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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

The Keystone Kops of Koverups

A Telegraph scoop raises the heat yet again on News Corp. and the Murdochs

The Telegraph has a big scoop on the hacking scandal, reporting new details of how News Corporation deleted emails and... More

Audit Notes: Lobbying Both Ways, SEC Scrutiny, Steve Jobs,

The banks have been carping about the complexity of the Volcker Rule, which aims to prevent them from making risky... More

Mitt Romney and Marriott’s Taxes

Mitt Romney's taxes were all over the news last month when it turned out he paid just 13.9 percent of... More

Audit Notes: Tax Break, No Wage Pressure, Clowning Schneiderman

Reuters's David Cay Johnston has a good column today on why tax rates are lower than we generally think: We... More

The IRS and the Chicago News Cooperative (UPDATED)

I wrote back in November that the tax man was making it harder for the nonprofit-news movement to flourish or... More

Audit Notes: Fed Transparency, Carp Invasion, Chinese Imports

The Wall Street Journal is good to bird-dog the Federal Reserve on transparency, and it gets results even before publishing... More

The “Can’t Find Workers” Meme

The Post’s business-friendly frame

In a time when millions of American workers can't find work, it's only natural to be intrigued by counterintuitive stories... More

Audit Notes: Limited Liability, Apple’s “Tons of Issues,” Foreclosure Scandal

The London Review of Books has a fascinating piece by the Bank of England's Andrew Haldane on excessive financial-industry risk.... More

The WSJ Exposes Google’s Tracking Hack

The Wall Street Journal has a big scoop this morning on how Google and other companies overrode Apple privacy settings... More

Anthony Shadid: What He Knew

The foreign correspondent Anthony Shadid of The New York Times, has died of an apparent asthma attack while covering the... More

Audit Notes: WSJ and FCPA, Apple Access, The Times Paywall

The Wall Street Journal editorial page comes out swinging against the Justice Department's "latest prosecutorial attack on business" via the... More

Blodget Asks a Taboo Question on Wages and Profits

I like this Henry Blodget thought experiment on how much more major companies could afford to compensate their ill-paid employees.... More

Why won’t journalists ask Bill Cosby the tough questions? - Sexual assault charges are hardly ever mentioned to the TV star

Knoxville’s alt-weekly wasn’t losing money. It got shut down anyway - Scripps pulls the plug on Metro Pulse in favor of an entertainment supplement for the local daily

Chuck Todd’s Obama book says more about the author than it does about the president - ‘The Stranger’ underscores a broader problem with the way we cover politics

Beware labeling Pope Francis a liberal - Political boxes like liberal/conservative and evolutionist/creationist miss his real significance

The Virginian-Pilot produces a breakthrough investigation amid layoffs - Reporter John Holland discusses how the story came together, newsroom cutbacks, and colleagues who cover for each other


Which media outlets use ‘illegal immigrant’? (Fusion)

“[I]n spite of all the good reasons not to use the phrase, it is still very easy to find in the US press, even in headlines”

Jack Shafer on losing his job (Capital New York)

“Right now, my immediate plan is to go to work as a lay therapist at The Intercept to bring the healing there so John Cook and Matt Taibbi can return. I have great interpersonal skills.”

On outlets that continue to call unknown drone victims ‘militants’ (The Intercept)

“Like the US drone program itself, this deceitful media practice continues unabated”

UNITY’s convention is no more (All Digitocracy)

“The organization’s board of directors decided that UNITY will no longer host the quadrennial conferences for which it had become known”

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