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The New Yorker on Obama as fundraiser (UPDATED)

Fascinating reporting but an overly sympathetic portrayal

It's hard to read Jane Mayer's New Yorker piece on campaign fundraising without thinking about how embarrassing and corrupting it... More

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Required skimming: Euro crisis

Understand all the overseas finance stuff that nobody gets

This month, CJR presents “Required Skimming,” a daily miniguide to our staffers’ beats and obsessions, ranging from finance to food.... More

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Audit Notes: Newsweek standards, Luddite fallacy, crowdfunding scams

Everyone but the magazine fact checks Niall Ferguson

Paul Krugman asks: We know what Ferguson is going to do: he’s going to brazen it out, actually boasting about... More

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Newsweek’s Niall Ferguson debacle

A misleading cover story gets the wrong kind of buzz for Tina Brown’s mag

It's been a long time since I've seen a cover story so comprehensively demolished as Newsweek's disengenuous anti-Obama piece by... More

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Audit Notes: Fake or real Jeff Jarvis?, Wolf on Ryan, robots and labor

Replacing copyright with something called “creditright”

This may seem like a Fake Jeff Jarvis post, but it's real-life Jeff Jarvis: Creators don’t need protection from copying.... More

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Misleading and incomplete coverage of Apple’s ‘record’ value (CORRECTED)

Microsoft’s 1999 market cap still, by far, bigger

The big market news today is about Apple's gargantuan market capitalization reaching a new, stunning high: Bloomberg News: Apple Becomes... More

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Audit Notes: Newspapers v. Postal Service, student debt, taxes

The newspaper industry's situation is already apocalyptic, but the Associated Press reports it could be about to get worse. The... More

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SmartMoney is confused on wages, inflation

When prices matter and when they don’t

This SmartMoney post on "Why You're Not Getting a Raise" doesn't make sense. The lede: Didn’t get a raise this... More

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The WSJ editorial page and Paul Ryan’s Medicare plan

Bogus numbers and rewritten history

The Wall Street Journal editorial board's Joseph Rago makes a whopper of an error in a column Tuesday extolling Paul... More

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Audit Notes: Bill Black on CNBC, LAT eyes Ryan’s budget, robosigning

The ex-regulator might as well have been beamed in by the Curiosity rover

Bill Black goes on CNBC and shreds Maria Bartiromo and Bethany McLean on whether Goldman Sachs (and others) could and... More

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Audit Notes: Romney’s taxes, NBC’s win, turning off the Web

Joe Nocera writes about the sharp choice facing voters in November, and so it is. But this strikes me as... More

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A critical eye on the ‘skills gap’

The Free Press, Star Tribune, and USA Today ask questions

There's no shortage of uncritical reporting on the notion that employers, and particularly manufacturers, can't find enough qualified workers even... More

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Audit Notes: Romney’s Ryan taxes, FDR or Ayn Rand, Morton Mintz

The Atlantic on what would be Mitt’s “Path to Prosperity”

The Atlantic's Matthew O'Brien has the best snap financial analysis of Mitt Romney's pick of Paul Ryan as a running... More

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CNNMoney can’t find the workers, either

A model story for the iffy skills-gap meme

Now it's CNNMoney's turn to spread the "can't find workers" meme. The headline reads "Northeast Indiana: Hundreds of factory jobs... More

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Audit Notes: Google moves on copyright, The Daily Shoe, Olympics

As its business interest aligns with content producers

Google will finally begin to penalize pirate sites in its search algorithm. What took so long? The Wall Street Journal... More

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False balance on Romney’s bogus welfare reform attack

He said-she said from the FT, and a weak showing from the WSJ

This Financial Times coverage of Mitt Romney's false attack on an Obama administration move on welfare reform is a classic... More

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Audit Notes: WSJ forgets climate change, Reuters results, Murdoch hides

A story on the record heat wave omits global warming

The Wall Street Journal writes 640 words on how last month was the hottest July on record—and fails to mention... More

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The New York Times prepares to leave the content farm

The sale of About.com would leave a pure-play newspaper company

The New York Times Company looks set to exit the content-farm business, with AllThingsD's Peter Kafka reporting that the company... More

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A welcome spotlight on trade deals

Reuters’s Johnston goes to Korea to look at the prospects of a new agreement

In March, the Obama administration implemented a trade agreement with South Korea that it promised, implausibly, would create tens of... More

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Audit Notes: Auditor conflicts, Frannie holdup, London Whale pressured

The latest money-laundering scandal points to problems with a business model

Francine McKenna looks at Deloitte's role in the latest money-laundering scandal and how it points to conflicts of interest in... More

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins - A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud - A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies


The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

Bloggingheads

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

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