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The Wall Street Journal: Murdochification Watch

The paper runs a thinly sourced, and quickly denied, scoop on non-News Corp. bribes

Rupert Murdoch's Wall Street Journal, unsurprisingly, hasn't done a whole lot of digging on the News Corp. hacking scandal. Or... More

Despite Debt Ceiling Deal, Wishy-Washy Stock Market Stories

The House approved the debt-ceiling/spending cuts deal after markets closed yesterday, and the Senate passed it today. The Dow is... More

Audit Notes: The Murdoch Lobby at Work, Davies in America, Audit Radio

Roger Cohen, author of one of the worst Murdoch apologies of the hacking scandal, heads to David Cameron and Rebekah... More

Follow a 99er Through the Press As the Money Runs Out

The long jobs crisis, with no end in sight, should prompt us to revisit older stories

Now that it's certain that our leaders have gone all in on austerity, despite a 9.2 percent unemployment rate and... More

Audit Notes: What News Corp. Knew, Mulcaire Talks, FT Paywall Success

The New York Times has a big scoop tonight on the Murdoch hacking scandal, reporting that News International and its... More

Debt-Ceiling Jitters Hit the Markets

European crisis and other bad news doesn’t help

I'm beginning to get that spring/summer 2008 feeling again, and it's no wonder. The latest GDP report this morning signals... More

Audit Notes: Another Davies Hacking Scoop, Greece, The Debt Ceiling

Nick Davies lands another big scoop on the Murdoch hacking scandal, reporting that police investigators believe the News of the... More

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

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks

Des Moines Register prepares for a ‘very stressful’ newsroom restructuring - Editor Amalie Nash speaks on turnover, transformation, and a virtual reality adventure

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

The Tennessean is borrowing reporters from other Gannett papers - Music columnist Peter Cooper is latest journalist to part ways with Nashville paper


Fake news sites using Facebook to spread Ebola panic (The Verge)

“These sites claim to be satirical but lack even incompetent attempts at anything resembling humor”

How Ben Bradlee dealt with flacks (Washington Post)

“I would like to be sure that you understand that we trust our editors’ news judgement and that we distrust yours”

Ben Bradlee, 93 (WaPo)

“From the moment he took over The Post newsroom in 1965, Mr. Bradlee sought to create an important newspaper that would go far beyond the traditional model of a metropolitan daily”

I’m a black journalist quitting media because I’m sick of racism (TNR)

“Among the challenges that make racism so difficult to fix, and so odiously constant, is that white people often don’t even recognize when they’re saying or doing something that cuts their black colleagues to the bone”

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