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Obama’s SEC Pick Under the WSJ Microscope

The Journal is excellent today covering Mary Schapiro, Obama's pick to head the SEC. The pick never engendered much enthusiasm,... More

Trade Plunges; Whither China?

The Journal fronts some interesting news this morning: Global trade is tanking, showing just how bad the U.S. economy is... More

A Couple of Misses on Citi

I've got a bone to pick with the coverage this morning of Citigroup's dismantling of itself. Nowhere in Bloomberg, the... More

To Sell Or Not to Sell

Carr and Jarvis on newspaper business models

David Carr makes a point that's so obvious but so anti-conventional wisdom that I think it bears a closer look:... More

WSJ Sees the Bright Side of Layoffs

The Journal reaches too far for a silver lining this morning, writing that, hey, even if tons of people are... More

The Post Rips the Bush Economy

The Washington Post is brutal this morning, as well it should be, in its post-mortem on eight years of the... More

The Journal’s Late Swing at Housing’s “Baghdad Bob”

There are a lot of folks who deserve some time in the public stocks for their doings during the housing... More

Audit Interview: Gretchen Morgenson

“You’ve got to keep hammering”

Gretchen Morgenson is a leader of what might be called the accountability school of business journalism—a school with, in our... More

LAT Scores on Health Insurance Scheme

The LA Times gets a nice win today in its series on health insurers. The paper has run a series... More

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

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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