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Applaud the Grahams, but acknowledge their failures

The praise gets a bit out of hand

The hosannas for Donald Graham got a bit out of hand in the wake of his sale of the Washington... More

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Audit Notes: Another Obama fraud stat unravels, doctor cartel, NYT

Bloomberg helps uncover wildly inflated mortgage prosecution numbers

Score one for the watchdogs at Bloomberg News, whose reporting helped force the Obama administration to admit that it touted... More

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Audit Radio: Dean Starkman, Bill Adair on Bezos

Interviewed by Minnesota Public Radio

Audit Chief Dean Starkman and PolitiFact founder Bill Adair, now a professor at Duke, talk to Minnesota Public Radio about... More

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Cory Booker’s Silicon Valley cash

An NYT story details how the Newark mayor uses his elite connections for personal gain

The New York Times's disturbing story on Newark Mayor Cory Booker's ties with Silicon Valley is what 21st century corruption... More

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Contra Yglesias, newspapers have lost readers to the Web

Junk traffic and loyal readers, yet again

Writing about newspapers and the Internet, Matthew Yglesias manages to be both crushingly obvious and wrong at the same time.... More

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Audit Notes: The Bezos Post

Little early information in the wake of an epic media earthquake

Jack Shafer of Reuters hits on something I've been thinking about recently: What newspapers can do to capitalize on their... More

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Jeff Bezos’s landmark purchase of the Washington Post

We’ve now officially entered the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse—for good or ill

There must be a dozen serious, fascinating implications of the jaw-dropping news that the Graham family is selling the Washington... More

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Audit Notes: JPMorgan and FERC, no NYT dividend, SEC filings

LAT’s Hiltzik hits yet another Wall Street wrist-slap

Michael Hiltzik slams the Federal Electric Regulatory Commission for letting JPMorgan Chase off the hook with a $410 million fine,... More

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Required skimming: Fed watchers

Keeping an eye on the Federal Reserve

This month, CJR presents "Required Skimming," a daily miniguide to our staffers' beats and obsessions. If we overlooked any of... More

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Big Mac numbers too good to check—or to correct

Fixes and non-fixes following a Huffington Post story

The Huffington Post has all but retracted the story on Big Macs and wages that I criticized here (as did... More

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The NYT’s $150 million-a-year paywall

Growth slows sharply, but digital-subscriber revenue is propping up the paper

The New York Times's once-torrid paywall growth continued to slow in the second quarter, adding 23,000 digital-only subscribers. That's the... More

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Audit Notes: The unbanked, Paolo Pellegrini, a debt collector pauses

The NYT on the minor mishaps keep people out of the banking system

You've read a lot about how Big Data can save the world and all that. You don't read much (at... More

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A Big Mac miss by The Huffington Post

Poor reporting on a “study” by a Kansas undergrad

The Huffington Post reports that McDonald's could double its workers wages by raising the price of a Big Mac by... More

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John Stossel’s poor logic on minimum wages and jobs

Fox host fails to explain away Australia’s high wages and low unemployment

Fox Business's John Stossel is a long-time opponent of the minimum wage. I don't mean he opposes raising the minimum... More

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Audit Notes: Robot truckers, Larry Summers, Detroit not America’s future

Computers take on a last haven of blue-collar jobs

The Wall Street Journal's Dennis Berman has an excellent piece on the future of the truck driver, whom he notes... More

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Audit Notes: Meredith Whitney’s press, Steve Forbes, revolving door

An aversion to the press, proclaimed amidst a press tour

Michael Aneiro of Barron's watches Meredith Whitney, the discredited Cassandra of the municipal-bond market, on CNBC. Whitney has been popping... More

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Minimum sense on the minimum wage

A WSJ op-ed from a front group for low-wage employers gets it very wrong

Minimum-wage earners make nearly a third less than minimum-wage earners did 45 years ago. But it's "intellectually bankrupt" to point... More

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Sympathy for the Walmart flack

How the PR-afflicted colossus pushes its “jobs” narrative on a credulous press

On some level you have to feel a little bad for the Walmart flack. You try polishing the image of... More

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The revolving door spins for Robert Khuzami

Former SEC enforcement chief lands a $5 million a year gig

Robert Khuzami made the big bucks as Deutsche Bank's general counsel for the Americas during the subprime securitization orgy, which... More

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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

New survey reveals everything you think about freelancing is true - Data from Project Word quantifies challenges of freelance investigative reporting

Why one editor won’t run any more op-eds by the Heritage Foundation’s top economist - A reply to Paul Krugman on state taxes and job growth made some incorrect claims

Why we ‘stave off’ colds - It all started with wine

The New Republic, then and now - Tallying the staff turnover at the overhauled magazine

Why serious journalism can coexist with audience-pleasing content - Legacy media organizations should experiment with digital platforms while continuing to publish hard news


The rise of feelings journalism (TNR)

“Bloom engaged in an increasingly popular style of writing, which I’ve discussed on my blog before, which I call “feelings journalism.” It involves a writer making an argument based on what they imagine someone else is thinking, what they feel may be another person’s feelings. The realm of fact, of reporting, has been left behind.”

Things a war correspondent should never say (WSJ)

“The correspondent retelling war stories surely knows that fellow correspondents had faced the same dangers or worse”

On WaPo trying to interview a cow (National Journal)

“‘I wasn’t milked on the White House lawn by a strange man,’ The Washington Post—the venerable institution that would later come to break the Watergate scandal and win 48 Pulitzers—quoted her, a farm animal, as saying”

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