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An FCC Commissioner’s Brazen Dash Through the Revolving Door

Buried by The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg News

The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg News show some terrible news judgment today, burying news that FCC Commissioner Meredith Attwell... More

Microsoft-Skype Gets Bubble-Era Hype from the Times (UPDATED)

The Journal and FT bring much-needed skepticism about the deal

The New York Times goes A1 with a breathless second-day story that shows some of the perils of deal reporting.... More

L.A. Times Examines Trump’s Gold-Plated Corporate Welfare

How do you handle covering a candidacy that's primarily a publicity stunt by a crazed ego and presshound—one with approximately... More

Audit Notes: “People Love It,” The New Nocera, NYT Parody Flop

Andrew Ross Sorkin has a good column on a panel of top financiers discussing financial reform and too big to... More

Race to the Bottom

A Times story illustrates a peril that is a virtue to some

The New York Times gave this piece as big a play as you'll see a non-news story get yesterday, going... More

U.S. Oil Is Limited and Fungible, the HuffPost Reports

The Huffington Post's Michael McAuliff has a good piece of reporting on the potential impact of a bill the House... More

Audit Notes: UBS Fraud, Stevie Cohen, Bankers 4 Liz Warren!

So a giant Swiss bank defrauds American taxpayers. It bid-rigs the muni-bond derivatives market. It pays kickbacks and bribes. The... More

Murdoch’s Hacking Scandal

Two stories cover the political, police, and press angles on the News Corp. coverup

If you haven't followed the growing scandal at Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation, it's worth sitting down with Sarah Ellison's piece... More

Audit Notes: CEO Porn; Ryan Avent on Paul Ryan; Sbarro, Cooked

Gary Weiss says the tarnishing of Warren Buffett is a useful moment for the press to stand back and quit... More

Old-School Journal Leder Spotted in the Wild

The paper finds greenwashing in the jungle by Estée Lauder

The Wall Street Journal has a superb page-one story today about greenwashing—the reality behind an American company's marketing of an... More

Audit Notes: Globalization and Corporate Crime, Capital Gains, Auto Correct

— Columbia's Jeffrey Sachs is riled up these days. He has an interesting piece on how and why corporate crime... More

The Regulators on the Bus

A Times story shows the resources gap between regulators and Wall Street

We've wondered often just what it is that makes our financial regulators so toothless in the wake of the widespread... More

Audit Notes: Levin-Coburn Referrals; Falling Dollar, Rising Exports; Amazon Watch

Bloomberg reports that Senators Carl Levin and Tom Coburn have formally referred their bipartisan investigation of the financial crisis, and... More

Lucky Duckies Waddle Onto the WSJ News Pages

The poor and lower middle class pay federal taxes, too

The Wall Street Journal has a poor story today reporting that "High-Earning Households Pay Growing Share of Taxes." The paper's... More

Too Big to Fail: New Jersey Mall Edition

Chris Christie can’t let Xanadu go under; $400 million in corporate welfare

What corporate interest won't Chris Christie subsidize with taxpayer dollars? The New Jersey governor, press favorite, and conservative hero is... More

WSJ Notes That Commodities Go Down, Too

The business press is much more sensitive to signs of price increases than it is to signs of price decreases.... More

The WSJ Editorial Board Whiffs on Taxes

Bad math plus hypocrisy on deficits equals Review & Outlook

The New Republic's Jonathan Chait and Columbia's Jeffrey Sachs rip into the Wall Street Journal editorial page for making some... More

Follow the Money Leads On the Iowa AG

While the press follows on a campaign-cash story

The National Institute on Money in State Politics's Follow The Money site reports on how campaign donations from the financial... More

WSJ Goes Page One With Another Gold “Record”

But in real terms the price is more than a third below its peak three decades ago

It's time for another round of hyped and misleading "gold hits a record" stories. Gold closed at $1,500 for the... More

Big Companies and Jobs, Then and Now

New York's Andre Tartar has a intriguing post on the biggest American corporations and how much their employment levels have... More

Why Obama’s statement on reporters’ arrests in Ferguson is hypocritical - The president defends reporters in Ferguson, but demands compliance from James Risen

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

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’

First Look runs headlong into journalism’s two big problems - Growing pains at the Omidyar/Greenwald venture


Tour guide wars at a Paris cemetery (WSJ)

“Because dead men tell no tales, visitors to Père Lachaise cemetery lend their ears to Bertrand Beyern”

Last call (Medium)

“The death of newspapers is sad, but the threatened loss of journalistic talent is catastrophic. If that’s you, it’s time to learn something outside the production routine of your current job.”

Maureen Dowd on James Risen (NYT)

“Risen may be trapped in Ibsen, but Obama is channeling Orwell”

Preparing yourself to cover chaos (Medium)

“There are things you should know before you show up, and you’re not going to find them in the current news cycle”

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