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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

Audit Notes: TP Bubble, No More “Fat Cats,” Big Long Now

The Wall Street Journal takes a look at one growing American industry the Internet and the Chinese can't wipe out:... More

For The Sun, Karma Is No Fun

Rupert Murdoch's Sun is in big trouble. Reuters reports today that Scotland Yard is investigating "serious suspected criminality over a... More

Audit Notes: Government Spending, News Corp., The Machines Rise

The New Yorker's George Packer deftly riffs off both Charles Murray's new book on turmoil in the white lower and... More

Cops in the Newsroom

The News Corp. fiasco imperils press protections in the UK

I noted this yesterday about News Corporation's Management Standards Committee, set up over the summer to handle the company’s internal... More

Audit Notes: Murdoch’s Hacking Scandal, Chipotle Not Apple

Murdoch's hacking scandal deepened this weekend with the arrests of several senior journalists at another News Corporation paper—The Sun— in... More

Pogue Misses on Cheap Gadgets and Foreign Labor

The cost difference between China and the U.S. is less than he imagines

David Pogue of The New York Times looks at the "Dilemma of Cheap Electronics" raised by the paper's recent, outstanding... More

Audit Notes: Energy Economy, Insider Trading, Mortgage Settlement

Here's a good Wall Street Journal page-one story on how the energy boom is driving economic activity across the U.S.... More

BusinessWeek Goes Inside a Critical Hacking Scandal Meeting

Murdoch, at a fork in the road, chose the coverup

Bloomberg BusinessWeek has a fantastic story reporting on a critical meeting Rupert Murdoch held last May to plot how to... More

Audit Notes: Off the Hamster Wheel, The Dumb Money, iPad Newspapers

I like this Nieman Journalism Lab piece on how Salon hopped off the hamster wheel and saw site traffic increase... More

Mostly Skimpy Coverage of JPMorgan’s Overdraft Settlement

Press favorite Jamie Dimon's JPMorgan Chase is paying $110 million to settle a class-action suit against it for gouging its... More

Audit Notes: Payment Protection, Greek Austerity, Inflation Bugaboo

American Banker's Victoria Finkle and Jeff Horwitz report on the credit card industry's payment-protection racket and note that the Consumer... More

NYT: Criminal Charges in the Foreclosure Scandal

Gretchen Morgenson of The New York Times reports this morning on new criminal charges against robosigning company DocX and its... More

Audit Notes: Regressive Taxes, Another Task Force, Keller on Copyright

Kevin Drum looks at how regressive taxes are at the state and local level, an issue that doesn't get nearly... More

Bad Math From the WSJ Opinion Pages

Brad DeLong catches The Wall Street Journal editorial page in some hilariously bad math. Here's Stephen Moore: Federal workers on... More

Audit Notes: Minimum Wage and the Recession, Facebook’s Numbers, Most Powerless

The Wall Street Journal runs an editorial today criticizing Mitt Romney for his support for increasing the minimum wage and... More

NYT With More on the SEC’s Soft Touch With Big Banks

The New York Times has an excellent investigation today that shows in a new light how the SEC lets Wall... More

Audit Notes: CDO Charges, Facebook’s Board, Deficits

Sure enough, the Justice Department charged former Credit Suisse CDO executive Kareem Serageldin with fraud for allegedly artificially inflating CDO... More

The WSJ’s Sony Story Is a Page-One Dud

News that Sony's board has picked a new CEO gets page-one play in The Wall Street Journal, apparently because Kazuo... 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


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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