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Morgenson rebuts the Geithner hosannas

The Treasury Secretary’s legacy in context

There's been an unsettling amount of hagiography in the last few weeks as top Obama financial regulatory officials departed and... More

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Bloomberg unearths an Italian bank scandal

Its story reverberates across Europe

Back in mid-January, Bloomberg's Elisa Martinuzzi and Nicholas Dunbar reported that Deutsche Bank helped Italy's third-largest bank, Monte Paschi, cover... More

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Audit Notes: the anti-liquidation newspaper model, NYT on digital media doings

Ken Doctor spotlights Aaron Kushner’s investment at the OC Register

Ken Doctor has a fantastic post up at the Nieman Lab on the Orange County Register, which has actually been... More

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China hacks the press

While the FBI probed whether it gave some traders an early look at government data

Yesterday The New York Times ran this remarkable story about how Chinese hackers, presumably aligned with the military, hacked into... More

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Frontline hits hard on the lack of crisis prosecutions

And a top DOJ official resigns the next day

We'd be remiss to not flag Frontline's outstanding investigation into the shameful failure of the Obama administration to pursue, much... More

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Reuters gets a scalp

Its fantastic reporting takes down Chesapeake CEO Aubrey McClendon

Reuters had already gotten results for its outstanding investigation into Chesapeake Energy and the conflicts of its swashbuckling CEO Aubrey... More

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Audit Notes: New Orleans newspaper intrigue, NYT numbers, CNET

The Manships are in talks about selling The Advocate

Baton Rouge's Manship family threw a wrench in the Newhouses' plans for the Times-Picayune when they launched a daily New... More

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Financial crisis bodies are still surfacing

Jesse Eisinger on a Morgan Stanley CDO scandal

If you think, going on six years after the onset of the financial crisis, that we've learned about all we're... More

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The press underplays the Geithner leak

A Fed president claims the now-Treasury Secretary gave inside information to Wall Street

Of all the things we expected to see in the 2007 Federal Reserve meeting transcripts released last week, Tim Geithner... More

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Audit Notes: mixed signals, Sam Zell’s phony equity, power shift

The Seattle Times flubs an inflation report

Deflation has set in in the Seattle area, according to a misleading Seattle Times story: This is awfully confusing. The... More

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Amazon takes a tax hit, finally

Reuters reports early signs that collecting sales taxes affected the company’s sales

Reuters reports that Amazon's fourth quarter results may take a hit from new laws that force it to collect sales... More

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Digital First goes the Newhouse route in upstate New York

In Oneida, the paper moves to three days a week, following the Post-Standard

The three-day-a-week newspaper model pioneered by Advance Publications in Michigan is now spreading to Digital First Media. The company will... More

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Reuters’s OKC gusher

Its outstanding Chesapeake Energy investigation turns toward the gas driller SandRidge

Reuters's reporting on Oklahoma natural gas giant Chesapeake Energy was some of the best corporate journalism of last year. Its... More

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Audit Notes: insider trading versus CDO fraud, 401(k)s, lead and crime

Rough treatment for inside-trading suspects contrasts with CDO probes

The contrast between how aggressively authorities have gone after inside-trading hedge fund impresarios and how softly they've tiptoed around Wall... More

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CBS’s CNET Fiasco

An egregious breach of editorial dependence damages its credibility

Last week, CNET picked Dish Network's Hopper with Sling, a DVR that can skip ads even more efficiently than other... More

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Audit Notes: The Big Lie of the crisis, Hubbard and Mozilo, institutions

The attempts to muddy the historical record continue

Jesse Eisinger has a good New York Times column skewering Edward Pinto, the American Enterprise Institute economist behind much of... More

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Geithner gets his exit hagiography

Soft Washington Post and New York Times coverage of the departing Treasury secretary

Speaking of hagiography, the Washington Post's Neil Irwin gives Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner his own parting kiss. This line sums... More

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Audit Notes: WSJ Libor scoop, Business Insider, reader revenue

Deutsche Bank made big money betting on the rigged rate

The Wall Street Journal posts an interesting page-one report on Deutsche Bank and the big profits it made betting on... More

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The Times gives the SEC’s Khuzami a parting kiss

The enforcement chief still gets the “new sheriff in town” treatment

It's at least easy to understand the logic, however icky, of the beat sweetener, that staple of news coverage that... More

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Audit Notes: NYT on AIG, subsidizing fraud, free logic

Probably a bit hyped

The New York Times scoops that AIG, recipient of a $180 billion bailout from taxpayers, will meet today to hear... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


The 10 worst New Yorker longreads (Gawker)

“[A]pparently [Adam] Gopnik did not know you could bake fancy breads from France and other cultures. So he got his mom to teach him how to bake them. A fine anecdote, maybe, to tell a friend or a therapist. But in this case he wrote about it for the New Yorker, a magazine.”

Insufferable parenthetical asides, ranked (The Hairpin)

18. (strictly for the mise-en-scene)

You are now entering the demented kingdom of William T. Vollmann (TNR)

“Franzen tells a hilarious story of being a young writer in New York, meeting Vollmann, becoming fast friends, and inaugurating a draft swap. A while later, they exchanged work. Franzen gave Vollmann a dozen chiseled pages. Vollmann gave Franzen an entire novel.”

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