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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

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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