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Too Big to Fail, Too Big to Succeed, Too Few to Compete

Barry Ritholtz of The Big Picture takes on a relative of the "too big to fail" mess: what he calls... More

WSJ Continues to Hype Congressional Expenses Non-Story

I've been somewhat baffled by the Journal's repeated page-one stories on congressional expenses. So far they've turned up just about... More

More on the Journal’s Banking-Lobby Story

Andrew Leonard of Salon makes a nice catch on the Journal's bank-lobbying story this morning, one I read right by—perhaps... More

The Times Finds Countrywide (BofA) Up to Its Old Tricks

The New York Times's page one today is loaded with business stories. My favorite is Peter S. Goodman's excellent one... More

More on Why Kindle Doesn’t Work for Newspapers

It's good to see Jeff Bercovici land on his feet after Portfolio's demise. At Daily Finance, he quotes News Corp.... More

The Journal Continues to Focus on the Banking Lobby

I've been impressed recently by the business press's—particularly The Wall Street Journal's—reporting on the aggressive lobbying by the financial industry... More

WSJ: Citi Severs Huge Severance Packages

There's been a common-sense sighting on Wall Street. The Journal scoops that Citigroup is refusing to pay tens of millions... More

WaPo Circles Back on Cox’s SEC

I criticized the press last month for burying a blistering General Accountability Office report on the incompetence of Christopher Cox's... More

It’s the Times’s Turn on the Wall Street Rear Guard

The Journal did some three-yards-and-a-cloud-of-dust work last week on Wall Street's retrograde lobbying efforts—particularly to keep credit-default swaps from being... More

Bloomberg (News) Takes the 2,3 Train to Wall Street

It finds the Metropolitan Transit Authority massively overpaid for a big bond issue

Here's a great piece of watchdog journalism from Bloomberg, reporting that the Metropolitan Transit Authority sold a bond issue far... More

WSJ Keeps a Close Watch on the Wall Street Lobby

The Wall Street Journal scoops that Wall Street is up to its old tricks. It's lobbying against greater transparency rules... More

Pearlstein Hammers the OCC

Steven Pearlstein wrote a brutal column yesterday on John Dugan, the Comptroller of the Currency. Dugan is complaining that FDIC... More

“Green Shoots” Are About to Get Swamped

A second wave of foreclosures is coming, and the media need to watch out

I get the sense that the press is becoming a bit too sanguine about the economy's prospects, something that could... More

A Mightn’t Wind Blows at the Journal

There's a noticeable tic showing up in Wall Street Journal copy in recent months. All of a sudden, the very... More

Nut Says Moon Is Made Of Cheese, Bloomberg Reports

The investor-guru story is an annoying staple of business journalism. These piece often report that "Bill Gross says this" or... More

An Inoculation for Wall Street Outrage Fatigue

After all we've learned in the last couple of years, are you still capable of being astonished at the behavior... More

The FT’s Kay Takes on “Too Big to Fail”

Financial Times columnist John Kay writes one of the best-reasoned explanations I've seen for why "too big to fail" can't... More

A Slap-Your-Head Bloomberg Column on Newspapers’ Decline

Kevin "Dow 36,000" Hassett, somehow has a column at Bloomberg. Occasionally I read it. As a media critic who writes... More

A Sin of Omission, Part Two

New York Times reporter Edmund Andrews responded to criticism of his book, and the issue made it to the paper's... More

Brooksley Born, Finally on the Record

The Washington Post gets the first interview with Brooksley Born since the crisis started and gives it a good run.... More

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks

Des Moines Register prepares for a ‘very stressful’ newsroom restructuring - Editor Amalie Nash speaks on turnover, transformation, and a virtual reality adventure

PBS pulls ads from Harper’s Magazine after critical essay - Piece argues public broadcaster has fallen under the sway of political influence and outside money

Should all journalists be on Twitter? - Reasons to take up or forgo the 140-character platform

The Tennessean is borrowing reporters from other Gannett papers - Music columnist Peter Cooper is latest journalist to part ways with Nashville paper


How one reporter copes inside the ‘Ebola bubble’ (BuzzFeed)

“Bring gloves to give nurses you meet at clinics, even if you’re there for a story. Get small change to give to the kids who have been out of school for months and are selling ground nuts for pitiful sums on the side of road. Hell, give them candy. Violate all the principles of ostensibly good aid stewardship, because the good stewardship of the developed world didn’t get help here in time, and now everyone is dying around you.”

Fake news sites using Facebook to spread Ebola panic (The Verge)

“These sites claim to be satirical but lack even incompetent attempts at anything resembling humor”

How Ben Bradlee dealt with flacks (Washington Post)

“I would like to be sure that you understand that we trust our editors’ news judgement and that we distrust yours”

Ben Bradlee, 93 (WaPo)

“From the moment he took over The Post newsroom in 1965, Mr. Bradlee sought to create an important newspaper that would go far beyond the traditional model of a metropolitan daily”

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