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SI/CBS College Football Investigation Lacks Context

Their stats on player arrests aren’t so eye-opening after all

Sports Illustrated and CBS News are out with a big investigation into crime in college football. They looked at the... More

Audit Notes: Unnamed Source No-No, “Grassroots” Wisconsin, Kinsley

The Washington Post gives us a case study today in how not to use anonymous sources. It reports that the... More

USA Today’s Ham-fisted Public Workers Story

USA Today runs a poor story this morning that says its analysis finds that government workers make more in total... More

Now It’s Blame-the-Terrorists For the Crash of ‘08

We've had the blame-the-borrowers campaign a la Rantin' Rick Santelli. We've seen the blame-the-gubmint campaign a la Peter Wallison. Now... More

PolitiFact Shows A Fox Host Is Wrong, But Hedges Its Verdict (UPDATED)

For an organization whose reason for being is to judge what's a fact and what's not, PolitiFact sure has a... More

Audit Notes: Grand Oil Party, The Limits of Anecdote, Mod Investors

The Economist's Matt Steinglass reports on an egregious government giveaway to the oil companies—one that started accidentally and has now... More

HuffPo Shows OCC Still Poster Child of Regulatory Capture

The Huffington Post's Shahien Nasiripour has some interesting reporting in a story on the Obama administration's move to settle the... More

WSJ Slips Up on a Union Story

And its misses tilt toward the anti-labor side

The Wall Street Journal's page-one story yesteday on the union battle in Wisconsin erred on a few points, all of... More

NYT’s Scoop on an Alleged Roger Ailes Coverup

Lawyers say the Fox chief urged Judith Regan to lie to the feds about Giuliani pal Bernie Kerik

The New York Times has an excellent scoop out today that could mean trouble for Fox News's Roger Ailes. It's... More

Audit Notes: A Mirror For Scott Walker, SPJ Outraged at Blogger, Foreclosures

Steven Pearlstein goes into his columnists' bag of tricks to show how crazy Governor Scott Walker's agenda would be if... More

The SEC, Tangled Up in Madoff

How about that Irving Picard? The lawyer trying to recover cash for Bernie Madoff's victims had the nerve to sue... More

Audit Notes: Watchdog Blogging, Union Power, Stadium Economics

The blog Gin and Tacos makes a fantastic catch on Wisconsin Republican Governor Scott Walker's effort to take away the... More

One For the Whistleblowers

The government has thrown up its hands and says it can't prosecute Angelo Mozilo, despite the fact that his company... More

Madoff’s Maddening Jailhouse Interview

Diana Henriques has a huge get for The New York Times this morning: The first interview of Bernie Madoff since... More

Audit Notes: HBGary Federal, Jeff Sachs Goes Off, Gaming Google

ArsTechnica has a great ticktock on how the HBGary Federal scandal broke open, recounting how its CEO got into a... More

MIT Bloggers and Sorkin Take Down a Derivatives Study

Andrew Ross Sorkin has a good column this morning exposing yet another misleading campaign affiliated with the Chamber of Commerce.... More

AOL’s HuffPo Premium Doesn’t Mean Much For the NYT

Frederic Filloux has some harsh criticism of The Huffington Post's business model, calling it "a digital sandcastle." But what caught... More

The HBGary Federal Scandal

Many questions need answering as hackers shine a light on the private-security underworld

I asked the press on Friday to quickly get on the disturbing story of HBGary Federal et al on Friday.... More

Audit Notes: HBGary Federal, Bank CEOs Stock Sales, Adam Gopnik

This is one of the more disturbing stories I've read in a while. So far, no one in the mainstream... More

Amazon Bolts Texas’s “Unfavorable Regulatory Environment”

But there’s more to the story than we get from the AP and The Dallas Morning News

The Associated Press reports that Amazon is closing its Texas warehouse due to—and this is a direct Amazon quote—the state's... More

16 women whose digital startups deserve Vox-level plaudits - A look at the media entrepreneurs who aren’t grabbing headlines

Why was ‘Dasani’ shut out of the Pulitzers? - 5 problems with The New York Times’ ambitious, influential series on the life of one homeless Brooklyn girl

The AP downplays its Obamacare scoop - Repeal on deductible caps marks another step in The Great Cost Shift

The enduring pull of mag covers - Why do magazine cover images still hold so much cultural power in this decline-of-print era?

Michael Wolff’s digital media bloopers - The Newser founder trolls (other) digital-news companies


The shirt on your back

How did the clothes you’re wearing get to you? We trace the human cost of the Bangladeshi garment industry in video, words and pictures

Anxious royalist

Fantastic letter in The Times

Coming out as a porn star

How do you tell your family and friends?

The truth about Google X

A look behind the secretive lab’s closed doors

New Jersey’s good government

Despite the bridge scandal, Chris Christie’s state is relatively transparent and accountable. CJR’s Greg Marx talks to Gordon Witkin

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