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Becky Quick Thinks the Fed Is Too Focused on Jobs

That makes no sense historically or in the current context

CNBC's Becky Quick uses her Fortune column to argue that the Federal Reserve should break the law. The law says... More

Bercovici Is Wrong on “Journalism 2.0” Causing Afghan Murders

Forbes's Jeff Bercovici would like you to know that those UN workers murdered in Afghanistan after a Florida Koran-burning were... More

ProPublica and Fortune’s Unhelpful Post on GE’s Taxes

Taking the company’s word for it to rebut The New York Times

Fortune's Allan Sloan and ProPublica's Jeff Gerth asserted a couple of days ago that The New York Times got it... More

Audit Notes: BizWeek Soars, Barofsky in Fortune, A Picture of Deflation

It's been more than a year now since Bloomberg took over BusinessWeek, rebranded it, expanded it, and put Josh Tyrangiel... More

A Little Healthy Outrage on Executive Pay

Roger Lowenstein had an excellent Bloomberg column a couple of weeks ago on outlandish executive compensation. Unfortunately, it got one... More

60 Minutes With a Good Look at the Foreclosure Scandal

Hats off to 60 Minutes and Scott Pelley for taking a nice look at the foreclosure scandal on Sunday. Pelley... More

A Triangle Shirtwaist-Like Disaster, Buried By the U.S. Press

Outsourcing tragedies while paying a sliver of what our workers made 100 years ago

The Consumerist has a fascinating post asking whether we've really eliminated our Triangle Shirtwaist Factory disasters or if we've just... More

Audit Notes: Hiltzik on Drug R&D, A 1 Percent “Score”, Paywalls

The Los Angeles Times's Michael Hiltzik finds a study that questions the drug lobby's line on how much it costs... More

Audit Notes: Forced Fed, Bank Wages, Schroeder on Buffett

The press continues to rifle through the Fed's discount window data dump, finding that Some 70 percent of all loans... More

A Times Snapshot of the Gilded Age Economy

The very rich do very well while the rest of the country suffers

The New York Times's business coverage today is good and depressing—a portrait of our Second Gilded Age. On page one,... More

Audit Notes: Bloomberg on the Fed, OCC Meddles for Banks, Who Runs the World

Bloomberg News is flooding the zone on the Fed's discount-window document dump, which the central bank had to disclose after... More

An Atlantic Ghost Story

Housing crash porn with no “there” there

The Atlantic runs a slideshow post by 24/7 Wall St.'s Douglas A. McIntyre with the click-me headline "The New American... More

GE Flubs a Pushback Against The New York Times

The company can’t—or won’t—get its story straight on taxes

General Electric went into full public-relations pushback mode after The New York Times's damaging story Friday on how it avoids... More

Audit Notes: The Dimon Dare; Bloomberg’s Bank FOIA, Hamsters Attack!

The Financial Times reports tonight that press favorite Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan Chase, that regulation is going to kill... More

SIGTARP Barofsky Skewers Treasury’s TARP Defense

Today's must-read comes from Neil Barofsky, the TARP's special inspector general, in a New York Times op-ed. He guts the... More

Audit Notes: Banks Mislead, The South and Unions, Shareholder Capitalism

Adam Levitin of Georgetown Law and Credit Slips calls out the banking lobby for an "incredibly dishonest" attempt to mislead... More

The WSJ Is Excellent On Bad Doctors

Using a Medicare database to find outlying surgeons

The Wall Street Journal has been mining a massive Medicare database for an investigative series on Medicare—particularly its costs and... More

NYT Follows Walmart’s Weird OSHA Fight

The New York Times reported this weekend that a judge upheld $7,000 fine OSHA levied against Walmart for the trampling... More

Audit Notes: Mortgage Industry Conflicts of Interest Edition

American Banker has a smart story on "How Not to Make a Mortgage Servicing Settlement," taking a look at the... More

NYT Is Superb On General Electric’s Tax Avoidance

Plus, David Kocieniewski continues his Charlie Rangel exposés

(UPDATE: See my follow-up post on GE's poor PR response to the Times's story) The New York Times unloads a... 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


The 10 worst New Yorker longreads (Gawker)

“[A]pparently [Adam] Gopnik did not know you could bake fancy breads from France and other cultures. So he got his mom to teach him how to bake them. A fine anecdote, maybe, to tell a friend or a therapist. But in this case he wrote about it for the New Yorker, a magazine.”

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.”

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