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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

A Sin of Omission

The Atlantic finds an NYT memoirist withheld relevant information

Megan McArdle of The Atlantic digs up some embarrassing information on The New York Times's Edmund Andrews, and the scoop... More

Bloomberg Shines on TARP Repayments

This is why you've got to love Bloomberg's Mark Pittman. He takes a story, grabs on to the taxpayer angle,... More

breakingviews, Broken Logic

This breakingviews column just can't seem to make up its mind how to back up its assertion—perhaps because that assertion... More

Former Head of Pension Insurer Pleads the Fifth

Wow. The former head of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, Charles E.F. Millard, has pleaded the Fifth Amendment to a... More

State Farm Is There (for Your Blog)

The Journal looks at what's becoming an increasing issue: Bloggers getting sued for what they write. And it's not just... More

The Audit on the Radio

Audit host Dean Starkman makes an appearance on NPR's Talk of the Nation to discuss his giant story "Power Problem,"... More

BW Catches the Press Recycling Obama’s “News”

BusinessWeek has a smart piece of analysis on how the Obama administration's message control is playing out in the press.... 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


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!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

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