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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

Audit Notes: Sunday Papers, Weymouth’s Payday, Ayn Rand

Ken Doctor has some interesting thoughts at the Nieman Journalism Lab on why The New York Times's paywall pricing steers... More

Better to Be Skeptical Than Sanguine About Soaring Tech Valuations (UPDATED)

Henry Blodget's Business Insider runs a column today from a prominent Silicon Valley venture capitalist arguing that there's no new... More

Why won’t journalists ask Bill Cosby the tough questions? - Sexual assault charges are hardly ever mentioned to the TV star

Knoxville’s alt-weekly wasn’t losing money. It got shut down anyway - Scripps pulls the plug on Metro Pulse in favor of an entertainment supplement for the local daily

Chuck Todd’s Obama book says more about the author than it does about the president - ‘The Stranger’ underscores a broader problem with the way we cover politics

Beware labeling Pope Francis a liberal - Political boxes like liberal/conservative and evolutionist/creationist miss his real significance

The Virginian-Pilot produces a breakthrough investigation amid layoffs - Reporter John Holland discusses how the story came together, newsroom cutbacks, and colleagues who cover for each other


Which media outlets use ‘illegal immigrant’? (Fusion)

“[I]n spite of all the good reasons not to use the phrase, it is still very easy to find in the US press, even in headlines”

Jack Shafer on losing his job (Capital New York)

“Right now, my immediate plan is to go to work as a lay therapist at The Intercept to bring the healing there so John Cook and Matt Taibbi can return. I have great interpersonal skills.”

On outlets that continue to call unknown drone victims ‘militants’ (The Intercept)

“Like the US drone program itself, this deceitful media practice continues unabated”

UNITY’s convention is no more (All Digitocracy)

“The organization’s board of directors decided that UNITY will no longer host the quadrennial conferences for which it had become known”

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