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Bloomberg Bird-dogs Transparency Issues

We at The Audit continue to be impressed with Bloomberg News's aggressive accountability journalism. Its pursuit of transparency in the... More

Good Madoff Scoop from the Times and Il Sole 24 Ore

A good Madoff scoop from the Times this morning is also interesting for how it came about: a collaboration with... More

Reporting the Stimulus Plan

Applaud the press for its coverage of the herky-jerky spending plans.

Does the press have a lot on its hands these days, or what? I've lost count of how many trillions... More

Breaking: 4 Minute Wait for Decaf at Starbucks

Talk about commodity news. We've gotten on the Journal before for its weird Starbucks obsession obsession, but today it goes... More

LAT Is Good on Foreclosures

The LA Times is excellent today on the dismal state of housing in California, the ground zero—one of them, anyway—of... More

Inside a Layoff

The Journal also has an excellent front-page "ahed" today—a first-hand, real-time look at the layoffs that are swamping the economy.... More

WSJ Crushes the Competition

The Journal dominates the John Thain/Merrill Lynch/Bank of America fiasco story today. Thain fired back at B of A yesterday,... More

Bloomberg Picks Apart Madoff “Enablers”

Bloomberg comes down hard on Madoff's so-called feeder funds, which it correctly labels "enablers" in its headline. If the 70-year-old... More

Thain Again

So now it's John Thain's turn to wave the knife. The Financial Times leads its page one this morning with... More

Times on the Move Toward Nationalization

The nationalization argument keeps picking up steam, and it keeps making sense—at least compared the other harebrained schemes that have... More

Journal with More on TARP

The Journal this morning has some good reporting on the failure of TARP to stimulate lending, its second very good... More

The Buddy Can You Spare a Dime Index

Reuters, via Atrios: Nasdaq OMX Group (NDAQ.O) said on Friday it will launch options trading on its three-week old Government... More

Say ‘Hey’ to WSJ on Pay

Credit The Wall Street Journal for some good number-crunching and analysis today on a hidden facet of executive pay, which—guess... More

Thain the Vain

And so now we have our Dennis Kozlowski, our Leona Helmsley of the current crisis. Thanks to Charlie Gasparino of... More

Audit Interview: Alan D. Mutter

“We have an enormous number of reporters today, especially at newspapers, who are reporting on the obvious.”

Alan D. Mutter is a veteran of the ink-stained days who in the two decades since he left as No.... More

WSJ Peeks Under the TARP

The Journal has some excellent reporting today on TARP and how political influence is playing out in who gets money.... More

Good Scoop by the FT

Merrill Lynch paid out about $4 billion in bonuses just days before Bank of America took it over, the Financial... More

Solid Post Reporting on Regulation

The Washington Post has a very good story this morning on bank regulation. It found that at least thirty banks... More

Roubini: Banks Are Insolvent

You know things are bad when an assertion like this doesn't seem that surprising at first glance: U.S. financial losses... More

Obama “Prepared” to Take on the Banks Mess?

The most pressing question for the new administration is what to do about the banks, which are again threatening to... 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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