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The Corruption Thing

Portfolio's new issue contains an interesting piece by Gary Weiss comparing the problems on Wall Street with the extensive corruption... More

Post Shines on Unemployment Disputes

The Washington Post has a great story today looking at how employers are fighting ex-employees' unemployment claims in record numbers.... More

Must-Read of the Day

Martin Wolf of the Financial Times is on fire over the Geithner/Obama bailout plan. I thought Wolf's lede was over-the-top... More

Auletta on the Newspaper Death Watch

Ken Auletta makes some sharp comments on the perilous state of the news industry in a Q&A with The Boston... More

WaPo’s Pearlstein Sticks It to Wall Street

But good

Steven Pearlstein has an excellent column today ripping Wall Street for still not getting it. He leads with six columns... More

Odds & Ends

This one-source story in the NYT today bothers me. It's got some analysis, but not much. Couldn't find one independent... More

CNBC’s Bear Trap

CNBC paired noted bears Nouriel Roubini and Nassim Nicholas Taleb yesterday in what could have been a very good arrangement.... More

A-Rod, the WSJ, and A1

Why is a huge headshot of Alex Rodriguez taking up half the above-the-fold space on page one of my Wall... More

LA Times Finds California Farms Not Hiring

The LA Times has a very interesting story about how the recession is causing a surplus of farm labor in... More

The Times on the Times

The New York Times's media reporter Richard Perez-Pena plows into the minefield to look at his own company's prospects for... More

Journal Is Wide-Eyed on a Potential Rebound

The Journal is too contrarian for the sake of it in an Outlook column positing that the economy could be... More

NYT Catches Up with the Stock Analysts

Stock analysts have been overlooked in this crisis, despite having a prominent role in the last stock crash just eight... More

Chart of the Day

Karen Tumulty at Time posts this chart from Speaker Pelosi showing how much worse the job losses have been in... More

Wilke Was Itching to Go After the Madoff Story

CORRECTION: In this post I said the Madoff story got caught up in the "Journal's labyrinthine editorial structure." In fact,... More

More on Madoff and the Journal

Jason Linkins of The Huffington Post runs through the email correspondence between Madoff's would-be slayer Harry Markopolos and WSJ reporter... More

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

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

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

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

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


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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