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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

“Mean Street,” Indeed

We've been talking a lot about the bubble lately. Not that bubble: This bubble: So, I couldn't let this go... More

Starkman on The NewsHour

Audit chieftain Dean Starkman made an appearance on The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer on Friday to discuss the performance of... More

The Press Wins One on AIG

After six months, we finally know who got backdoor bailouts from the AIG rescue, and how much they got—$105 billion,... More

Cramer v. Stewart Coverage Largely Misses

The show capped a signal moment in the crisis

There's not much to say about Cramer v. Stewart that hasn't already been said elsewhere. It seems everyone, everywhere is... More

ProPublica Blogs the Stimulus

I really like this idea from the non-profit investigative-journalism folks at ProPublica: Bird-dog the hundreds of billions of dollars in... More

Bloomberg’s Weil Blows Up Moody’s

Jonathan Weil has a must-read column over at Bloomberg on Moody's, the credit-ratings giant that is one of the biggest... More

Live From the Madoff Trial: A Gas Run

The Journal has a mega-blowout headline on its Web site on the Madoff guilty plea. But when I clicked the... More

Black Helicopters Spotted at WSJ Sister Network

Glenn Beck and Fox go way, way off the deep end

The economic crisis has most of us worried about a lot of things. How will I retire? How will I... More

The ethics of The Guardian’s Whisper bombshell - It would have been a journalistic lapse not to have told readers

Gawker: The internet bully - Nick Denton’s media empire is an intellectual online fraternity that invites people to their parties only to make them buy the booze

The Washington Post short-sells a reporter’s integrity - Steven Pearlstein smears TheStreet’s Adam Feuerstein for criticizing a biotech firm

Former Sun-Times staffers react to top reporter’s resignation - “Whereas we don’t have all the answers, we have way too many questions about what happened here”

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks


Which news org is the most trusted? (Pew)

The answer is complicated

‘My Captivity’ (NYT Mag)

An American journalist on his two-year kidnapping in Syria

FBI faked an AP story, in Seattle Times style, to catch a suspect (Seattle Times)

“‘We are outraged that the FBI, with the apparent assistance of the US Attorney’s Office, misappropriated the name of The Seattle Times to secretly install spyware on the computer of a crime suspect,’ said Seattle Times Editor Kathy Best”

How one reporter copes inside the ‘Ebola bubble’ (BuzzFeed)

“Bring gloves to give nurses you meet at clinics, even if you’re there for a story. Get small change to give to the kids who have been out of school for months and are selling ground nuts for pitiful sums on the side of road. Hell, give them candy. Violate all the principles of ostensibly good aid stewardship, because the good stewardship of the developed world didn’t get help here in time, and now everyone is dying around you.”

Bloggingheads

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

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