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As the Hamster Wheel Turns

As productivity demands soar, journalists need to talk

In a piece on growing discontent on The Associated Press’s business desk, Gawker reported that the desk has a deal... More

Audit Notes: Koblin Continues on Kouwe; Old Reformers; A good, quick WSJ probe; Charlie Moves Over, etc.

-John Koblin continues to turn in strong work for the Observer on the Times Bizday plagiarism story, this time with... More

Threading the “News Analysis” Needle

The lines between news and news analysis, and news analysis and opinion, are necessarily fuzzy. Most people would agree about... More

Audit Notes: NYO on an NYT Plagiarism Problem; Three Good Ones in the WSJ; plus Wolf

--John Koblin at the Observer broke an important story about apparent plagiarism involving Times business staffer Zachery Kouwes. A Times's... More

A Polk for Pittman

Long Island University announced the winners of the 2009 Polk Awards this morning, and we at The Audit want to... More

Audit Notes: Bloomberg on the Financial Protection Agency; FT’s Volcker Get; Norris Gets Almost There; Greece as Bear Stearns, etc.

--Bloomberg does a good job tracking the dimming prospects of a consumer finance protection agency, yet another indication, as far... More

The Times’s Last Goldman Story Mostly Held Up Fine

But it’s not a zero-sum game

Yesterday, I said Goldman had a minor but valid point in spokesman Lucas van Praag's unusual public response to last... More

A Good Counterintuitive Piece on an Ex-Goldmanite

There are a lot of reasons to like this Bloomberg profile of Gary Gensler. First, it's into the weeds of... More

Audit Notes: Bloomberg Day

It’s all-Bloomberg, all-day here on Audit Notes™ --Nobody can manipulate the data ocean in a Bloomberg machine like Bloomberg News,... More

The Times, Goldman and the SocGen Problem

The bank has minor, but valid point in tiff with the paper

The NYT’s Sunday story on the AIG-Goldman collateral fight didn’t break any major news, but it certainly added some useful... More

All Eyes On NHTSA

Press lessons here

The business press continues to turn in devastating reporting on Toyota’s problems and the parallel failures of its main regulator,... More

New Financial Sheriff in Town, Part III

Times highlights SEC’s latest crackdown—on an Estonian brokerage

The Times continues the business-press tradition of hailing new regulators as saviors from the previous bad regulators. "S.E.C. Enforcers Focus... More

The Wall Street End Game

Barry Ritholtz sees no new news in yesterday’s Times piece recreating the AIG/Goldman talks, which forced the insurer to hand... More

Audit Notes: Wessel on Press Failure; Cohan On a Bailout Mystery Pair; NYT on Student Loans, etc.

--David Wessel, the WSJ's economics editor, displayed admirable candor to a roomful of his financial press colleagues, I thought, in... More

The Journal Reveals Yet Another Mortgage Bug

This is just a good story by Carrick Mollenkamp in the Journal this morning, showing one more trapdoor in the... More

Audit Notes: WSJ v. Pay-to-Play; NIM(Budget)BY; Limousine Liberal, etc.

--Pay-to-play is a scourge of local and state government, and the Journal does a good job ferreting it out this... More

Toyota No Longer Attacking the L.A. Times

The business press has done well documenting Toyota’s spiraling problems, including this morning’s news that U.S. regulators are accusing the... More

Audit Notes: Reuters Withdraws; Leaving Las Vegas; Reregulation, etc.

--Talking Points Memo had a nice catch of Reuters pulling a story headlined "Backdoor taxes to hit middle class" after... More

Volcker Pushed Back

When Wall Street doesn’t like something, one thing is certain: the public will hear about it. The pushback on the... More

Audit Notes: Times Nicked; Defining Populism; Special Dividends; Intrepid Blogger, etc.

--NYTPicker, an anonymous site devoting to giving the Times a hard time, has an interesting item that says the paper... More

The ethics of The Guardian’s Whisper bombshell - It would have been a journalistic lapse not to have told readers

Gawker: The internet bully - Nick Denton’s media empire is an intellectual online fraternity that invites people to their parties only to make them buy the booze

The Washington Post short-sells a reporter’s integrity - Steven Pearlstein smears TheStreet’s Adam Feuerstein for criticizing a biotech firm

Former Sun-Times staffers react to top reporter’s resignation - “Whereas we don’t have all the answers, we have way too many questions about what happened here”

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks


John Oliver video sweepstakes (The Awl)

“We may update this list next week to reflect Facebook shares gathered by The Awl as the result of this post, which is ultimately an elaborate excuse to embed a John Oliver video on our website”

Which news org is the most trusted? (Pew)

The answer is complicated

‘My Captivity’ (NYT Mag)

An American journalist on his two-year kidnapping in Syria

FBI faked an AP story, in Seattle Times style, to catch a suspect (Seattle Times)

“‘We are outraged that the FBI, with the apparent assistance of the US Attorney’s Office, misappropriated the name of The Seattle Times to secretly install spyware on the computer of a crime suspect,’ said Seattle Times Editor Kathy Best”

Bloggingheads

Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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