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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

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Apples and oranges on Google and publishers

Print performance is bad enough without putting a thumb on the scale

Slate tells us that "Google ad revenue tops entire US print media industry" in the first six months of the... More

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Audit Notes: WaPo on the Bain thing, deadbeat Forbes, hamster wheel

The Post’s revealing slip-up on the definition of swift-boating

The Washington Post apparently doesn't understand just how toxic Wall Street and its even more rapacious cousin, private equity—not popular... More

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Audit Notes: Whinin’ Dimon, Elizabeth Warren, WSJ on Petraeus

JPMorgan CEO takes to CNBC for consolation

I got a chuckle from Mark Gongloff's Huffington Post piece on Jamie Dimon taking his anti-administration whining to the friendly... More

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Context-free market reporting on a post-election dive

First-term bull market goes unmentioned after a November 7 stock dip

The stock market dive the day after President Obama was re-elected, dropping 320 points, or 2.4 percent. The Drudge Report,... More

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Audit Notes: low-info billionaires, Trump the taker, Elizabeth Warren

Money apparently can’t buy a firm grip on reality

One of the things this election proved conclusively is that even billionaires can be low-information voters. Here's Bloomberg BusinessWeek on... More

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WSJ gets lost in the weeds with the Romney campaign

A too-savvy take and flawed assumptions undermine some interesting reporting

The Wall Street Journal fronts an interesting but seriously flawed story this morning headlined "How Race Slipped Away From Romney."... More

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Audit Notes: FT denies Bloomberg report, Drudge stats, financialization

Misleading with bogus statistics

Bloomberg News reports that Pearson is considering putting the Financial Times up for sale, as Michael Wolff predicted a month... More

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Audit Notes: digital ads, margins of error, freehadists

French publishing’s online revenues make the Americans look good

This New York Times story is nice on the coming attempt in Europe to get Google to pay content providers... More

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A muddy Bloomberg story sets up Romney’s Jeep attack

The wire’s poorly worded story is misread

Mitt Romney's gotten in hot water with the nation's burgeoning horde of fact checkers by asserting that Jeep "is thinking... More

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Bloomberg digs up more on Romney’s tax avoidance

This loophole used the Mormon church’s tax-exempt status to defer bills

Mitt Romney won’t release his tax returns beyond two years in which he was already actively campaigning for president, and... More

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The ‘downright dangerous’ Paul Krugman

CNBC’s Becky Quick thinks, wrongly, the economist is alone in debunking “fiscal crisis”

This summer, New York Times columnist Paul Krugman went on CNBC to talk about his book and ended up getting... More

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Audit Notes: inequality denial, AIG’s CEO, private equity

WSJ op-ed pushes the false notion that the rich haven’t pulled away from everyone else

The New Republic's Timothy Noah and The Atlantic's Matthew O'Brien demolish a Wall Street Journal op-ed by Kevin "Dow 36,000"... More

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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

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

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