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Pearlstein Skewers Obama’s SEC Pick

Steven Pearlstein in the Washington Post is good to raise serious questions about Mary Schapiro, Obama's pick for SEC chairwoman.... More

The Journal Goes Frontline

A (mostly) well-done mini-documentary on the financial crisis

If you visited The Wall Street Journal's website yesterday, you saw it touting a three-part in-house video called “The End... More

Conflict-of-Interestism and Lewis/Einhorn

Over at the Instaputz blog, TS raises the potential conflict-of-interest factor in Michael Lewis's op-ed collaboration with hedge fundie/author David... More

WSJ’s Good Vehicle for Explaining Subprime Mess

Just wanted to make sure you saw this great A1 story in the Journal on Saturday. Reporter Michael M. Phillips... More

Bloomberg on the Dearth of Lending

Bloomberg has a story on the lack of lending that Michael Lewis and David Einhorn slapped Henry Paulson around for... More

Michael Lewis and David Einhorn on Long-Term Fixes

It's only Monday, but I'm pretty confident this piece in The New York Times yesterday will be the must-read of... More

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

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Female sportscasters are speaking up (NYT)

“[i]n the wake of the recent scandals, women have been driving the story, providing a perspective that their male counterparts simply cannot”

Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

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