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Making Sense of Sino-Forest

Ponzi allegations call for an independent arbiter, but the press comes up short

If you want to move a stock with a research report, you can hardly hope to do better than Muddy... More

Adventures With CNBC Anchors’ Statistics

CNBC’s Joe Kernen reports the news in the morning in a fast-paced environment where it’s difficult to be 100% accurate.... More

Sorkin and The Fiscal Times on Taxing the Rich

Andrew Ross Sorkin gives credence — but doesn’t directly link to — Karen Hube’s rather offensive analysis of what it... More

The Big, and Little, Mortgage-Fraud News

Shahien Nasiripour had a very important scoop yesterday—a set of confidential federal audits has found a pattern of mortgage fraud... More

Too Big To Fail, The Movie

Over the weekend I watched the HBO movie version of Too Big To Fail, and I talked to Andrew... More

Diving Down into “The Story So Far”

And coming up with the parts you need to read

The Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, in its worthy manner, has come out with a 146-page report entitled "The... More

ProPublica and How to Support Investigative Journalism

Paul Steiger is rightly proud of his latest Pulitzer -- the second for ProPublica in as many years. He's right,... More

WSJ Column Raises Ethics Issues

Last week, Ira Stoll took issue with Dennis Berman's column on SharesPost and SecondMarket, on the grounds that Berman lied... More

How Wall Street Elites Read the Business Press

What a story says depends on who exactly is reading it

The Picard complaint against JPMorgan, accusing the bank of being “at the very center “of the Madoff fraud, “and thoroughly... More

A Ridiculous Take on the Mortgage Settlement

Cheyenne Hopkins of American Banker, who first published the terms of the proposed mortgage servicer settlement in March, has now... More

A Vulture Fund Sob Story

Matt Wirz probably can’t be held responsible for the headline the WSJ put on his story today — “For Vultures,... More

The Power of Iterative Journalism

NYT, Fortune, and ProPublica on General Electric’s taxes

On March 25, the NYT's David Kocieniewski splashed a bombshell of a story across the front page; its current headline,... More

The NYT Continues Its War on HuffPo

The NYT's declared war on the Huffington Post shows no sign of dissipating, and as ever the new-look NYT ... More

WSJ Unmasks Perfidious Goldman

The WSJ has a great article today about that most fickle and capricious of creatures, the Goldman Sachs investment... More

More on Second Liens

I had a long conversation with Jesse Eisinger on the subject of second liens and the proposed mortgage settlement... More

Bloomberg Keeps Its Documents to Itself

Caleb Newquist has a great post up at Going Concern showing how important it is for news organizations to publish... More

ProPublica and NYT Are Confusing On Second Liens (UPDATED)

Jesse Eisinger has a conspiracy theory about the way that second liens are treated in the proposed mortgage settlement: The... More

The NYT Tilts Toward the Banks on Debit Interchange Fees

Edward Wyatt has a big piece in The New York Times on the banks' last-ditch attempts to weaken the rules... More

The NYT’s Incomplete Article on State Pension Plans

Steven Greenhouse has a long article in today's NYT about an attempt by the states to deal with their "strained"... More

The WSJ’s Peculiar Reporting On GM Credit

GM debt has been through a lot of late. In May 2009, car czar Steve Rattner made a bold and... More

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

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