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The paywall prevents a deeper downturn at the NYT

Digital subs keep a weak earnings report from turning into a disastrous one

New York Times Company shares plummeted Thursday as ad revenues were worse than expected, pushing down profits from a year... More

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Audit Notes: NYT scoop, Freddie’s anti-stimulus, Wired on making stuff

Riches for the family of a top Chinese official

The New York Times David Barboza gets a huge scoop on corruption in China, reporting that the family of the... More

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Audit Notes: dethroning DeMarco, the cult of disruption, China trade

The FT reports Obama plans a big housing policy change if re-elected

The Financial Times's Shahien Nasiripour reports that the Obama administration is quietly telling activists that it will replace Fannie Mae/Freddie... More

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Newsweek and the (relative) health of print mags

Not all is dark for the industry

News that Newsweek is exiting print was hardly surprising coming two years after the Washington Post Company unloaded it for... More

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Audit Notes: What’s Social Security worth?, another CNBC ‘poll,’ Greg Smith

An excellent personal-finance story from the Journal

What would Social Security coverage look like if the press covered it more like personal finance reporters cover IRAs and... More

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Audit Notes: advising Obama, the leverage incentive, Jack Welch

The NYT looks at the insider/outsider roles of Anita Dunn

The New York Times had an excellent story this weekend on Anita Dunn, the Obama adviser who's got one foot... More

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A CEO’s high-flying standards

Bloomberg reports on Abercrombie & Fitch’s Michael Jeffries

We've seen $87,000 rugs and $6,000 shower curtains. But this fascinating Bloomberg story on Abercrombie & Fitch's CEO Michael Jeffries... More

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Audit Notes: Google antitrust, the NYT on entrenched elites

Reuters scoops that the Federal Trade Commission is leaning toward filing antitrust charges against Google for abusing its search monopoly... More

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The NYT unseals a private-equity scoop

Emails between executives look like antitrust smoking guns

A tip of The Audit's green eyeshade to The New York Times for fighting to get this look inside the... More

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A Web survey isn’t a poll, CNBC

The network’s tweet creates a misleading media narrative on the veep debate

Whoever was running the CNBC Twitter feed last night didn't know the difference between a scientific poll and a Web... More

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Audit Notes: fraud without fraudsters edition

Wells Fargo and JPMorgan shareholders, not executives, held accountable

The Wall Street Journal fronts news that the feds are suing Wells Fargo for a decade of mortgage fraud that... More

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Ask Obama This: What about housing?

What went wrong with the administration’s mortgage policies

Over the final month of the campaign, CJR will run a series of posts under the headline “Ask Obama This”... More

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Audit Notes: The FT’s prospects, another victimized billionaire, Bain & Co.

Michael Wolff writes in The Guardian about the Financial Times's prospects now that Pearson CEO Marjorie Scardino, a booster of... More

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Neutron Jack: ‘I quit!’

Welch ends Fortune and Reuters contracts after tough coverage

I've long wondered why business magazines run Jack Welch's columns. BusinessWeek ran it for years but stopped a month after... More

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Audit Notes: BLS BS, another print turnaround forecast, deficits

The LAT and CNBC let Jack Welch frame the jobs numbers

Don't miss Brendan Nyhan's excellent review of coverage of the unemployment-numbers conspiracy theory kicked off by Jack Welch on Friday.... More

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Jack Welch and anti-business sentiment

The former GE CEO, still a business press hero

Former GE CEO Jack Welch made waves last week claiming—with zero evidence—that the Obama administration manipulated the unemployment report that... More

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Bleacher Report and the race to the bottom

SF Weekly rips Turner Broadcasting’s nearly $200 million purchase

Bleacher Report is a sort of Demand Media of sports, a content farm engineered to get search engine visits with... More

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Audit Notes: Romney and taxes, prison phone racket, WSJ

The Atlantic eyes the Republican’s corporate tax plan

Nobody can figure out what exactly Mitt Romney wants to do with taxes. His plan is mathematically impossible, and Wednesday... More

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Audit Notes: Mansion, inequality and the crash, FT on Schneiderman

The business press continues to roll out the 0.1 percent porn. Now it's The Wall Street Journal launching a new... More

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Forbes’s myth of the Reagan boom

A columnist’s misleading economic history

Peter Ferrara, currently of the climate-change denying Heartland Institute and formerly of Jack Abramoff's payroll and the Reagan and Bush... More

16 women whose digital startups deserve Vox-level plaudits - A look at the media entrepreneurs who aren’t grabbing headlines

Why was ‘Dasani’ shut out of the Pulitzers? - 5 problems with The New York Times’ ambitious, influential series on the life of one homeless Brooklyn girl

The AP downplays its Obamacare scoop - Repeal on deductible caps marks another step in The Great Cost Shift

The enduring pull of mag covers - Why do magazine cover images still hold so much cultural power in this decline-of-print era?

Michael Wolff’s digital media bloopers - The Newser founder trolls (other) digital-news companies


The shirt on your back

How did the clothes you’re wearing get to you? We trace the human cost of the Bangladeshi garment industry in video, words and pictures

Anxious royalist

Fantastic letter in The Times

Coming out as a porn star

How do you tell your family and friends?

The truth about Google X

A look behind the secretive lab’s closed doors

New Jersey’s good government

Despite the bridge scandal, Chris Christie’s state is relatively transparent and accountable. CJR’s Greg Marx talks to Gordon Witkin

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