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Audit Notes: Debt Collector Scams, Occupy Oakland Coverage, Jest

The Washington Post reports on two FTC complaints against California debt collector companies, which "highlight an increase in complaints about... More

Cataloging the Banks’ Crimes and Misdeeds

This excellent Daily Beast piece by Gary Rivlin catalogs the major crimes of the four biggest U.S. banks plus Goldman... More

Audit Notes: More on Inequality, Les Hinton’s Memory

The inequality I talked about earlier today has been caused on a couple of levels. While the market income of... More

The Myth of Income Equality, Courtesy of AEI

New CBO data show what (almost) everybody already knows

This post by James Pethokoukis, who recently hopped over to AEI from Reuters, shows how to combine the worst tendencies... More

Austerity and Objectivity

Why are spending cuts contractionary overseas but not here?

The top story in The Wall Street Journal today is interesting for what it says about how American papers are... More

Audit Notes: Copying the NYT Paywall, WaMu, The 0.1 Percent

Jeff Bercovici of Forbes responds to my post calling on papers to follow the NYT's lead on charging for news... More

Newspaper Companies As Emblems of the 1 Percent

David Carr rips Gannett’s $37 million golden parachute

"Gannett paper" has long been a pejorative in journalism circles. So how about "Gannett executive"? The nation's biggest newspaper chain... More

ProPublica Has Questions for the SEC on Its Citi Settlement

I really like how ProPublica covers the SEC's $285 million settlement with Citigroup this week. The commission nicked Citi for... More

Audit Notes: Paying for Newspapers Edition

I may have spoken too soon when I said to expect The New York Times's paid subscription growth rate to... More

NYT Paywall to Other Papers: “Copy Me!”

There’s no excuse for other publishers not to follow the Times’s model

If The New York Times spun off its digital edition, it would be the tenth biggest paper in the country... More

Occupy Wall Street, Democrats, and Campaign Finance

This Politico story on Occupy Wall Street's influence on the Democrats' campaign donors is awfully interesting: After the Democratic Congressional... More

Bloomberg Eyes Bank of America’s Derivatives Move

Bloomberg News reports that Bank of America (with Federal Reserve approval) put Merrill Lynch credit-default swaps into BofA's deposit-holding arm... More

Homeless Shelters 4 AT&T-Verizon Duopoly

In June, Politico and the Washington Post ran stories showing how, in exchange for Ma Bell's cash, nonprofits like NAACP... More

HuffPost Finds the Pain in Goldman’s For-Profit Education Firm

It's not hard to imagine that letting boiler rooms push poor folks into taking out impossible-to-shed federal loans is a... More

Audit Notes: Economic Policy Edition

Ezra Klein, in his long story (which you should read) on why and how Obama's economic policy failed (I should... More

WSJ Backs Up The Guardian on European Scandal

Its reporting disputes its parent company’s denials

Last night, Dow Jones slammed The Guardian's report on wrongdoing at The Wall Street Journal Europe, calling it "replete with... More

Wall Street Journal Europe Sourcing Was Unusual

And the CEO of the firm involved is a former Journal executive

We now know, thanks to reporting in the both The Guardian and The Wall Street Journal itself, that Andrew Langloff,... More

The Guardian Unearths a Wall Street Journal Scandal

The paper claims the scalp of a Journal publisher and points to deeper problems

Read this Wall Street Journal story from this morning on the resignation of its European edition's publisher. What the Journal... More

The China Bubble

WSJ, Reuters, and Bloomberg reports show why a reckoning is likely

We've all heard about the crisis in Europe, how it's weighing on the economy, and how a collapse there could... More

The Shorter-Form Journal

The number of long stories has plunged under Murdoch

Story length in journalism by itself doesn’t mean much. We read too many news stories that are just too damned... More

PBS pulls ads from Harper’s Magazine after critical essay - Piece argues public broadcaster has fallen under the sway of political influence and outside money

Should all journalists be on Twitter? - Reasons to take up or forgo the 140-character platform

Chris Hondros: How He Got that Picture - From CJR’s Covering Iraq oral history

Beware journo-speak - Only journalists would call a tragedy a “mishap”

Will feminist writers save Playboy? - As Playboy’s safe-for-work site has passed the one-month mark, a look at the online media’s bedazzled reactions, and how the new image suits the old brand


Lawmakers on why they’re mired in place (Esquire)

Mark Warren “spoke with 90 members of the House and Senate about what’s gone so wrong in Congress. Sometimes it got a little emotional.”

My childhood friend, the ISIS jihadist (Mashable)

How a young Danish man turned extremist

What it’s like to carry a Nobel Prize through Fargo (SciAm)

“And they’re like, ‘Uhhhh. Who gave this to you?’ ‘The King of Sweden.’ ‘Why did he give this to you?’ ‘Because I helped discover the expansion rate of the universe was accelerating.’”

Newspapers prefer lesbians (Bloomberg)

In five states that just got gay marriage, the vast majority of local papers covered it with photos of women getting hitched

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