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The Journal After Murdoch

The latest issue of our magazine is out, and the first piece we've put online is Liza Featherstone's look at... More

BizWeek Takes on Confusing Contracts

BusinessWeek uses the administration's plan to crack down on credit-card companies as a jumping-off point to look at how it... More

Bloomberg Cuts Through the Corporate-Tax Spin

I like Bloomberg's tack on the Obama corporate-taxes story, reporting on real examples of tax avoidance—ones that counter Big Business's... More

John R. Wilke, Longtime Journal Reporter, Dies at 54

Investigated the nexus between business and politics

Longtime Wall Street Journal reporter John R. Wilke died of cancer this weekend and it's a big loss for financial... More

WSJ Exposes the New York Fed Chairman

The Journal fronts a scoop that the chairman of the New York Fed not only held Goldman Sachs shares in... More

Chrysler Cramdown in Context

If you read the coverage of the Chrysler bankruptcy a few days ago in The Wall Street Journal and The... More

Bloomberg Pushes Hard on Credit-Raters Story

Bloomberg has done a good job keeping the credit raters in the spotlight, and its latest story shines a harsh... More

WSJ’s Free iPhone App: Rupert “Displeased”

I wrote last week that The Wall Street Journal was screwing up by not charging for its swell new iPhone... More

NYT Muni-Bond Story Effects Quick Change

The good Times story on small-town Tennessee losing big on derivatives is getting quick results. The state is planning "revolutionary"... More

The Economy Is Much Worse Than the Numbers Say

Barry Ritholtz of The Big Picture said a couple of days ago that the abysmal GDP numbers, down 6.1 percent... More

Remember Eminent Domain? The Journal Does

Good for The Wall Street Journal for putting eminent domain back in the news. We haven't heard much about the... More

CDO Complexity in Context

Thought you were the only one who really doesn't understand collateralized debt obligations or, better yet, CDO-Squareds? Rest easy. No... More

Bloomberg: Schapiro’s FINRA Dumped Debt Early

Bloomberg has a good scoop on FINRA's, the financial industry's self-regulator, suspiciously well-timed exit from the auction-rated securities market. FINRA... More

The FT, Germany, and the Weimar Republic

This FT story seems like a reach to me. It reports that Germany is abuzz that the financial crisis resembles... More

WSJ Scoop on Citi’s $100 Million Man

The Journal has a nice scoop that Citigroup is begging the government to let it pay big bonuses to "key... More

Yet Another Reason to Dislike Securitization

The Rortybomb blog has an illuminating post on how the mortgage industry used credit scores to replace old-fashioned due diligence—and... More

Bronte Capital with a Major Scoop on Alleged Fraudster

John Hempton the excellent Aussie blogger who writes Bronte Capital appears to have a blockbuster of a scoop. A Connecticut... More

FDIC’s Pitch to End “Too Big to Fail”

Is it me or does it seem like FDIC Chairwoman Sheila Bair is about the only person in Washington who... More

NYT’s GM Lede Is in the Trunk

The New York Times leads its front page with news of the latest General Motors plan for its future, but... More

SEC Follows Journal’s Ponzi Story

Remember that awesome Wall Street Journal story a couple of weeks ago on the shady financier Danny Pang? It took... More

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

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