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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 Obama’s statement on reporters’ arrests in Ferguson is hypocritical - The president defends reporters in Ferguson, but demands compliance from James Risen

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

First Look runs headlong into journalism’s two big problems - Growing pains at the Omidyar/Greenwald venture


The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

Tour guide wars at a Paris cemetery (WSJ)

“Because dead men tell no tales, visitors to Père Lachaise cemetery lend their ears to Bertrand Beyern”

Last call (Medium)

“The death of newspapers is sad, but the threatened loss of journalistic talent is catastrophic. If that’s you, it’s time to learn something outside the production routine of your current job.”

Maureen Dowd on James Risen (NYT)

“Risen may be trapped in Ibsen, but Obama is channeling Orwell”

Bloggingheads

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

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