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Hearst buckles under advertiser pressure

The Times Union caves after reader-response post dinged real estate agents

It's been a long time since we've seen anything as craven as the Albany Times-Union's capitulation to real estate agents... More

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Audit Notes: Instaflim-flam, off the Hamster Wheel, Hulu

The New York Times raises questions about a CEO’s sworn testimony

The New York Times's Nick Bilton reports that Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom appears to have misled regulators asking about Facebook's... More

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Bloomberg on the impacts of inequality

One longtime McDonald’s worker’s story says a lot about the economy

Bloomberg has an excellent story on low-wage work and inequality, comparing a longtime McDonald's worker to the company's CEO, who... More

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Audit Notes: Amazon’s shell company, The Lens, Plain Dealer cuts

Reuters unwinds how the online retail giant avoided taxes via Luxembourg

Reuters has a nice investigation into Amazon's vigorous tax avoidance, and this time it's not about sales taxes. The wire... More

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Paywall illogic

Steve Buttry distorts our arguments—and the evidence

Followers of the hot ‘n heavy paywall debate—all seven of you—may find it hard to believe, but there’s plenty of... More

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Audit Notes: paying for news edition

NYT cuts would surely have been much worse without its paywall

The New York Times, after a weak third quarter, is cutting 30 senior editors positions. "Senior editor" can mean a... More

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Audit Notes: News Corp./Wall Street Journal edition

Gerard Baker takes the reins of The Wall Street Journal

Robert Thomson will become CEO of the news-focused News Corp. (the other new company will be called Fox Group) after... More

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Anti-paywall dead-enders

Why worry about evidence when you can argue against straw men?

In 1944, Lt. Hiroo Onoda was sent by the Japanese Army to the remote Philippine Island of Lubang with instructions... More

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Audit Notes: pyramid people, Disney and ABC, no USA Today paywall

Roddy Boyd digs into a diet-shake pyramid scheme

The investigative journalist Roddy Boyd has some excellent reporting on a multilevel marketing company (read: pyramid scheme) called ViSalus: ViSalus... More

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Hot air Rises Above on CNBC

An anchor pins a minor dip in stocks on the TV appearance of a minor politician

Rise Above, if you're among the 99.95 percent of the country who don't watch CNBC on a given day, is... More

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Audit Notes: WaPo on Avandia, giving away the store, plutocrats

Report shows how drug research is corrupted by corporate money

The Washington Post's Peter Whoriskey has another outstanding story in his series on the Avandia drug scandal at GlaxoSmithKline and... More

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Audit Notes: FT’s Fairhead is out; BofA CEO stonewalls; Rent a Quote

But Pearson says the paper is not for sale.

FT Group CEO Rona Fairhead got denied the top job at Pearson and so is stepping down as chairman and... More

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Amazon sharecroppers

The Seattle Times on the hometown giant’s uneasy relationship with its merchants

The Seattle Times has another good story on Amazon, this time reporting on the hometown giant's lopsided relationship with its... More

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Audit Notes: not Fortune tellers; Foursquare, two million; Big Ten

The magazine’s picks for future Apple and Microsoft CEOs go awry immediately

Fortune peered into its crystal ball for the October 29 issue and came up with four "best bets" on who's... More

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Audit Notes: the free model, Coulson and Brooks, another DOJ stunt

A musician writes a compelling business argument against Pandora

The free model isn't just a failure for newspapers. It doesn't work in music either, as this terrific Pitchfork piece... More

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Rise Above, CNBC’s move into advocacy

Corporate America’s house organ starts an anti-political political campaign

Any time you see Wall Street CEOs and CNBC campaigning for what they call the common good, it's worth raising... More

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Audit Notes: marginal taxes, a redesign for core readers, Murdoch

An NYT’s anecdote’s confusion goes uncorrected

The New York Times flubs some reporting on how investors and well off people are bracing for higher tax rates:... More

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Audit Notes: hustled, Brauchli fallout, NYT’s Walmart impact

ProPublica connects the dots on a former Countrywide executive named in a DOJ lawsuit

ProPublica's Paul Kiel reports (with an assist from TheStreet) that the JPMorgan Chase executive in charge of its program to... More

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Audit Notes: Papacare, Post problem, trade reporting

Forbes finds Papa John’s Obamacare math doesn’t add up

Papa John's CEO John Schnatter has been carping for some time that Obamacare will add 10 to 14 cents to... More

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Marcus Brauchli’s impossible task

The Post’s ultimate problem is the business side, not the newsroom

I can't think of any editor whose last few years ran headlong into the financial collapse of the newspaper industry... More

PBS pulls ads from Harper’s Magazine after critical essay - Piece argues public broadcaster has fallen under the sway of political influence and outside money

Should all journalists be on Twitter? - Reasons to take up or forgo the 140-character platform

Chris Hondros: How He Got that Picture - From CJR’s Covering Iraq oral history

Beware journo-speak - Only journalists would call a tragedy a “mishap”

Will feminist writers save Playboy? - As Playboy’s safe-for-work site has passed the one-month mark, a look at the online media’s bedazzled reactions, and how the new image suits the old brand


Lawmakers on why they’re mired in place (Esquire)

Mark Warren “spoke with 90 members of the House and Senate about what’s gone so wrong in Congress. Sometimes it got a little emotional.”

My childhood friend, the ISIS jihadist (Mashable)

How a young Danish man turned extremist

What it’s like to carry a Nobel Prize through Fargo (SciAm)

“And they’re like, ‘Uhhhh. Who gave this to you?’ ‘The King of Sweden.’ ‘Why did he give this to you?’ ‘Because I helped discover the expansion rate of the universe was accelerating.’”

Newspapers prefer lesbians (Bloomberg)

In five states that just got gay marriage, the vast majority of local papers covered it with photos of women getting hitched

Bloggingheads

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

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