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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

Cries For Help From Wall Street

Tie our hands before we strike again

Financial Times columnist John Gapper had a good piece in New York a couple of weeks back about the psychology... More

Audit Notes: Financial Fraud and the Economy, TBTF Debts, Health Care

Mike Konczal has some good thoughts on the Levin-Coburn Report, financial fraud, and ProPublica's Pulitzer win for their Wall Street... More

Barron’s On a Deadly Russian Tax Heist

Bureaucrats and thugs laundered hundreds of millions through Credit Suisse

Bill Alpert has a must-read story in Barron's this week—a wild tale of overt Russian corruption involving a $230 million... More

Chris Christie’s Corporate Welfare

A $102 million tax break for a Japanese company to stay in New Jersey

Chris Christie is a hero to the right and something of a media darling for his willingness to slash government... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


Insufferable parenthetical asides, ranked (The Hairpin)

18. (strictly for the mise-en-scene)

You are now entering the demented kingdom of William T. Vollmann (TNR)

“Franzen tells a hilarious story of being a young writer in New York, meeting Vollmann, becoming fast friends, and inaugurating a draft swap. A while later, they exchanged work. Franzen gave Vollmann a dozen chiseled pages. Vollmann gave Franzen an entire novel.”

39 pieces of advice for journalists and writers of color (BuzzFeed)

“Make yourself indispensable. Dispel any rumors, however quiet, that you are just there for a ‘quota’”

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