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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

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


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”

How one reporter copes inside the ‘Ebola bubble’ (BuzzFeed)

“Bring gloves to give nurses you meet at clinics, even if you’re there for a story. Get small change to give to the kids who have been out of school for months and are selling ground nuts for pitiful sums on the side of road. Hell, give them candy. Violate all the principles of ostensibly good aid stewardship, because the good stewardship of the developed world didn’t get help here in time, and now everyone is dying around you.”

Bloggingheads

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

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