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McClatchy Misses on Cotton Speculators

McClatchy investigates doings in the cotton market, which like other commodities has been roiled by volatility in recent years largely... More

Audit Notes: WSJ’s Facebook Non-News, Bogus Bloomberg, Tabloid Id

Fortune's Dan Primack calls out The Wall Street Journal for hyping non-news on page one that Facebook is going to... More

Bloomberg’s Big Paulson Scoop

The former Treasury secretary told the public one thing while telling select traders another

Bloomberg Markets reports that in July 2008 then-Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson told a meeting of big investors, including several fellow... More

Audit Notes: Radicalized, Nonprofit Newt, Murdoch’s Wedding Singer

Kevin Drum riffs off Bloomberg Markets story on banks' bailout profits to write about how the response to the crash... More

Bloomberg Leads on the Fed (Again)

The consequences of the central bank’s secrecy

Bloomberg is still, thank God, hammering away at the gargantuan bank bailouts of 2008-2009. Most of those were hidden from... More

The Turkey-Inflation Goblin

Supply and demand is lost on the WSJ editorial page

Speaking of The Wall Street Journal editorial page, its Opinion Journal Live is looking for signs of runaway inflation to... More

A Columnist Recants, but the WSJ Edit Page Won’t Hear it

The paper runs a flawed column and declines to publish the retraction

A year and a half ago, George Mason University economics professor Daniel B. Klein wrote a column about his finding... More

Hudson On the Systemic Corruption of the Mortgage Business

The Center for Public Integrity Michael Hudson has another excellent installment of his investigation into the culture of fraud at... More

BW Oversells Its Story on Americans and Dirty Jobs

This Bloomberg BusinessWork cover story from last week on "Why Americans Won't Do Dirty Jobs" takes an uneven look at... More

FT Style Undermines A Good Investigation

The Financial Times has a good investigation today into how hedge funds are stocking their boards with directors in the... More

Audit Notes: Occupy Maybelline, Abramoff on the Revolving Door, News Corp. (UPDATED)

The Occupy Wall Street movement is already having its dissent commodified. As BagNews shows, this Maybelline commercial shows its models... More

Skeptical and Not-So-Skeptical Coverage of Angie’s List

A hot IPO for a dot.com that loses tons of money

Social media site Angie's List IPO'd yesterday, and the market now values it at nearly $900 million. While those are... More

Audit Notes: Net Exposure, Crain’s Chicago Probe, Angelo’s Tumblr

Gillian Tett of the Financial Times shows why banks hedging their European exposure with credit-default swaps aren't necessarily actually hedged.... More

Nonprofit News and the Tax Man

The IRS questions whether journalism startups qualify for tax-exempt status

The future of nonprofit news organizations has hit an unexpected roadblock in the agency that determines their tax-exempt status: The... More

Audit Notes: Fraud Prosecutions Plunge, Robber Barons, Zoning Fight

Here's the chart of the day, from Syracuse's Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse via The New York Times's Catherine Rampell: Prosecutions... More

Reuters On the “Payment Protection” Scam

Plus, an American Banker columnist’s predatory-lending past

Reuters puts the spotlight on the scam that is the multi-billion-dollar credit-card insurance industry, which promises to cover payments if... More

Audit Notes: Farmland Booms, Regulation and Jobs, Euro Sell-off

The Wall Street Journal reports that farming is making something of a comeback on the edges of metro areas amid... More

Confused NYT Coverage of Obama Health Care Law’s Prospects

The New York Times can't make up its mind on what a Supreme Court ruling against Obama health care plan's... More

Bloomberg Gives Newt Another Frannie Headache

Executives contradict Gingrich’s account of his advice

Newt Gingrich has a Frannie problem. The former Speaker of the House used to work for Freddie Mac but is... More

Insider Trading in Congress

A new book puts faces on data suggesting members enrich themselves with nonpublic information

If I could short Congress, I would right now. Last night's 60 Minutes report, based on the work of conservative... 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


John Oliver video sweepstakes (The Awl)

“We may update this list next week to reflect Facebook shares gathered by The Awl as the result of this post, which is ultimately an elaborate excuse to embed a John Oliver video on our website”

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”

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Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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