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Audit Notes: Ma Bell II—Duopoly Edition

The Financial Times's John Gapper has an excellent column on why the AT&T's proposed deal for T-Mobile should be shot... More

Some Questions on the Debit-Reform Story

It strikes me that this Wall Street Journal story on the banks' "strange bedfellows" opposing debit-card rules probably should have... More

WSJ: Federal Regulator Bares Fangs At Wall Street

The Wall Street Journal has a reports this morning that federal regulators are playing smashmouth with Wall Street over their... More

Audit Notes: The Fed and Labor, Revolving Door Watch, Bank Dividends

Mike Konczal, aka Rortybomb, has a very interesting post asking questions about the impact of Federal Reserve policies have had... More

AT&T’s Cellphone Industry Rollup Gets Second-Day Scrutiny

The business press continues to be skeptical in its second-day coverage of AT&T's $39 billion deal for T-Mobile. That's a... More

Good Consolidation Coverage for a Change on AT&T Deal

The business press is skeptical of creating a duopoly in cell phone service

Fortune's Seth Weintraub pulls a four-year-old Stephen Colbert clip that's as good a place as any to kick off a... More

Supremes Rule for Bloomberg Over the Banks

A big press win as Mark Pittman’s lawsuit pries bailout records from the Federal Reserve

Chalk one up for the people's right to know over the bank arm of the government's right to spend our... More

The New York Times Paywall Looks Good

Leaky enough to preserve traffic and ads, but strong enough to add incremental revenue

The New York Times paywall is here, and it's about time. Don't ask me why it took so long and... More

The Journal Shines a Light on Modern Debtors’ Prisons

The paper finds creditors, including folks like AIG, getting thousands thrown in jail

The Wall Street Journal has an excellent story today reporting on the country's modern-day debtors' prisons, which I'd thought were... More

The Libor Lag

Why are investigators only now looking into things that happened three and four years ago?

The business papers all report news that the Department of Justice, SEC, and Commodities Futures Trading Commission (and apparently other... More

Gingrich’s Disingenuous Journal Op-Ed

Misleading on Obama, the Bush tax cuts, and the economy

Newt Gingrich is no doubt a smart man. So he surely knows better than to write what he and his... More

Audit Notes: Two Economies, Red-Handed Raj, Life at SXSW

Steven Pearlstein of the Washington Post comments on a new study out from an NYU prof that shows how globalization... More

As the Revolving Door Turns

The Wall Street Journal reports today that the head of the Federal Housing Administration, David H. Stevens, will become CEO... More

Audit Notes: When a Loss Isn’t a Loss, Lehman, WSJ on Nukes

You're going to hear a lot about all the "losses" insurers are going to be taking on the catastrophe in... More

Breakingviews Misses on the Fed’s Debit Card Rules

The banking lobby is pushing back bigtime against the Federal Reserve rules that would force it to stop gouging consumers... More

Watchdogs Eye the AG’s Foreclosure Fraud Settlement

Gretchen Morgenson yesterday criticized the states attorneys general for their proposed foreclosure fraud settlement, writing that it's a slapdash rush... More

Audit Notes: Lehman’s Green Monster, Sands Storm, Amazon Taxes

Bloomberg's Christine Harper Richard and Bob Ivry circle back to the Fenway deal Lehman Brothers made with Hudson Castle that... More

A Zombie Lie Is Born

CNBC’s false welfare-state story spreads far and wide

Two days ago I fisked a false report from CNBC that said more than a third of all wages and... More

The WSJ Flags an Accounting Trick on Private Pensions

The Wall Street Journal had an excellent story yesterday on how major companies are playing around with their pension accounting... More

Audit Notes: More Murdoch, Hiltzik on the Social Security Trust Fund

A couple of weeks ago, Allan Sloan wrote about Rupert Murdoch is using $673 million of his shareholders' money to... More

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks

Des Moines Register prepares for a ‘very stressful’ newsroom restructuring - Editor Amalie Nash speaks on turnover, transformation, and a virtual reality adventure

PBS pulls ads from Harper’s Magazine after critical essay - Piece argues public broadcaster has fallen under the sway of political influence and outside money

Should all journalists be on Twitter? - Reasons to take up or forgo the 140-character platform

The Tennessean is borrowing reporters from other Gannett papers - Music columnist Peter Cooper is latest journalist to part ways with Nashville paper


How one reporter copes inside the ‘Ebola bubble’ (BuzzFeed)

“Bring gloves to give nurses you meet at clinics, even if you’re there for a story. Get small change to give to the kids who have been out of school for months and are selling ground nuts for pitiful sums on the side of road. Hell, give them candy. Violate all the principles of ostensibly good aid stewardship, because the good stewardship of the developed world didn’t get help here in time, and now everyone is dying around you.”

Fake news sites using Facebook to spread Ebola panic (The Verge)

“These sites claim to be satirical but lack even incompetent attempts at anything resembling humor”

How Ben Bradlee dealt with flacks (Washington Post)

“I would like to be sure that you understand that we trust our editors’ news judgement and that we distrust yours”

Ben Bradlee, 93 (WaPo)

“From the moment he took over The Post newsroom in 1965, Mr. Bradlee sought to create an important newspaper that would go far beyond the traditional model of a metropolitan daily”

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