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Ebony on the Fall of Detroit

The magazine reports the U.S. car industry’s demise is hitting blacks especially hard

A Credit to Ebony for a piece describing how the tribulations of the U.S. auto industry are hitting African American... More

Portfolio: Anybody Home?

Two duds about housing suggest the magazine is not getting it

A Double Debit to Conde Nast Portfolio for offering us an extended portrait of luxury homebuilder Bob Toll as a... More

New Yorker’s Hot Air on Poverty

Gladwell over-inflates the story of one Goldman banker

Things we really don’t like: Articles that pose a question with an obvious answer and then, pretending the answer is... More

Herb Sandler: I’m Hit, But ProPublica’s Fine

A recent Bloomberg account was unclear; we fix the record

Readers may have wondered about the future funding of the new investigative-news organization ProPublica, if they saw an October 30... More

The Economist (Heart) Utah

The magazine reaches too far for a happy narrative on the state’s economy

A Debit to The Economist for adding to the list of stories that try too hard to give good news... More

The Great Man Theory and Hank Paulson

Business press iconography is over the top

The mythology of Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson got a helping hand recently from a spate of magazine cover stories unwilling... More

Halve Not

Unreflective Reuters undresses itself in misuse of transitive verb

A Debit to Reuters for posting a 19th century headline—and getting it wrong. The topic is undergarments. Specifically, Hanesbrands, about... More

Where are the Subprime Toasters?

Harper’s calls for a Financial Product Safety Commission

Sometimes we come across pieces that are so clear, relevant and to-the-point that we feel like quoting them to you... More

Disposable Story

Fortune overplays the meaning of a personal-savings uptick

A Debit to Fortune for repeating an old canard of the business press: that an increase in the personal savings... More

Picturing the Crisis

A look at photographic coverage in the financial press

What does the financial crisis look like? Well, judging from recent weeks, it looks better in The New York Times... More

The Newsweek Bubble

Zakaria is living in some other economy

A Debit to Newsweek for trying a bit too hard to look on the bright side as the latest economic... More

Broken Homes

Harper’s on the ground in the housing bust

A Credit to Harper’s for a brutal piece (subscription required) on cleaning out foreclosed upon and abandoned houses. We have... More

NPR Leads on SEC

Picking its spots, public radio continues to shine in credit crisis

A Credit to the Chicago Public Radio show This American Life and NPR’s new podcast Planet Money for an incisive... More

The Press and Phil Gramm

The alternative press leads on the policy roots of the credit crisis

The alternative press has led the way on the story of Phil Gramm and the policy roots of the financial... More

Why won’t journalists ask Bill Cosby the tough questions? - Sexual assault charges are hardly ever mentioned to the TV star

Knoxville’s alt-weekly wasn’t losing money. It got shut down anyway - Scripps pulls the plug on Metro Pulse in favor of an entertainment supplement for the local daily

Chuck Todd’s Obama book says more about the author than it does about the president - ‘The Stranger’ underscores a broader problem with the way we cover politics

Beware labeling Pope Francis a liberal - Political boxes like liberal/conservative and evolutionist/creationist miss his real significance

The Virginian-Pilot produces a breakthrough investigation amid layoffs - Reporter John Holland discusses how the story came together, newsroom cutbacks, and colleagues who cover for each other


Which media outlets use ‘illegal immigrant’? (Fusion)

“[I]n spite of all the good reasons not to use the phrase, it is still very easy to find in the US press, even in headlines”

Jack Shafer on losing his job (Capital New York)

“Right now, my immediate plan is to go to work as a lay therapist at The Intercept to bring the healing there so John Cook and Matt Taibbi can return. I have great interpersonal skills.”

On outlets that continue to call unknown drone victims ‘militants’ (The Intercept)

“Like the US drone program itself, this deceitful media practice continues unabated”

UNITY’s convention is no more (All Digitocracy)

“The organization’s board of directors decided that UNITY will no longer host the quadrennial conferences for which it had become known”

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