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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

Audit Notes: Gutting Blame-the-Borrowers, Geithner Going? Wages and Profits

Barry Ritholtz says "First, Blame the Lenders" in a good post today over at The Big Picture on the crisis... More

Deadspin Is Excellent on a Bogus Tax Break for Wealthy Team Owners

Gawker's sports site Deadspin got hold of some New Jersey Nets financial statements from a few years ago and uses... More

Bank of America’s Disastrous Countrywide Deal

The “dumb” money squandered tens of billions of dollars on Angelo Mozilo’s predatory lender

In The Big Short, hedge fund investor Steve Eisman recalled the time he heard Bank of America CEO Ken Lewis... More

Audit Notes: The Swipe-Fee Battle, Homeless Kids, Angelides on Fire

Bloomberg News has an excellent recount of how the debit-card swipe-fee battle was waged. Its headline is just about perfect:... More

Bank of America’s Big Countrywide Settlement

Bank of America is going to fork over $8.5 billion to mortgage-bond investors lied to by Countrywide Financial, the Wall... More

Pioneer Press On a Renting Crisis and the Almost-Homeless

The St. Paul Pioneer Press does a good job looking at how a serious lack of affordable housing and the... More

A Bloomberg Investigation Exposes Cisco’s Tax Hypocrisy

CEO pushes for a repatration holiday while working hard to move profits overseas

Cisco's billionaire CEO John Chambers has led the recent campaign to let multinationals repatriate their overseas profits to the U.S.... More

Audit Notes: Pogue Problems, Wall Street Arrest, Mortgage Assets Crashing Again

Jim Romenesko scoops that a PR newsletter is selling $159 tickets to watch David Pogue say what pitches he likes... More

Bribery Without Bribers

James B. Stewart brings up an undercovered story; Tyson Foods executives walked

James B. Stewart got off to a strong start this weekend with his new New York Times column, which fills... More

An NYT Default Story Has Finance Industry Tunnel Vision

The paper gets it all wrong on Argentina’s lessons for Greece

The New York Times posted a truly awful story online yesterday headlined "Argentina's Default Offers a Cautionary Tale for Greece."... More

Reuters Brings a Deustche Derivatives Whistleblower to the Surface

Reuters's Matthew Goldstein has an eye-raising scoop today, reporting that Deutsche Bank fired a top credit default swaps trader in... More

Audit Notes: Magnetar Misled, Anonymous But On the Record, WSJ Jet Probe

I wrote about JPMorgan's Magnetar settlement this morning, but it's important to note that it shows once and for all... 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


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”

How one reporter copes inside the ‘Ebola bubble’ (BuzzFeed)

“Bring gloves to give nurses you meet at clinics, even if you’re there for a story. Get small change to give to the kids who have been out of school for months and are selling ground nuts for pitiful sums on the side of road. Hell, give them candy. Violate all the principles of ostensibly good aid stewardship, because the good stewardship of the developed world didn’t get help here in time, and now everyone is dying around you.”

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