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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

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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