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Zombie Lie Laboratory Creates 62 Percent Tax Rate Plan

The Wall Street Journal editorial page at work

Stephen Moore of The Wall Street Journal editorial board hacks out an instant classic on how to mislead people with... More

Elizabeth Warren Is Smeared, and the Press Is Along for the Ride

McHenry controversy shows the media copping out with he said-she said stories

You'd think the press could resist the he said-she said copy when the truth is easy to discern. Congressman Patrick... More

Audit Notes: Bloomberg Blues, Weil Audits Goldman’s Board, Does Not Compute

Slate's Jack Shafer shreds Bloomberg View, the new Bloomberg editorial page. He writes, "I'd rather go blind than look at... More

Bloomberg Ferrets Out New Details on the Fed’s Bailouts

There were so many bailouts going on in 2008 that Congress apparently forgot about some of them. Bloomberg gets a... More

Audit Notes: Marketers’ Memories, Labor’s Last Legs, Fortune in Afghanistan

Over at Wired, Jonah Lehrer looks at how marketers invade our heads: A new study, published in The Journal of... More

How to Corner the Oil Market

CFTC suit says traders manipulated crude prices in 2008; revisiting a Journal piece

The papers all play up the big news that Commodity Futures Trading Commission lawsuit is accusing three companies of helping... More

Audit Notes: Insider Trading on the Hill, Taibbi, Deficit vs. Jobs Coverage

Dan Froomkin of The Huffington Post reports on some very interesting research finding that the investment portfolios of members of... More

WaPo Pulls Up Short On Trade and Tariffs

The Washington Post looks at what happens when the U.S. actually fights low-priced Chinese imports with tariffs: The factories move... More

Audit Notes: Investigators Eye the Wall Street Mortgage Machine

After years of going nowhere, the investigation of the Wall Street securitization machine behind the financial crisis is finally showing... More

Outsourcing Investigations to the Suspects

The Washington Post looks at how the SEC lets companies probe themselves

If you're a watchdog/government regulator and you suspect a company of committing crimes, it's probably not the best idea to... More

Audit Notes: The Massey Report, Objectivity Comics, The Ultrawealthy

Here are the ledes from The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times stories this morning on the Massey... More

WNYC On Welfare for the Well-to-Do in the Bronx

Talk about an emblem of welfare for rich folks: Parking garages built for the New York Yankees to accompany their... More

A HuffPost Scoop, Overlooked By the Mainstream Press

HUD finds big banks defrauded taxpayers, but few follow the story

Shahien Nasiripour scored a foreclosure-fraud scandal scoop for The Huffington Post on Monday, reporting that audits of the mortgage industry... More

LinkedIn Bubble Trouble

How to report (and what not to leave out) on signs of frothiness in Silicon Valley

I've had a bit of a back and forth on Twitter in the last day with Business Insider's Joe Weisenthal,... More

Audit Notes: McKenna on Lowenstein; U.S., Island Rogue; Stat of the Day

Francine McKenna over at Forbes takes a swing at Roger Lowenstein's "Wall Street: Not Guilty" piece (see my take... More

WaPo Short-Arms a Promising Piece on Factory Jobs

The Washington Post gives us an interesting but blurry snapshot of the economy, looking at how the news about manufacturing,... More

Lowenstein Lets Wall Street Off the Hook

Not so fast.

Roger Lowenstein has a big piece out in Bloomberg BusinessWeek, an apology for Wall Street—duly celebrated by The New York... More

Audit Notes: WSJ on Selling Access, Wall Street-Style; Yanked; Small Paywalls

The Wall Street Journal has a very good page-one story on how Wall Street gives hedge funds access to key... More

Audit Notes: WSJ’s Deceptive Edits, NYT Glows for Bharara, Cohan Glowers

Jon Chait and Kevin Drum team up for a nifty demolition of that Wall Street Journal editorial page deception I... More

Now It’s the NYT’s Turn to Take On Trump Inc.

On Wednesday, the Los Angeles Times took a good look at Donald Trump's business empire and how he built it... More

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins - A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud - A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies


The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

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