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ProPublica Catches Ally Financial Making It Up

ProPublica has a terrific report today nailing Ally Financial (the former GMAC) for faking mortgage documents in order to foreclose... More

Rupert Murdoch and the Corporate Culture of News Corp.

Its abysmal corporate governance is symptomatic of a deeper disregard for the rules

Rupert Murdoch's board of directors was in the spotlight a bit yesterday, with stories in The Daily Beast and The... More

Audit Notes: The Debt Ceiling Blame, Murdoch’s Meddling, Thou Shalt Not Autoplay Videos

Frustrated with the debt-ceiling coverage, which is far too even-handed, I wrote this last night on Twitter: it's very simple:... More

The NYT Paywall Is Out of the Gate Fast

281,000 paying digital subscribers in three months show readers will pay for quality news

The Wall Street Journal has long had a successful online paywall. The Financial Times has one, too. We can confidently... More

CNN, Piers Morgan, and the Hacking Scandal

Questions raised about primetime anchor’s tenure as a tabloid editor

It would be rather ironic if Fox News enemy CNN turns out to have a hacking-scandal-by-association problem on its hands,... More

Audit Notes: Ex-Execs Flip, Rupert’s Management, Daily Show

The big Murdoch hacking scandal news today is that two former News of the World executives contradicted James Murdoch's... More

The Murdoch Pushback: Attacking the Press

Pathetic attempts to play down the scandal fall flat before the facts

There have been a number of efforts lately—obnoxious efforts—to say News Corporation's hacking scandal is some kind of "piling on"... More

Audit Notes: The Murdochs at Parliament, In the Journal, and Via Fox News

How sweet would it have been if The Guardian's Nick Davies had been on the committee questioning Rupert and James... More

Murdoch’s Journal, Joe Nocera, and Fox-ification

The paper has slipped, but don’t give up on it yet

We've long been critical of the changes Rupert Murdoch has wrought at The Wall Street Journal. But Joe Nocera of... More

Audit Notes: Les Hinton, Translating Murdoch Jr., UK Tabloid Culture

The Guardian writes today that the "Phone hacking spotlight falls on former News International boss Les Hinton." As well it... More

Another Guardian Scoop: Destruction of Evidence at News Corp.

One benefit of being nearly alone on a story for years: When everybody suddenly wakes up to it, you've still... More

The Audit TV: Murdoch Hacking Scandal

The News of the World hacking scandal is like the Super Bowl of media criticism or something. I talked to... More

A Young Rupert Murdoch in Britain, Via the BBC Archives

Adam Curtis pulls fascinating archival footage that shows the tycoon on his way up

The BBC's Adam Curtis has a fascinating blog called The Medium and the Message where he digs into the network's... More

Also Exposed by The Guardian: Murdoch’s Grip on U.K.’s Elites

And it isn’t pretty

A lot of powerful people in the UK have suddenly found their spines in the last few days. That's perhaps... More

Audit Notes: News Corporation Hacking Scandal Edition

The Guardian's Nick Davies, the person most responsible for unearthing Rupert Murdoch's News of the World scandal, has another must-read... More

News of the World and U.S. Media Culture

I was asked an interesting question earlier today by a BBC producer who wanted to know about the American angle... More

1955: When Chase Was Too Small to Bail

American Banker has a fun flashback that helps show how out of whack our financial system has gotten in the... More

Audit Notes: Rein In Rupert, “The Age of Greed”, Bartlett on Thatcher

The Independent's Matthew Norman says it will be a disgrace if Britain doesn't come together to end Murdoch's outsize control... More

News Corp. and Murdoch Swamped By Hacking Scandal News

Revelations come fast and furious in the twenty-four hours after a Guardian bombshell

The Murdoch hacking scandal has metastasized twenty-four hours after The Guardian's bombshell that News Corporation's News of the World tabloid... More

Murdoch’s Hacking Scandal Gets Much Worse

The Guardian shows News Corporation at an all-time low (and that’s saying something)

Sometimes you wonder if Rupert Murdoch's empire could get any viler, and then, sure as the sun will rise in... More

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

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