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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

The End of Dow Jones

Covering Your Own Downfall

What must it be like to write your own obituary? What must it be like to read it? Reading the... More

Mergers: They’re What’s for Dinner

For the business press, the more mergers and acquisitions, the better. Too bad most of them don’t work out.

Is it just The Audit, or does anyone else feel that business stories about mergers and acquisitions sound like they... More

Dang, That’s Good

With many moving parts, the WSJ’s options series took serious stones to publish

Sometimes The Audit can only drop its monocle, place the riding crop under its arm, and bring its heels together... More

W.W.T.A.D.

What Would The Audit Do, if given $125 million to reinvent business reporting from scratch? Quelque chose comme Conde Nast Portfolio? Peut-être.

What Would The Audit Do? If somehow The Great One were to raise $125 million for a new magazine and... More

Capitalism At Risk; Needs More From Journal’s Third Front

Money & Investing is Getting Some Help. It needs it.

Um, excuse me; there may have been a misunderstanding. See, when I took the job of running CJR’s The Audit,... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


The 10 worst New Yorker longreads (Gawker)

“[A]pparently [Adam] Gopnik did not know you could bake fancy breads from France and other cultures. So he got his mom to teach him how to bake them. A fine anecdote, maybe, to tell a friend or a therapist. But in this case he wrote about it for the New Yorker, a magazine.”

Insufferable parenthetical asides, ranked (The Hairpin)

18. (strictly for the mise-en-scene)

You are now entering the demented kingdom of William T. Vollmann (TNR)

“Franzen tells a hilarious story of being a young writer in New York, meeting Vollmann, becoming fast friends, and inaugurating a draft swap. A while later, they exchanged work. Franzen gave Vollmann a dozen chiseled pages. Vollmann gave Franzen an entire novel.”

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