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Audit notes: Buffett on newspapers, Times-Picayune, SEC lets Lehman go

A vow to invest in newspapers and protect them from interference

This is the most hopeful thing I've read about the business of newspapers in a long, long time: I'll quote... More

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Audit notes: No more daily in New Orleans, McClatchy, private equity

The NYT reports the Times-Picayune will print two or three times a week

If ever a town needed a newspaper, it's New Orleans. But David Carr reports that Newhouse is preparing big layoffs... More

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Facebook fiasco

The well connected made out while retail investors got hosed

We're starting to get a better picture of what happened with Facebook on Friday and in the run-up to its... More

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Audit notes: Facebook disclosure, Facebook value, soft corruption

Business Insider's Henry Blodget, who knows a thing or two about analyst/IPO scandals, writes that Facebook and/or its bankers could... More

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Audit Notes: Facebook IPO edition

I'm happy to say I was wrong (and Felix was right) in guessing that retail investors would jump into Facebook... More

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The Chicago Tribune lights up the flame-retardant industry

An outstanding investigation show how chemical companies preserve a toxic cash cow

A tremendous Chicago Tribune investigation into flame-retardant chemical manufacturers shows how they push their poisons on an unsuspecting public despite... More

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A game of telephone fools the Times

And the newspaper-of-record short-arms the correction

The New York Times posts a nasty correction on its Sunday op-ed by William Deresiewicz, who asserted that a study... More

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Audit notes: Questions for JPMorgan, hindsight journalism, Ticketmaster

Jesse Eisinger asks what and when Dimon & Co. knew about the bank’s big loss

ProPublica's Jesse Eisinger, in his NYT DealBook column, writes about what the press and the authorities should be asking about... More

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The Facebook frenzy

Retail investors prepare to jump on a richly valued IPO

The Wall Street Journal's page-one Facebook IPO story does a good job of capturing some uncomfortable parallels to the dot.com... More

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What’s the right price for ebooks? (updated)

It’s probably not 99 cents

Author Chuck Windig, GigaOm's Mathew Ingram, and TechDirt's Mike Masnick all took on the question of ebook pricing recently, arguing... More

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Audit notes: Commercialization, GM and Facebook, Saverin’s taxes

Conor Friedersdorf makes a nice catch on Tom Friedman's Sunday column bemoaning the commercialization of seemingly all aspects of American... More

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The business press embarrasses Jamie Dimon

London Whale, sighted one month ago, knocks billions off JPMorgan’s worth

In what FT Alphaville called "the most excruciating bank conference call we’ve ever heard," press favorite Jamie Dimon announced last... More

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Audit notes: Chesapeake woes, the Untaxable, Reuters on HSBC

The hits keep coming at Chesapeake Energy. Today, it's The Wall Street Journal's turn. It reports on page one that... More

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The Washington Post Co.’s Self-Destructive Course

Dividends, share buybacks, and an anti-paywall stance help bleed the paper dry

The Washington Post Company‘s dismal quarterly earnings release last week was received with something of a shrug—more of the same.... More

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Audit notes: WSJ dings austerity, Weisenthal, The Global Mail

If you're looking to get up to speed on what happened with the euro and Greece, you could do a... More

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Audit notes: Blodget’s anonymous Zuck fans, Ongo no-go, social news apps

New York cover story dispenses with named sources

Here's the sourcing in Business Insider CEO Henry Blodget's New York cover story on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg: "a colleague... More

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Clearly, Quartz wants to help elites go optimize themselves

The Atlantic’s new business site enters a crowded field catering to the 0.1 percent

The Atlantic's big new business-journalism project is off to an inauspicious start. First there's the name: Quartz, which is different,... More

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Audit Notes: Murdoch’s Influence, Reuters’s Chesapeake drumbeat

A sweeping indictment of the corruption of British politics by News Corp.

The News Corp. scandal is so massive and so sprawling that it's just about impossible to bring all the pieces... More

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Audit notes: News Corp.’s board, Lehman’s hubris, Awards and Slideshows

David Carr eyes Rupert Murdoch’s crony-filled board of directors

David Carr takes a look at the News Corporation board of directors, which is as stacked with the CEO's cronies... More

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The housing market at an inflection point

The Journal explains why bidding wars are starting to bubble up again

After seven or so years of bearishness on housing, I decided a few weeks back that the market was probably... More

The ethics of The Guardian’s Whisper bombshell - It would have been a journalistic lapse not to have told readers

Gawker: The internet bully - Nick Denton’s media empire is an intellectual online fraternity that invites people to their parties only to make them buy the booze

The Washington Post short-sells a reporter’s integrity - Steven Pearlstein smears TheStreet’s Adam Feuerstein for criticizing a biotech firm

Former Sun-Times staffers react to top reporter’s resignation - “Whereas we don’t have all the answers, we have way too many questions about what happened here”

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks


Which news org is the most trusted? (Pew)

The answer is complicated

‘My Captivity’ (NYT Mag)

An American journalist on his two-year kidnapping in Syria

FBI faked an AP story, in Seattle Times style, to catch a suspect (Seattle Times)

“‘We are outraged that the FBI, with the apparent assistance of the US Attorney’s Office, misappropriated the name of The Seattle Times to secretly install spyware on the computer of a crime suspect,’ said Seattle Times Editor Kathy Best”

How one reporter copes inside the ‘Ebola bubble’ (BuzzFeed)

“Bring gloves to give nurses you meet at clinics, even if you’re there for a story. Get small change to give to the kids who have been out of school for months and are selling ground nuts for pitiful sums on the side of road. Hell, give them candy. Violate all the principles of ostensibly good aid stewardship, because the good stewardship of the developed world didn’t get help here in time, and now everyone is dying around you.”

Bloggingheads

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