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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

Busting the Boiler Rooms: It’s About Time

The New York Times reports today that officials are gearing up for a flood of prosecutions against the mortgage fraud... More

How About a Light-Hearted Banking Story?

This comes from my home-state paper, The Daily Oklahoman. This is the lede: If you’d like to earn 5.25 percent... More

“Cramer vs. Not Cramer”

CNBC’s court jester faces off with Jon Stewart

So CNBC's Jim Cramer has agreed to sit down with Jon Stewart and The Daily Show on Thursday in what... More

Leonhardt on the Looters

Arguing that financiers’ government “put” caused the crisis

The New York Times's David Leonhardt has the must-read of the day today. He focuses an early 1990s research paper... More

Fortune and the Christian Chicken Companies

I'd like to peck Fortune for a funny error in a story trying to be cute about chicken companies and... More

FT Excels on Complexity and Capitalism’s Future

The Financial Times is running a very good (so far) series it calls "The Future of Capitalism" this week. At... More

Journal with a Good Angle on the NYT Deal

The Journal's Heard on the Street column has a valuable look at The New York Times Company's financial straits today.... More

Housing Columnist Hasn’t Learned from the Bubble

Can you spot the problem here? ...would you sell the rights to future appreciation to an investor who also is... More

Working the AIG Beat

The Journal's good scoop this weekend on the AIG counterparties is somewhat furthered today by Fortune's Carol Loomis. And now... More

NPR, Starkman on the Pre-Crisis Press Coverage

David Folkenflik of NPR looked this morning at how the media performed in the runup to the crisis, and The... More

Laughing Down the Prophets

I ran across this clip last week, and think it's a pretty eye-opening example of how bears and outliers are... More

Bloomberg Looks at Merrill’s $34 Million Man

Bloomberg keeps the Andrea Orcel story alive with a nice piece today. Orcel is the Merrill Lynch banker who took... More

WSJ Exposes Corruption at the FDA

The Journal on page one today shines a bright light on some shady doings at the FDA, finding that Democratic... More

It’s Obama’s Bear Market, Says Bloomberg

We've seen a meme spreading like a fungus in the press, mostly on the editorial/analysis/commentator side so far, blaming Barack... More

Transparency for AIG Gets a Boost

Lawmakers are finally getting seriously ticked off at the Federal Reserve for concealing who is really benefiting from the bailout... More

Remains of the Day

-- A couple of professors in an NYT op-ed make a convincing case that the Obama/Geithner housing bailout is doomed... More

Journal Writes, Journal Gets Results

It was just yesterday that we saw the WSJ's impressive effort tracking down the bonus babies at Merrill Lynch, who... More

The Daily Show Eviscerates Santelli and CNBC

Criticism of both lands bruising blows

In the annals of business-press criticism, we are humbled to have to admit that there may have never been anything... More

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

Reporters fail to capture implications of pension provision - A ‘big shift’ tucked into the spending bill goes under-examined

The New Republic: A public trust or a business? - How Chris Hughes turned a 100-year-old publication into a “product”

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014

The problem with sharing uncredited photos - “Just because you put something on the internet does not give people the right to steal it”


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

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