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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

Why The New Yorker’s radical feminism and transgenderism piece was one-sided - “This effectively advances the views of a group that wants to see the genocide of trans women, a group that, data shows, faces extraordinarily high rates of discrimination in every measurable way”

Journalism groups rally around a petition supporting James Risen - The Supreme Court ruled against the NYT reporter, who is refusing to reveal sources

Why one editor won’t run any more op-eds by the Heritage Foundation’s top economist - A reply to Paul Krugman on state taxes and job growth made some incorrect claims

Gannett’s changes bring excitement, some pain, and a full-time beer beat - A conversation with Joshua Awtry, the chain’s top editor in the Carolinas

Build the future - Journalism’s deathwatch is over


Last call (Medium)

“The death of newspapers is sad, but the threatened loss of journalistic talent is catastrophic. If that’s you, it’s time to learn something outside the production routine of your current job.”

Maureen Dowd on James Risen (NYT)

“Risen may be trapped in Ibsen, but Obama is channeling Orwell”

Preparing yourself to cover chaos (Medium)

“There are things you should know before you show up, and you’re not going to find them in the current news cycle”

Journalists can get PTSD right at their desks (PSmag)

A new study correlates exposure to violent images with mental health symptoms

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