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Footnoted Ferrets Out Legg Mason Foolishness

The excellent business site Footnoted, run by Michelle Leder, makes a nice catch today on executive compensation. Leder's m.o. is... More

The Journal Overplays Its Harvard Scooplet

I can't figure out why this Harvard endowment story is on page one of the Journal this morning. Two managers... More

LA Times Superb on Modern-Day Grapes of Wrath

The Los Angeles Times has a standout story today—one of the best pieces I've read in a long, long time.... More

“Too Big to Fail” Gets Big Play in the NYT

Morgenson, Dash, and Krugman all consider the issue

I was glad to see three pieces in the The New York Times or on its website this weekend about... More

John Gruber Analyzes Journal Sourcing on (Steve) Jobs

John Gruber of Daring Fireball has a smart analysis of the journalism behind the Journal's big scoop this weekend that... More

WSJ: Hedge Fund Lobbying Soars

The Journal this morning continues its good watchdog reporting on the lobbying efforts by the business-as-usual crowd. It looks at... More

Bloomberg, McClatchy Look at the Coming Option ARM Wipeout

“Green shoots” or no, the next couple of years look grim

A few weeks ago, I wrote that the press had become a bit too sanguine about all of the "green... More

Visualizing the Bailouts

You've got to see this. Barry Ritholtz of The Big Picture asked Jess Bachman of the excellent information-graphics site Wallstats... More

Starkman Profiles Morgenson

Audit Chairman Dean Starkman has a big profile just out in The Nation of New York Times reporter and columnist... More

The Press Must Pay Extra Attention to Obama’s Fed Plan

One of the most obvious storylines for the next few weeks of regulatory-reform discussion is the Federal Reserve. The Obama... More

Fortune Swallows the Banks’ Baloney

I had to read this Fortune story a couple of times to make sure it was really as credulous as... More

Surreal Estate

Check out this great slideshow from Newsweek showing some of the physical legacy the bust has left on the landscape.... More

Nocera Blasts Obama’s Regulation Reform

Joe Nocera of The New York Times has the must-read of the day on Obama's regulation-reform plan. Let's just say... More

Stock Market Math for Journalists

Too many people are impressed by the recent surge in stock prices. Believe it or not, journalists are people, too!... More

Martin Wolf Speak, You Listen

Martin Wolf's weekly column alone is worth paying for a Financial Times subscription. Or if you visit FT.com just for... More

Where Credit Is Due

A Financial Times reporter explores how a JP Morgan invention spurred the financial crisis

Fool's Gold: How the Bold Dream of a Small Tribe at J.P. Morgan Was Corrupted by Wall Street Greed and... More

Rational on Rationing

David Leonhardt has an important column in The New York Times this morning looking at how the "rationing" buzzword is... More

The Economist on Banks’ Revisionist History

Applaud The Economist for a good dose of common sense, reminding bankers just how foolish they were and how close... More

The WSJ Questions Obama’s Securitization Fix

The Wall Street Journal this morning zeroes in on a critical aspect of the Obama administration's regulation proposals: What to... More

BusinessWeek Calls Out Obama on Reform

The most disturbing business news of recent weeks has been the resurgent confidence of the banking lobby, which is scrapping... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


The 10 worst New Yorker longreads (Gawker)

“[A]pparently [Adam] Gopnik did not know you could bake fancy breads from France and other cultures. So he got his mom to teach him how to bake them. A fine anecdote, maybe, to tell a friend or a therapist. But in this case he wrote about it for the New Yorker, a magazine.”

Insufferable parenthetical asides, ranked (The Hairpin)

18. (strictly for the mise-en-scene)

You are now entering the demented kingdom of William T. Vollmann (TNR)

“Franzen tells a hilarious story of being a young writer in New York, meeting Vollmann, becoming fast friends, and inaugurating a draft swap. A while later, they exchanged work. Franzen gave Vollmann a dozen chiseled pages. Vollmann gave Franzen an entire novel.”

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