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Audit Notes: Noonan and Morris on the IRS, free Internet, Guardian gains

The Woodward and Bernstein of the bogus Tea Party tax scandal

At this point, the right's Woodward and Bernstein are Peggy Noonan and Dick Morris, and that says about all you... More

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Art Laffer + PR blitz = press failure

The media types up the retail lobby’s propaganda

Here's the headline of a USA Today op-ed in Thursday's paper: Arthur B. Laffer: Collect more sales taxes Say what?... More

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Roddy Boyd exposes a hedge-fund fraud

A scam for the social-media age

Roddy Boyd has the business read of the week with his dynamite investigation into Anthony Davian, the social-media loving hedge-fund... More

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Elizabeth Warren, the antidote to CNBC

The senator schools the talking heads on bank regulation

Elizabeth Warren on CNBC is my kind of TV: The plain-spoken brilliance of the Okie-gone-Harvard versus the savvy hectoring of... More

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A McDonald’s own-goal on wages

Accidentally exposing the fallacy of its own personal-finance advice to workers

In her book Pound Foolish: Exposing the Dark Side of the Personal Finance Industry, Helaine Olen writes about how the... More

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Wall Street asset-strips Tribune’s newspapers

A Ken Doctor scoop shows a planned spinoff endangering the papers’ future

Tribune Company, which emerged from bankruptcy six months ago, announced last week that it will spin off its declining newspapers... More

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Fortune’s Nina Easton plumps for Walmart in DC

Retail employment is a zero-sum game

The argument that if a company doesn't get its way, X number of jobs will disappear is an old canard... More

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The OC launches a newspaper war in the LBC

Aaron Kushner’s Orange County Register starts a daily Long Beach edition

Aaron Kushner, the newspaper industry's almost impossibly contrarian would-be savior, is launching a newspaper war with the MediaNews-owned Press-Telegram in... More

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Reuters feeds the robots two-second scoops

The New York AG probes the selling of early access to market-moving information

The University of Michigan's market-moving reports on consumer confidence used to only be available via a $4,750 annual subscription paid... More

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Geithner cashes in on Wall Street

Deutsche Bank, recipient of $8.5 billion bailout, coughs up $200,000 for a speech

The Financial Times reports that former Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner—Wall Street's (main) man in the Obama White House—is already cashing... More

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Audit Notes: Amazon watch, the Capitalist Tool, WSJ and Pinochet

NYT finds the dominant bookseller reining in the discounts in some areas

Amazon has long employed predatory pricing to establish market dominance. And in Monopoly 101, cornering a market allows you to... More

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Rupert Murdoch knew about his papers’ bribes culture

An explosive secret tape from CEO’s crisis chat with arrested Sun journalists

At long last we now have indisputable evidence that Rupert Murdoch knew about the culture of criminality at his newspapers:... More

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Crank lands positive BizWeek profile

The magazine lets David Stockman off easy

David Stockman is the former Reagan budget director and private-equity executive who paid $7.2 million in 2007 to make some... More

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ProPublica probes the temp agencies

A lopsided power equation encourages abuses

Deep in its investigation of the temp industry, ProPublica prints this 1971 ad for "Kelly girls": Here's the text: Never... More

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Audit Notes: Boston Globe bids, WSJ flops at BuzzFeed, News Corp.

A 94 percent fall in value over twenty years

Bloomberg News gets some details on The New York Times's impending sale of The Boston Globe and Worcester Telegram &... More

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Oxford on paying for news online

Young people are far more likely to pony up than older readers

Oxford's Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism put out a digital-news survey recently that's well worth your time. It... More

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Audit Notes: HuffPost terrible on Hastings, Fox touts, Advance PR

Terrible news judgment adds fuel to conspiracy theories about the journalist’s death

The Huffington Post publishes a deeply irresponsible story on the death of the journalist Michael Hastings with this headline: Was... More

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The IRS scandal unwinds

And Peggy Noonan pushes crazy conspiracy theories in the WSJ

The IRS Tea Party "scandal" has taken a couple of body blows in the last week. First, it emerged that... More

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The newspaper plunge slows

But paywall strategies and new business are still not enough to offset print ad declines

The newspaper industry found an extra $6 billion in its couch cushions last year. That's not new revenue, unfortunately—just newly... More

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Tocqueville and regulation

Niall Ferguson pines for the laissez-faire days of a relatively primitive society

Dean Baker slices up Niall Ferguson's latest op-ed in The Wall Street Journal—this one about how over-regulated the U.S. supposedly... 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


A First Look update (First Look Media)

“[R]ather than immediately launching a large collection of digital ‘magazines’ based on strong, expert journalists with their own followings, as we imagined earlier, we’ll begin by building out the two we’ve started and then explore adding new ones as we learn”

The White House deploys minders to interviews all the time (WaPo)

“Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between reporters and the proverbial ‘senior administration officials’ is conducted in the presence of a press staffer”

The down-and-dirty history of TMZ (BuzzFeed)

“TMZ’s real engine — what defines its mission, what legitimizes it and sets it apart — is a unique and controversial mix of scandal mongering and investigative journalism”

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.”

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Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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