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The Journal Digs Into Medtronic’s Payments to Surgeons

The WSJ puts a lot of time and effort into its leders—those long, exhaustively-reported front-page exclusives about topics which might... More

Salvage the Financial Crisis Commission With a Document Dump

Keith Hennessey, one of the four Republican commissioners on the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, has helpfully provided a copy of... More

The WSJ Is Needlessly Skeptical of GM’s Deleveraging

Sharon Terlep's story on GM trying to pay down its debt is a great indicator of how the leverage-is-good meme... More

The NYT’s Story Takes On the Derivatives Cartel

Back in September, the Chicago Fed hosted a symposium on OTC derivatives clearing. (Bear with me, don't fall asleep just... More

BusinessWeek Takes Road Already Traveled For Larry Fink Profile

Paul Kedrosky loves playing around with word clouds, and generated this one from the new Bloomberg Businessweek profile of Larry... More

NYT Finds a Mortgage-Mod Program That Works

David Bornstein has a great post about ESOP, an Ohio non-profit which acts as a middleman between homeowners and lenders,... More

Jobless Benefits Extension Will Reduce Unemployment, Not Increase It

Contra a WSJ columnist, the stimulative impact outweighs any negatives

Last week, when I wrote my post on how to boost employment, the list started off unambiguously: The first—and this... More

The New York Times Demonizes the Bond Market

Did you know there's a fight to the death going on in Europe? The NYT covers it today, under the... More

The $100 hamster wheel

Back on October 1, the Fed put out a short, bland press release announcing "a delay in the issue date... More

Can Rolling Stone Claim Blankenship’s Scalp?

Can Rolling Stone claim another scalp? Six months after ending the career of Stanley McChrystal, Rolling Stone published Jeff Goodell's... More

Crain’s Calls Out the Bank of New York

With Peter Eavis having left the WSJ, who will join Jonathan Weil and David Reilly in taking on the job... More

A Credulous NYT Piece on Dimon

I'm not a huge fan of Roger Lowenstein's NYT Magazine piece on Jamie Dimon, which comes complete with a positively... More

The NYT and the Urgency of the Unemployment Crisis

The unemployment rate has long been called Obama's Katrina, but at this point it's clear that it's much worse than... More

Shorting the “Heard”

Does the Ireland crisis bespeak a major weakness in the Basel capital-adequacy regime? Simon Nixon thinks so: the fact that... More

Expertise Mission Creep

A sensationalist headline shows how TV tempts commentators to reach

Last week, Chris Whalen appeared on Tech Ticker with Henry Blodget; he said, in the accurate if sensationalist words of... More

Benjamin Wey and the Power of PR

In September, one Benjamin Wey, calling himself "Chinese American Financial Expert Foremost Expert On Chinese Business in U.S.," put out... More

Still Looking for Good MSM Coverage of Indian Microfinance Crisis

Are we ever going to get a good article on the hugely important microcredit crisis in the Indian state of... More

WSJ’s Casino Piece: A Few Details Short of a Full Deck

Alexandra Berzon has an enjoyable piece in today's WSJ about the Cosmpolitan, the new $4 billion casino, fully paid for... More

The Treasury Stops by Freakonomics

I love the way that Michael Mundaca, the assistant Treasury secretary for tax policy, has taken to the blogs to... More

Re-examining the mortgage interest deduction

One of the positive effects of the deficit commission report is the way that it has brought the stupid mortgage-interest... 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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