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Audit Interview: Mark Maremont

“Journalism, unfortunately—and even more these days—seems to be backward-looking.”

Mark Maremont is one of The Wall Street Journal's top investigative reporters (and a senior editor), focusing much of his... More

The Big Money on Michael Lewis

The Big Money, Slate's business site, runs a nice appreciation of Michael Lewis by its reporter Chadwick Matlin. Matlin not... More

Biz Press Largely Misses the TARP News

The financial press way underplays a report by the TARP oversight panel that Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson lied to the... More

Clueless Quote of the Day

From a Journal story about how Wall Street is canceling junkets to luxury resorts. The Morgan Stanley decision comes as... More

This Post Has Nothing to Do with the Crisis

And now for a much-deserved break from all the bad news. The Journal runs a terrific "ahed"—the name for the... More

WSJ Dominating the BofA Story

The Journal has an excellent tick-tock on the deal between Merrill and Bank of America, showing how the government stared... More

The Times Looks at Executive Perks

The New York Times takes a good look this morning at the excessive executive perks yet to be wrung out... More

Markopolos the Media Critic

It's, ahem, interesting to see Hero Harry Markopolos's take on Murdoch as the Journal takeover was proceeding. This in an... More

Markopolos and the Journal

The whistleblower says he called with a tip

Gary Weiss is all over a bit of news this morning that Harry Markopolos, the Madoff whistleblower tried to get... More

Wake Up, Wall Street and Washington

Steven Pearlstein has a good take in the Washington Post on the reckoning that's starting to dawn on the power... More

Trade Skepticism Gets an Airing

It's all too rare to see skepticism of free trade in the business press, much less a full-throated attack on... More

CNBC Gets the Munchies

Legalizing pot and looking within

Watching CNBC, I was about to get ticked about the incessant reporting over the Michael Phelps smoking dope story. Who... More

Dowd Rips the Street

I'm no Maureen Dowd fan (and even less of a Tom Friedman one), but I have to applaud her column... More

Great Times Piece on Wall Streeters’ Shame

The Times has an amusing story this morning on what it's like for Wall Streeters now that they're goats instead... More

The Protectionism Bogeyman

There's a movement afoot in the financial press, especially in globalist publications like The Wall Street Journal and Financial Times,... More

Reports of the Malls’ Death Are Greatly Exaggerated

The Times on Sunday tossed off a variation of that old journalism standby, "The Death of the Mall," going to... More

Seattle P-I: Feds Knew About Widespread Mortgage Fraud

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer's days may be numbered, but it's still got some scrap. It put out a nice story the... More

“Populist” or Just the Truth?

I have a nit to pick with the Times's lead story today about Obama calling Wall Street's $18.4 billion in... More

Don’t Blame Us!

It's time for a quote of the day. This from a good Bloomberg story about Davos participants in denial about... More

How One Job Loss Cascades Through the Economy

I love this story in the Journal's Currents section today. My former colleague Ben Casselman traces the economic impact of... More

16 women whose digital startups deserve Vox-level plaudits - A look at the media entrepreneurs who aren’t grabbing headlines

Why was ‘Dasani’ shut out of the Pulitzers? - 5 problems with The New York Times’ ambitious, influential series on the life of one homeless Brooklyn girl

The AP downplays its Obamacare scoop - Repeal on deductible caps marks another step in The Great Cost Shift

The enduring pull of mag covers - Why do magazine cover images still hold so much cultural power in this decline-of-print era?

Michael Wolff’s digital media bloopers - The Newser founder trolls (other) digital-news companies


The shirt on your back

How did the clothes you’re wearing get to you? We trace the human cost of the Bangladeshi garment industry in video, words and pictures

Anxious royalist

Fantastic letter in The Times

Coming out as a porn star

How do you tell your family and friends?

The truth about Google X

A look behind the secretive lab’s closed doors

New Jersey’s good government

Despite the bridge scandal, Chris Christie’s state is relatively transparent and accountable. CJR’s Greg Marx talks to Gordon Witkin

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