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Reuters’s Chesapeake Energy drumbeat

Internal emails show companies scheming to lower bids on drilling rights

Reuters continues to draw a bead on Chesapeake Energy and its CEO Aubrey McClendon, whose scalp it will be claiming... More

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Audit Notes: Glass-Steagall II, beyond paywalls, warehouse work

The FT comes out in favor of hiving off investment banks

This is important: The Financial Times editorial page comes out in favor of a Glass-Steagall II that would once again... More

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Audit Notes: Spain’s Dilemma, Brits’ outrage on Libor, Audit Radio

Martin Wolf on how the country’s woes show the roots of the euro crisis

Martin Wolf of the Financial Times has an excellent blog post pointing out how wrong Germany and Co. are about... More

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Inflating the regulatory state

TSA and border security account for almost all the increase in regulatory staff since 1980

A Bloomberg News story last week on how the folks who oversee the regulators are overmatched these days raises a... More

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Audit Notes: Insufferable in Aspen, Libor, Amazon Marketplace

Ending universal suffrage intrigues a CNBCer

CNBC's John Carney finally heard an idea that intrigued him at the Aspen Ideas Festival: Ending universal suffrage: His argument... More

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Audit Notes: Euro dissolution risk, Reuters tailed, Exxon and the press

Simon Johnson, who has warned loudly for years about the critical danger posed by too-big-to-fail banks, as well as their... More

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The Libor lie unravels

A big win for the business press

Way back in September 2007, the Financial Times's Gillian Tett started raising questions about the benchmark London Interbank Offered Rate—Libor—a... More

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Audit Notes: News Corp. split edition

More on the implications of Murdoch’s move

The Financial Times's John Gapper has the best take on what Rupert Murdoch's bustup of News Corporation means: Some US... More

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News Corp. ponders a split

Easing but not erasing the Murdoch discount

Shareholders have been carping for years that Rupert Murdoch should get rid of his newspapers and focus on the real... More

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Audit Notes: Gannett profits, Spiegel grilling, private equity

At least Gannett is optimistic about the next few years, The Wall Street Journal reports (emphasis mine): Gannett, publisher of... More

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Bernanke goes mostly unheard on spending (UPDATED)

The press continues its spotty coverage of Fed’s fiscal views

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, yet again, publicly called for spending (ADDING: deficit spending, I should say. Bernanke has talked... More

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The WSJ bakes a bogus trend

And ABC copies its grocery-store wedding cake story

The Wall Street Journal has noticed that some people outside midtown Manhattan buy their wedding cakes from grocery stores: Now... More

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Audit Notes: NYT CEO search, Private Prisons, Morozov

Sulzberger looks for a boss with tech experience

Bloomberg News has new details on The New York Times Company's search for a CEO, which includes "aspirational" folks like... More

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Bloomberg blows the whistle on the IRS

The agency hamstrings a program designed to bring in tips on tax evasion

Bloomberg News has an eye-opening investigation into what we now know is the failed IRS Whistleblowers Program. That program is... More

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Audit Notes: Smart Money, NYT CEO, sushi chefs and nola.com

Dow Jones lays off staff and goes all-digital with its personal-finance magazine

Dow Jones is shutting down Smart Money magazine, laying off most of the staff and going to a digital-only format... More

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Audit Radio: Cleveland edition

Dean Starkman joins a panel of Ohio journalists on the future of newspapers

Audit Chief Dean Starkman talked about the future of newspapers on Cleveland's NPR affiliate WCRN this morning. "Sound of Ideas"... More

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Audit Notes: The U-6ers, Jamie’s corporate welfare, The Guardian’s future

The NYT looks at those with not enough work

I like this Michael Cooper piece in The New York Times on the folks who don't show up in the... More

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Another A1 Times-Picayune press release

This time the publisher takes to the front page, eliding the gutting of his newsroom

Not content with dominating the Times-Picayune's front page on Thursday with a press release from its editor, the paper ran... More

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Audit Notes: Echoes of the 1930s, gilded bubble, access journalism

As Greece crumbles, extremism and violence rises

On the echoes of the 1930s tip, the University of Athens's Aristides Hatzis writes in the Financial Times: Despite the... More

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Microsoft’s live-action press release

Journalists hype the software giant’s new tablet

Yesterday, Microsoft got a bunch of tech journalists to go to Hollywood for what it promised would be a major... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


A First Look update (First Look Media)

“[R]ather than immediately launching a large collection of digital ‘magazines’ based on strong, expert journalists with their own followings, as we imagined earlier, we’ll begin by building out the two we’ve started and then explore adding new ones as we learn”

The White House deploys minders to interviews all the time (WaPo)

“Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between reporters and the proverbial ‘senior administration officials’ is conducted in the presence of a press staffer”

The down-and-dirty history of TMZ (BuzzFeed)

“TMZ’s real engine — what defines its mission, what legitimizes it and sets it apart — is a unique and controversial mix of scandal mongering and investigative journalism”

The 10 worst New Yorker longreads (Gawker)

“[A]pparently [Adam] Gopnik did not know you could bake fancy breads from France and other cultures. So he got his mom to teach him how to bake them. A fine anecdote, maybe, to tell a friend or a therapist. But in this case he wrote about it for the New Yorker, a magazine.”

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