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Audit Notes: Charles Murray’s Lunch, Morgenson on Fairfax, Knight-Ridder’s iPad

The Globe and Mail's Doug Saunders writes this on Twitter: What Charles Murray had for lunch while telling the FT... More

A Dim-Bulb Story From the Washington Post

New Mexico Senator Jeff Bingaman's office this afternoon sent out a press release hammering the Washington Post's page-one story on... More

200 Years of Citi

An alternate history

Bloomberg's Christine Harper, on Twitter, notes that Citigroup's corporate timeline, launched in a must-have new iPad app called Citi News,... More

Audit Notes: Tabloid Chutzpah, Paywall Performance, The Fed and Dividends

Rebekah Brooks, former head of Rupert Murdoch's UK tabloids, which were rogue even by the viciously sensationalist standards of that... More

The Justice Department and the Price of Books

The Wall Street Journal reports that the Justice Department is going after Apple and book publishers for colluding to fix... More

Bloomberg’s Missing Billionaire

This is rich, and no pun is intended. I criticized Bloomberg News yesterday for its policy of not covering its... More

The Baby Boom Wasn’t That Big, WSJ

Boomers will be flooding the senior centers over the next few years and decades and that wave will be a... More

Audit Notes: Fox on Energy, Journalists and Programmers, Bloomberg

Media Matters has an amusing compilation of Fox News reactions to $4 a gallon gasoline in 2008, when George W.... More

Bloomberg, Uncovered

A news organization that won’t report on itself

Gothamist flags this gem down deep in a Bloomberg News story on its new Billionaire's Index: Bloomberg News editorial policy... More

Infographic: What’s a CEO Worth?

What Janet Robinson’s golden parachute could buy

Infographic by Nigel Holmes Click here to see a larger version of this image. The tenures of two recently... More

Audit Notes: Rocket Internet, Gas Taxes, The Price of Health Care

Bloomberg BusinessWeek has a good story on a German company that makes its living ripping off American websites and taking... More

WSJ on the Return of the Online Pet Food Store

I like this smart Wall Street Journal piece on the new economics of the Web as told through the effort... More

Checkbook Journalism’s Slippery Slope

Murdoch’s scandals show why paying for news is a bad idea

Combine the culture of checkbook journalism with the culture of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. and you get one of the... More

Audit Notes: William Cohan, Three Little Pigs, Recovery Spring

In Bloomberg BusinessWeek, William D. Cohan writes about the spectacular downfall of hedge fund manager Dan Zwirn, whose $12 billion... More

That Stuck Feeling

The Huffington Post launches an ambitious new series on the poor and middle class

We all had a chuckle yesterday at the poor hedge fund marketing director whining about the difficulties of living in... More

Audit Notes: Paywalls Paying Off, Digital Privacy, Murdoch

As Warren Buffett knows, when you give away your product online, it undermines the one you charge good money for... More

Bloomberg’s Abelson on How Wall Street Is Coping

Bloomberg's Max Abelson has the story of the day, another entry in his list of stories on out-of-touch Wall Streeters.... More

Audit Notes: $25,000 an Hour, Foreclosures, Corporate Taxes

The New York Times has done a lot of tough reporting over the years on outlandish executive compensation. It's time... More

Warren Buffett and Paywalls

The newspaper paywall now has a champion in some guy in Nebraska named Warren Buffett. Buffett, who just forked over... More

Audit Notes: Daisey vs. Pogue, American Banker, LAT Paywall

Mike Daisey, of The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, and the recent This American Life exposé of Apple's outsourced... More

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

Bloggingheads

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