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Audit Notes: Amazon watch, the Capitalist Tool, WSJ and Pinochet

NYT finds the dominant bookseller reining in the discounts in some areas

Amazon has long employed predatory pricing to establish market dominance. And in Monopoly 101, cornering a market allows you to... More

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Rupert Murdoch knew about his papers’ bribes culture

An explosive secret tape from CEO’s crisis chat with arrested Sun journalists

At long last we now have indisputable evidence that Rupert Murdoch knew about the culture of criminality at his newspapers:... More

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Crank lands positive BizWeek profile

The magazine lets David Stockman off easy

David Stockman is the former Reagan budget director and private-equity executive who paid $7.2 million in 2007 to make some... More

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ProPublica probes the temp agencies

A lopsided power equation encourages abuses

Deep in its investigation of the temp industry, ProPublica prints this 1971 ad for "Kelly girls": Here's the text: Never... More

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Audit Notes: Boston Globe bids, WSJ flops at BuzzFeed, News Corp.

A 94 percent fall in value over twenty years

Bloomberg News gets some details on The New York Times's impending sale of The Boston Globe and Worcester Telegram &... More

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Oxford on paying for news online

Young people are far more likely to pony up than older readers

Oxford's Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism put out a digital-news survey recently that's well worth your time. It... More

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Audit Notes: HuffPost terrible on Hastings, Fox touts, Advance PR

Terrible news judgment adds fuel to conspiracy theories about the journalist’s death

The Huffington Post publishes a deeply irresponsible story on the death of the journalist Michael Hastings with this headline: Was... More

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The IRS scandal unwinds

And Peggy Noonan pushes crazy conspiracy theories in the WSJ

The IRS Tea Party "scandal" has taken a couple of body blows in the last week. First, it emerged that... More

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The newspaper plunge slows

But paywall strategies and new business are still not enough to offset print ad declines

The newspaper industry found an extra $6 billion in its couch cushions last year. That's not new revenue, unfortunately—just newly... More

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Tocqueville and regulation

Niall Ferguson pines for the laissez-faire days of a relatively primitive society

Dean Baker slices up Niall Ferguson's latest op-ed in The Wall Street Journal—this one about how over-regulated the U.S. supposedly... More

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The ax falls at The Oregonian (UPDATED)

The decline of what was one of the better regional newspapers

Not that long ago, The Oregonian was one of the better news organizations in the country. In 2008, Editor &... More

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Audit Notes: Fox tout, Newhouses’ interior decorators, stocks and flows

MarketWatch outs a corporate cousin’s contributor as a shill

MarketWatch's Charles Jaffe busts a contributor to corporate cousin Fox Business for taking big bucks to tout penny stocks. Jaffe... More

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The Advance Publications name game

The old Newhouse Pledge and the company’s corporate shuffle

The Oregonian is about to get Newhouse'd. As the billionaires' Advance Publications has rolled out its newspaper-liquidation plan across the... More

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Audit Notes: Goldman dissembles, Corporate taxes, Silicon Valley

Bloomberg View shreds the bank’s too-big-to-fail apology

Goldman Sachs issued a report recently claiming to debunk the fact that too-big-to-fail banks like itself get implicit taxpayer subsidies... More

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No, it’s not another housing bubble

Hysteria in pockets of the press over a long-awaited recovery

The top story in all the major papers on Wednesday was news that home prices jumped 11 percent in the... More

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Fortune goes long on Amazon and taxes

How the retailer manipulated a broken government system to get an unfair advantage

I've been following the Amazon tax-avoidance story for years now, and I haven't seen it better-told than it is on... More

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Audit Notes: The IRS story in context, Silicon Valley oligarchs

Necessary context from ProPublica and the NYT on the overblown scandal

The bulk of the IRS scandal press coverage has been seriously devoid of the kind of context that tells readers... More

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Bloggers for hire on a penny-stock pump and dump

The Motley Fool digs into a brazen and successful scheme to manipulate share prices

The Motley Fool's Brian Richards posts a fascinating look inside the pump and dump world of penny-stock promoters, reporting how... More

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OKC’s TV news excels in another disaster

Life-saving information before the tornado, essential reporting afterward

In Oklahoma, particularly in the springtime, dangerous weather is a part of life. And so are the local TV news... More

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Audit Notes: WSJ on the IRS, countering Kinsley, Cramer gets an ‘F’

The paper mishandles news on the Tea Party targeting story

Rupert Murdoch must have loved his Wall Street Journal front page on Saturday. Editors splashed this headline across the top... 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


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!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

Bloggingheads

Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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