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Bloomberg: The Real AIG Bonus Scandal

Bloomberg News has a great story today on how the government's AIG bailout not only preserved those infamous $165 million... More

The Core Question: What’s This Junk Really Worth?

Now that the details of Obama’s bad-assets are coming out, the back and forth begins. So far, Mr. Market likes... More

ABC Scoop: JPMorgan Still in the Gilded Bubble

Good reporting here by ABC News's I-team, led by Brian Ross, on multiple-time public-money recipient JPMorgan Chase's over-the-top plans for... More

WSJ’s Good Nuts-and-Bolts Reporting

The Journal, slogging through disclosure filings, writes today that AIG lobbied Congress nearly twice as much on taxes as it... More

NYT lets NBC’s Zucker Spin Away

I'd like to tweak the Times a bit for letting NBC/CNBC spin (read: lie) on Stewart vs. Cramer without calling... More

Journal: Credit Raters In Line for “Windfall”

The Journal has a smart story on page one today making the good point that the TALF program will result... More

NYT on the Staggering Manufacturing Economy

The Times this morning has an ominous look at the state of manufacturing worldwide. It uses a 129-year-old German plant... More

Bloomberg’s Naked-Short Story Shows Stretch Marks

If you want to get a controversy going on Web business sites, bring up naked shorting. So what will happen... More

NPR Shows Why Newspapers Should Charge Online

NPR on why it's canceling $100,000-a-year worth of newspaper subscriptions: NPR is strongly committed to the highest quality of journalism... More

Audit On the Air

Audit editor Dean Starkman went on KCRW's To the Point show yesterday to talk about AIG. Also appearing: Audit favorite... More

CNBC’s Kudlow: On-Air Lawbreaker?

Larry "Goldilocks" Kudlow just set a dollar bill on fire live on CNBC. I guess he's trying to compete for... More

Newsweek’s Irresponsible AIG Story

It's easier to slip a weak story past your editors when the subject is leading the news, it's almost universally... More

On My Way to Glenn Beck’s Doom Bunker

I've feared that for a year now that doing the Twitter thing would be the tipping point for me—one that... More

The Times Tweaks the Sage of Omaha

If there's a golden calf in capitalism—and by extension, its press—it's Warren Buffett. Hey, if you're going to have one,... More

Journal Keeps the Heat on Exec Pay

The WSJ provides a nice guided tour of executive pay in 2008, stopping along the way to point out CEO's... More

Leonhardt vs. Sorkin: Outside the Bubble

Yesterday, the NYT's Andrew Ross Sorkin wrote a dog of a column arguing that AIG should get to keep its... More

WSJ’s Berman Calls Out the LBO’s

A tip of the hat to the Journal's Dennis Berman for his column today on the private-equity industry. Remember them?... More

Time: CNBC Is Us (on Steroids)

My colleague Liz Cox Barrett points to a really good piece by James Poniewozik in Time on the meaning of... More

Sorkin: Contracts Sacrosanct, Except When They’re Not

An astute reader writes to point out that the NYT's Andrew Ross Sorkin wasn't all for the sacrosanctity of contracts... More

Sorkin and the Straw Man

A big thumbs down to the Times's Andrew Ross Sorkin for his poorly reasoned column this morning on why we... More

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins - A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud - A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies


The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

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