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To the Ramparts!

Study says stock prices rise and fall with protest coverage

Media coverage of protests against publicly traded corporations affects stock prices. The more coverage, the more the price declines. This... More

The Larry Silverstein Story, Continued….

Esquire joins the Financial Times in fantasyland

Second of two articles Coverage of Larry Silverstein is the object of much consternation here at The Audit. Why do... More

The Remarkable Larry Silverstein Story

How the FT (and others) were had by a huckster

First of two articles We here at The Audit understand the constraints under which the business press operates, and we’re... More

Missing MGM Mirage Macau Mob Material

NYT and WSJ leave out key facts about an Atlantic City casino announcement

The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal both rolled snake-eyes in covering MGM Mirage’s announcement earlier this month... More

Fuzzy Connection in the Journal

A good telecom yarn misses the larger point by an Iowa mile

The headline is catchy: “How 2 Guys’ Iowa Connection Took Big Telecoms for a Ride.” This article appeared October 4... More

How ‘Subprime’ Crushed ‘Predatory’

And what it says about language, the business press, and how we think about the economic crisis

What is the root cause of the financial crisis? “Lousy loans,” says Elizabeth Warren, the chairwoman of the Congressional Oversight... More

Three Faces of Greeley

How the local, regional, and national press covered a bank failure

What do you know about New Frontier Bank? We can pretty confidently say, that depends on where you live. If... More

Asphalt Jungle

A fresh look at a monumental smackdown over urban renewal

Wrestling With Moses: How Jane Jacobs Took on New York’s Master Builder and Transformed the American City | By Anthony... More

Derivatives Echo Chamber

The business press largely parroted industry on a massive, prescient ‘94 GAO study

The Audit wants to know. What role did the press play in diffusing financial warnings in the years leading up... More

Frontline Disappoints

A surprisingly weak effort on the financial crisis; do-over needed

Dismay. That was our response to Frontline’s recent documentary on the financial crisis. And our problem wasn’t even with the... More

The Business Press and the Cult of Personality

A misplaced emphasis on celebrity over substance got us into this mess

In times of great troubles, it is natural to look for a savior, someone who can get us out of... More

Two Lives

The bifurcated existence of a Gilded Age celebrity

Passing Strange: A Gilded Age Tale of Love and Deception Across the Color Line By Martha Sandweiss | The Penguin... More

A Guide To Bailout Transparency Sites

Another public service from The Audit

It is no secret that bailout transparency is a problem. Now that taxpayers have become financiers, we have a right... More

A City in the Ditch

Weekly Standard, Labash, and LeDuff look beyond “Detroit.”

An Audit Credit to The Weekly Standard for helping to fill one of the business press’s yawning reality gaps: the... More

Losing Lehman

Press coverage dances around the true shame of Fuld and his fallen firm

The press has a Lehman problem. We’ve suspected as much for a while now, but only steeled ourselves to trace... 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 White House deploys minders to interviews all the time (WaPo)

“Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between reporters and the proverbial ‘senior administration officials’ is conducted in the presence of a press staffer”

The down-and-dirty history of TMZ (BuzzFeed)

“TMZ’s real engine — what defines its mission, what legitimizes it and sets it apart — is a unique and controversial mix of scandal mongering and investigative journalism”

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.”

Bloggingheads

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

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