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Bloomberg Gets a Scoop on a Too Big to Fail Tax

Bloomberg reports today that the Obama administration—or at least parts of it—are planning to levy fees on giant financial institutions... More

The Times on the Real Unemployment Crisis

The New York Times David Leonhardt this morning shines a spotlight on the real conditions in the labor markets—ones that... More

Audit Interview: James L. Bothwell

The author of a definitive ‘94 GAO derivatives report talks about industry pushback and financial-press complacency

A few months back, The Audit's Elinore Longobardi took a a long look at how the press failed in its... More

Time Gets the Stimulus Wrong

I wrote yesterday that The Wall Street Journal had been too accommodating of White House spin on stimulus spending. Today,... More

Obama Spins New Stimulus Spending Line into the WSJ

The Journal this morning regurgitates some abject spin from the White House on the economy. It's clearly part of a... More

Journal: Option ARMs Doing Worse than Subprime

The Journal has an interesting little news story this morning on option adjustable-rate mortgages, reporting that these time bombs now... More

Bloomberg’s Weil Asks the Right Questions on Goldman

Jonathan Weil zeroes in on the incredible statement by the prosecutor in the Goldman Sachs code-theft case that if Goldman's... More

Slate Takes on the Prosperity Gospel Peddlers

Slate is good to take a fresh look, in the second year of the financial crisis, at the "Prosperity Gospel,"... More

NYT’s Norris Lets Beazer and Justice Have It

Floyd Norris has a tough column this morning on Beazer Homes and the government letting it off the hook for... More

CNBC’s Santelli and the $1,300 YOU Can Get Rich Trading! Seminar

Probably not a good idea

I had to do a double-take when I saw CNBC's Rick Santelli on a Web site hawking a $1,300 "how... More

USA Today Hits the Overdraft Racket Hard

USA Today has a superb story this morning that latches onto the overdraft-charges story and takes it into new territory.... More

Guardian’s Big Scoop on Scandal at News Corp. Tab

The story raises serious questions for the CEO of WSJ parent Dow Jones

The Guardian unloaded a big-time scoop today that News Corp. paid more than $1.6 million to settle phone-hacking cases by... More

Reuters: Bureaucrats Fighting Consumer Agency to Protect Turf

Getting a Consumer Financial Protection Agency passed is going to be hard enough, given how the still-extremely-powerful banking industry has... More

The LA Times’s Incomplete Swipe at Credit Cards

The LA Times columnist David Lazarus reports this morning that credit-card companies are doing an "end run" around impending regulation... More

A Code Theft at Goldman Is a Tantalizing Story

Reuters' Matthew Goldstein broke a fascinating story on Sunday, reporting that a Goldman Sachs computer programmer stole at least part... More

The WSJ Gives Its Well-Off Readers a Glimpse of Poverty

It may seem obvious, but not everybody gets that increasing government safety nets during a downturn pumps money directly into... More

The FT Finds Wall Street Up to Its Old Tricks

And dog bites man, but it’s still important news

The Financial Times led its front page with a major story today on the return of those dread words "financial... More

The AP Is Too Optimistic on Obama’s Too Big To Fail Plans

The Associated Press looks at Obama's regulatory-reform plan and finds reason for hope on its approach to tackling Too Big... More

Miami Herald Finds Florida Fudged for Stanford

The Miami Herald has a great investigation on the Allen Stanford scandal, reporting that a Florida regulator allowed the conman... More

Amplifying the Drumbeat on the “Overdraft Protection” Racket

The issue picks up momentum in the financial press

It's The New York Times turn to do a nice story on "overdraft protection" practices. The Journal had one yesterday... 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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