I’m very sorry, but The New York Times is always the prettiest girl at the party”

Bend it, charge it, dunk it

Graphene, the material of tomorrow

This one sentence explains what’s wrong with the Web

We escaped the tyranny of MSM gatekeepers only to replace it with the tyranny of the “news of the day”

New Jersey’s good government

Despite the bridge scandal, Chris Christie’s state is relatively transparent and accountable. CJR’s Greg Marx talks to Gordon Witkin

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