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Bloomberg Finds Conflicts of Interest in Debtland

Bloomberg News is excellent this morning looking at yet another problem caused by the giant, unregulated credit-default swaps market. First... More

False Balance in the Times

This unfortunate lede mars an otherwise solid story in the NYT today on how former Countrywide executives are now snatching... More

NYT Charts the Recession

I really like this David Leonhardt column in the Times on who and where the recession is impacting most. It's... More

TARP Carp Is Hardly Convincing

Daniel Gross over at Slate calls out the banks whining that the TARP billions they took are tying them down.... More

The Journal Outside the Bubble

The Wall Street Journal has an excellent page-one story this morning exposing Merrill Lynch's top earners of 2008. It's another... More

Fortune’s Most Admired Banks

1. Bank of America. Because you've got to admire a company that apparently makes it through the crisis only to... More

Who Could Have Seen This Coming?

CNBC is now scrambling to undo the damage caused by Rick Santelli's outburst and NBC's aggressive promotion of the harangue.... More

AIG and the $19 Trillion

The Times's Andrew Ross Sorkin has an interesting column based on an AIG document he got hold of that spells... More

ProPublica Advances OTS Story

John Reich's tenure at The Office of Thrift Supervision was dismal. We've known that for a while. The Washington Post... More

The Times’s Incredibly Uninteresting Google Feature

I confess I just couldn't bring myself to read the jump of yesterday's 2,600 word New York Times piece on... More

Nocera Explains the AIG Scandal

Joe Nocera's column in the Saturday Times is an excellent explanation of how sick the business practices were at AIG... More

Fortune: Pimco Too Big to Fail?

I'm big on the common-sense idea that if a company is too big to fail that means it should have... More

Norris on the Fed’s Culpability

Floyd Norris makes some very good points about the Federal Reserve this morning in The New York Times, noting that... More

Audit Interview: Mark Pittman

“This is a defining moment for business journalism and for Wall Street.”

(UPDATE, November 29, 2009: Mark died a couple of days ago. It's a huge loss and we'll have more on... More

Hurray for the Dolans!

Those are words I never thought I'd write. Cablevision is going to start charging readers to view its content, according... More

What Took You So Long, Gannett?

Gannett, the biggest newspaper chain, has finally cut its dividend, and in a major way. It's a long overdue move... More

Reuters on the Scope of Unrest in Europe

Reuters has a nice roundup of unrest in Europe—much of it labor protests—it says is being caused by the financial... More

Wired and the Math Formula of Doom

A hit, followed by a miss

Part of the problem in explaining the genesis of the financial crisis is that much of it was just so... More

One Black Swan You’ll Never See

Nassim Nicholas Taleb of Black Swan fame has a provocative column this morning in the Financial Times—a little too provocative.... More

Journal Inside the Citi Mess

The Journal has a very readable story this morning on the tensions between Citigroup and the government. It shows the... 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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