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The battle of New Orleans

Is Advance Publications securing the future of local news—or needlessly sacrificing it?

In May, as the New Orleans Times-Picayune put to bed an epic, eight-part investigation into Louisiana's prison system, its... More

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More on that BusinessWeek cover

A firestorm over its unintentionally inflammatory art

My post on this unfortunate Bloomberg BusinessWeek cover touched off a wave of fury on the intertubes this morning. First,... More

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A BusinessWeek cover crosses a line

Minorities as greedy grotesqueries fueling a new housing bubble

Bloomberg BusinessWeek is a lot edgier than its predecessor, at least where design is concerned. Sometimes it's too edgy, like... More

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Commercialization of the academy: diet supplements edition

The LAT’s Hiltzik on professors who hawk Herbalife

The Herbalife story is a business-press feast. You've got warring billionaires, the words "Ponzi scheme" being thrown around, a televised... More

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Fortune on the French

France’s “unproductive labor force” is, in fact, quite productive

The abrasive tire CEO Maurice Taylor made news last week when he lashed out at French workers as "lazy" good-for-nothings.... More

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Audit Notes: Seattle paywall, private equity taxes, mortgage security fraud

The Seattle Times will charge online readers beginning next month

The Seattle Times is the latest paper to join the paywall movement. It looks like it's basically copying The New... More

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An eye on the Times-Picayune’s numbers

Some questions about what executives say are positive circulation trends

We'll have a long story on the Times-Picayune next week, but Publisher Ricky Mathews and Editor Jim Amoss released some... More

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Audit Notes: Hank the hero, Des Moines, Norwegian wood

The FT’s John Gapper reviews the former AIG CEO’s autobiography

John Gapper's Financial Times review of the new Hank Greenberg (the disgraced former AIG CEO, not the All Star baseball... More

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The Boston Globe, up for sale again

The Times goes all in on the Times

Back in 1993, The New York Times Company bought the Globe for about $1.8 billion (adjusted for inflation). Four years... More

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The New York Times and the rehabilitation of Steven Rattner

A monthly column not enough, the fallen former NYTer now gets the Sorkin treatment

The New York Times is declaring that disgraced private equity mogul Steven Rattner has gotten his reputation back in the... More

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Audit Notes: scoops and leaks, CNBC hardball, FT on Dow Jones CEO

The WSJ sniffs at a USA Today exclusive on Obama’s immigration plan

It's totally a shoe-leather scoop when you get the story. It's a "leak" when somebody else does. That's what The... More

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Audit Notes: due diligence, Elizabeth Warren, the Murdoch way

More evidence from private lawsuits on unprosecuted bank executives

The Seattle Times follows last week's reports on Dexia's lawsuit against JPMorgan Chase of fraud for its mortgage activities during... More

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Amazon’s German labor fiasco

A subcontractor employed neo-Nazi guards to patrol immigrant workers

The story of Amazon's treatment of workers took a sensational turn last week when German public television revealed that temporary... More

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Rubio and the Big Lie of the Crisis

The press fails to push back on the senator’s SOTU response whopper

The Big Lie of the Crisis keeps rearing its ugly head. The latest spotting: Senator Marco Rubio's response to Obama's... More

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Audit Notes: The FT does labor reporting, minimum wage, OC Register

An excellent look inside an Amazon warehouse in the UK

The Financial Times has an excellent story on the dystopian work culture at Amazon warehouses: Inside, hundreds of people in... More

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The NYT’s newspaper industry rarity: growth (UPDATED)

Its circulation strategy, led by the paywall, more than offsets ad losses in 2012

The New York Times's landmark metered paywall will be two years old next month, and it's already successful beyond anyone's... More

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Audit Notes: Libor Rain Man, fraud without fraudsters, George Will on TBTF

The Journal spotlights an RBS banker at the center of the scandal

The Wall Street Journal's David Enrich has some great reporting on Tom Hayes, the RBS banker at the center of... More

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Audit Notes: Wall Street fraud and coverup

JPMorgan “flouted quality controls and ignored problems, sometimes hiding them entirely”

The New York Times has a tough report on newly uncovered emails that show Jamie Dimon's JPMorgan Chase knowingly misled... More

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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

The ethics of The Guardian’s Whisper bombshell - It would have been a journalistic lapse not to have told readers

Gawker: The internet bully - Nick Denton’s media empire is an intellectual online fraternity that invites people to their parties only to make them buy the booze

The Washington Post short-sells a reporter’s integrity - Steven Pearlstein smears TheStreet’s Adam Feuerstein for criticizing a biotech firm

Former Sun-Times staffers react to top reporter’s resignation - “Whereas we don’t have all the answers, we have way too many questions about what happened here”

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks


John Oliver video sweepstakes (The Awl)

“We may update this list next week to reflect Facebook shares gathered by The Awl as the result of this post, which is ultimately an elaborate excuse to embed a John Oliver video on our website”

Which news org is the most trusted? (Pew)

The answer is complicated

‘My Captivity’ (NYT Mag)

An American journalist on his two-year kidnapping in Syria

FBI faked an AP story, in Seattle Times style, to catch a suspect (Seattle Times)

“‘We are outraged that the FBI, with the apparent assistance of the US Attorney’s Office, misappropriated the name of The Seattle Times to secretly install spyware on the computer of a crime suspect,’ said Seattle Times Editor Kathy Best”

Bloggingheads

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