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Journal Finds More Regulatory Failures on Madoff

The Journal reports out the "serial regulatory failures" that allowed Bernard Madoff to perpetuate the bigges Ponzi scheme in history.... More

Audit Rewind: Elinore Longobardi’s Best of 2008

A handful of her picks from last year

1) The Great Man Theory and Hank Paulson The press often seeks out and artificially creates a Big Man in... More

Audit Rewind: Dean Starkman’s Best of 2008

A roundup of some of his favorites from 2008

1) The Anglo-ization of The Wall Street Journal Dean saw the Journal moving toward a more British/Australian style of journalism—one... More

Audit Rewind: Ryan Chittum’s Best of 2008

Looking back at the year that was in business journalism

1) My Foreclosure Two years into the housing bust, with millions put out of their houses, we sometimes go numb... More

OTS Mess Didn’t Come Out of Nowhere

The mini-scandal at the Office of Thrift Supervision is big news this morning. Apparently, a regulator allowed IndyMac to fudge... More

Tracing Wall Street’s WMDs

The Journal looks at how investments that were supposed to reduce risk by spreading it instead magnified it by spreading... More

Bush Smacks Back at NYT Story

The New York Times added another entry to its "The Reckoning" series yesterday, this one focusing on the Bush Administration's... More

Madoff’s Enablers

The Times takes a smart look at one of Bernie Madoff's biggest enablers that didn't have the initials S.E.C. Fairfield... More

Bloomberg Tough on Merrill’s Thain

Bloomberg has a tough look at John Thain, the CEO of Merrill Lynch who was brought into save the struggling... More

Did Tax Cuts Help Blow the Bubble?

The Times continues to try to lay bare the roots of the housing debacle. Today's story, part of its excellent... More

Audit Interview: Jack Dolan

“I didn’t see anybody else do what we did, and I’m absolutely certain they could have.”

We at The Audit have called on the press to do more reporting on the underbelly of the mortgage industry,... More

“With Its Heart Still Beating”

The Journal has an excellent front-page "leder" today on the other rich-dude fraud of the moment: Marc Dreier, who owned... More

Not-So-Sticky Wages at FedEx

Felix Salmon of Portfolio makes a good catch today about "sticky wages", which David Leonhardt of the Times wrote about... More

NYT Putting It All Together on Wall Street Pay

The NYT is just superb with its Wall Street-compensation story today: While top executives received the biggest bonuses, what is... More

More on Madoff from the Times

The Times adds some good reporting about Madoff, too. First of all, it says that he's not going to the... More

Journal on Top with Madoff/SEC Scandal

The Journal is besting its rivals on the Madoff story. Today it has a super page-one story that reveals that... More

WSJ Looks Into the Woes at Calpers

The Journal has a good story looking at the troubles at Calpers, the California state-pension system that's one of the... More

Bloomberg Stays on AIG

Bloomberg reports that more questions are being raised about AIG's books. It says it may cost the insurer another $30... More

The Bright Side of Deflation, Part Two

David Leonhardt of The New York Times also writes about falling prices today: The cost of fruits, vegetables, clothing and... More

The Bright Side of Deflation

David Lazarus has a nice column about wage stagnation in the Los Angeles Times, using the peg of falling prices... 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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