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Audit Notes: The Milken Memory Hole, The Ax Murder and the NotW, Yahoo

Mother Jones's Nick Baumann catches the Los Angeles Times and the Associated Press in some poor journalism. A businessman gives... More

News Corp. Buries a Whistleblower

A case study in Rupert Murdoch’s corporate culture

What happens when a low-level Rupert Murdoch employee blows the whistle on criminal wrongdoing? He gets harassed and destroyed by... More

A Wall Street Journal Error Undermines a Story’s Premise

But even after a correction, its readers almost surely don’t know that

Here's a good example of how corrections can fail to fix misimpressions created by the original error. In this case,... More

Audit Notes: Banker’s Good FHA Work, FBI’s Small Fry, Michael Barone

The American Banker's Jeff Horwitz has another excellent report on the Federal Housing Administration and its former commissioner David Stevens,... More

Damning New Evidence in the News Corp. Hacking Scandal

Payments to a convict began one month after a letter reminded execs he’d kept his mouth shut

You know, it's a serious problem when you can't trust a word said by one of the very biggest owner... More

Audit Notes: One Termer, HAMP Dwindles, The Crisis Narrative Shift

These two graphs from an NYT story this weekend pretty much show why Barack Obama is going to be a... More

The Free Press Probes Fannie and Freddie

The giant bailout recipients are dumping inventory in Detroit and pushing foreclosures over modifications

A Detroit Free Press investigation raises some interesting questions about why government-owned Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are pushing foreclosures... More

Audit Notes: JPMorgan’s Denuded County, Recession Watch, Reporting Rumors

Bloomberg News revisits JPMorgan Chase's screwing of Jefferson County, Alabama, as the county debates whether to file for bankruptcy because... More

The WSJ Advances the Foreign-Exchange Gouging Story

The Wall Street Journal has a good investigation that advances its series of stories looking at how banks, and particularly... More

Ace in the Hole (1951)

What a sixty-year-old noir can tell us about the Murdoch hacking scandal

I’ve got Murdoch on the brain, but I couldn’t help thinking about the News of the World scandal while watching... More

Audit Notes: Picturing the Turmoil, WSJ vs. SmartMoney, Long Crisis

Lots of people are linking the Brokers With Hands On Their Faces Blog in the midst of the market turmoil... More

SmartMoney Makes a Hash of the Downgrade

Says borrowers face higher rates, despite sinking Treasury yields

Speaking of the Journal overhyping the S&P downgrade of U.S. Treasurys, its sister magazine SmartMoney has a doozy of a... More

The Journal Hypes the Downgrade

A three-day-old story gets the overkill treatment

That Standard & Poor's downgraded the U.S. from AAA to AA+ is a big story no doubt. But The Wall... More

Audit Notes: Murdoch’s Board, Hedge Funds Selling

How awful is News Corporation's corporate governance (among other things)? Bloomberg News on Viet Dinh, the guy who wrote the... More

The Long Crisis

The current tumult had its origins in the housing bust and Crash of 2008

The Wall Street Journal's new Money & Investing chief, Francesco Guerrera, has an awfully narrow perspective about "Why This Crisis... More

Market Mess

Troubles pile up for the financial system and the economy

What happened in the markets today? Good luck figuring that out (you can't, really). Let's just say it's some combination... More

Blaming the Audience: Almost Always a Bad Idea

Marketplace's Heidi N. Moore lays into a listener for getting upset about Wall Street wanting to cut her entitlements. In... More

Audit Notes: Decline and Fall, Inflation Falls Again, Stress Indicators

Your Decline and Fall Moment of the Day comes from Standard & Poor's, the credit-ratings firm that was a core... More

Audit Notes: Panic in the Markets

The Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged 512 points today, some 4.3 percent, as panic takes hold in global markets. The... More

Excellent Reporting on the Revolving Door By American Banker

Paper’s FOIA request shows a former FHA commish palling around with his future employer

American Banker has a terrific story on the revolving door, digging into the records of former Federal Housing Authority commissioner... More

Virginian-Pilot journalists: Corporate management pressure is stifling coverage - “Lovers of journalism in this newsroom are pissed. It’s bad.”

The worst journalism of 2014 - A recap of the year’s most cringeworthy news blunders

Why the media don’t get Detroit—and why it matters - Coverage of declining cities is too often simplistic and lacking historical context

21st-century censorship - Governments around the world are using stealthy strategies to manipulate the media

Jesse Brown punctures Canada’s media bubble - The independent journalist uses his website and podcast to break stories that might otherwise go unpublished


We should all step back from security journalism (Medium)

“It should be made clear, in law, that the tasks security reseachers do to make the net more secure and journalists do to understand and contextualize the truth for the public are not crimes”

Trust In Business And Media Is Declining, But People Have Faith In Search Engines (Buzzfeed)

People have become less trusting of major institutions, according to the annual Edelman Trust Barometer. And large majorities doubt that businesses want to make the world a better place.

With New Charlie Hebdo Cover, News Value Should Have Prevailed (NYT)

Public editor Margaret Sullivan on why the paper should have published the images.

An Old Fogey’s Analysis of a Teenager’s View on Social Media (Medium)

“I feel the need to offer my perspective as someone who is not a teenager but who has thought about these issues extensively for years.”

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