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Those struggling $300,000-a-year households in the WSJ

A terribly boring story, spiced up by the minor discomforts of the rich

This Wall Street Journal day-in-the-life-of story from a couple weeks ago is even more boring than its headline—"What It's Like... More

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The WSJ short-arms a promising Amazon piece

On how physical retailers are getting more competitive on prices

The Wall Street Journal posts a very interesting blog item about how Amazon is showing signs that it's losing its... More

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Audit Notes: The Guardian, LAT on the OCR, Google bus piñata

The fallout continues from the paper’s latest revelations

Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger's bombshell column Monday night was one of the biggest pieces of media news in recent years.... More

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Audit Notes: Murdoch’s hacking scandal, disrupted, the fall of Detroit

The police eye the corporation in their hacking and bribery investigation

The Independent reported this weekend that the UK police are investigating Rupert Murdoch's News International (now called News UK) for... More

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Guardian bombshells in an escalating battle against journalism

Greenwald partner’s detention, prior-restraint threats, and smashed hard drives

Guardian Editor Alan Rusbridger filed an astonishing column tonight that shows just how far the British authorities are going to... More

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The Washington Post’s pension math

The Grahams didn’t effectively pay to unload the paper

Felix Salmon, my sometime colleague, has a typically good post about the economics of producing journalism. Read the whole thing,... More

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Innumeracy in The New York Times on Politico

Revenue is not profit, Ross Douthat

Ross Douthat has been writing a bit about how the Washington Post missed out on becoming Politico. Or owning Politico.... More

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Daily Beast doubles down on Big Mac minimum wage nonsense

Extrapolations collide with hard numbers

There's a petition signed by 100 left-leaning economists that proposes raising the minimum wage to $10.50 an hour. The petition... More

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Audit Notes: student loans and startups, Clinton’s cronies, mountains of salt

The Atlantic’s critical look at a WSJ report

The Atlantic's Jordan Weissmann has a good takedown of a Wall Street Journal story reporting that ballooning student loans are... More

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Audit Notes: Waywire and Booker, One Weird Trick, souped-up gentrification

The sketchy startup is still raising money from investors

Talking Points Memo has a nice follow-up on the NYT's Cory Booker/Waywire story, reporting that the "ridiculous" company, despite having... More

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The WSJ leads on algobots and the press

A trader-founded “news service” lands in the FBI spotlight

The Wall Street Journal has been doing terrific reporting on the unfair advantages high-frequency traders are getting from news organizations.... More

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Applaud the Grahams, but acknowledge their failures

The praise gets a bit out of hand

The hosannas for Donald Graham got a bit out of hand in the wake of his sale of the Washington... More

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Audit Notes: Another Obama fraud stat unravels, doctor cartel, NYT

Bloomberg helps uncover wildly inflated mortgage prosecution numbers

Score one for the watchdogs at Bloomberg News, whose reporting helped force the Obama administration to admit that it touted... More

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Audit Radio: Dean Starkman, Bill Adair on Bezos

Interviewed by Minnesota Public Radio

Audit Chief Dean Starkman and PolitiFact founder Bill Adair, now a professor at Duke, talk to Minnesota Public Radio about... More

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Cory Booker’s Silicon Valley cash

An NYT story details how the Newark mayor uses his elite connections for personal gain

The New York Times's disturbing story on Newark Mayor Cory Booker's ties with Silicon Valley is what 21st century corruption... More

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Contra Yglesias, newspapers have lost readers to the Web

Junk traffic and loyal readers, yet again

Writing about newspapers and the Internet, Matthew Yglesias manages to be both crushingly obvious and wrong at the same time.... More

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Audit Notes: The Bezos Post

Little early information in the wake of an epic media earthquake

Jack Shafer of Reuters hits on something I've been thinking about recently: What newspapers can do to capitalize on their... More

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Jeff Bezos’s landmark purchase of the Washington Post

We’ve now officially entered the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse—for good or ill

There must be a dozen serious, fascinating implications of the jaw-dropping news that the Graham family is selling the Washington... More

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Required skimming: Fed watchers

Keeping an eye on the Federal Reserve

This month, CJR presents "Required Skimming," a daily miniguide to our staffers' beats and obsessions. If we overlooked any of... More

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Audit Notes: JPMorgan and FERC, no NYT dividend, SEC filings

LAT’s Hiltzik hits yet another Wall Street wrist-slap

Michael Hiltzik slams the Federal Electric Regulatory Commission for letting JPMorgan Chase off the hook with a $410 million fine,... More

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Female sportscasters are speaking up (NYT)

“[i]n the wake of the recent scandals, women have been driving the story, providing a perspective that their male counterparts simply cannot”

Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

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