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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

Corporate Cousins

A walk down memory lane with the Murdoch media

Daniel Gross brings up the fact that it's been two years since Michael Boskin's editorial in The Wall Street Journal... More

Conflating Social Security and Medicare/Medicaid

Meanwhile, while we're pointing out games journalists play and the question of whether Social Security is welfare, WaPo's Robert J.... More

CNBC Misleads on “Welfare State” Dominance

Bad math overstates government payouts

(UPDATE: See my follow-up post here: A Zombie Lie Is Born: CNBC’s false welfare-state story spreads far and wide.) There... More

The Times Ups the Ante on the SEC’s Madoff Mess

The New York Times has a great scoop this morning advancing the ball on the SEC's entanglement with Bernie Madoff.... More

Deal Myopia in the WSJ and NYT on Hard Drive Merger

Here's a good example of how poorly the business press covers acquisitions that could hurt competition. The Wall Street Journal... More

Audit Notes: Journalists Subpoenaed, Private Pension Woes, Galleon

Matthew Goldstein of Reuters reports that several business journalists are caught up in the crossfire between Fairfax Financial and hedge... More

The WSJ Overreaches On Wisconsin Democrats Story

The Wall Street Journal went A1 with a big scoop this morning that "Democrats to End Union Standoff" in Wisconsin.... More

Audit Notes: Fox on the Overpaid, Winkler Smiles, FT Ads

The Fox News propaganda machine has been ramped up to portray $700 a week teachers and other government employees as... More

Wall Street Running Out the Clock on Crash Charges (UPDATED)

Prosecutors finally focus on CDOs as the statute of limitations is running out

The housing bubble popped five years ago. The securitization market went haywire four years ago, shortly after the derivatives market... More

Baby Boomers and the Labor Force

The aging of the population lowers the percentage of people working

James Pethokoukis of Reuters looks at the job numbers out this morning, which showed headline unemployment dropping to 8.9 percent,... More

The Crystal Ball For Chris Dodd Revisited

A trip through the revolving door, but not to Wall Street

Newly retired Democratic Senator Chris Dodd has now announced what he'll be doing for a post-Senate career: lobbying for Hollywood.... More

CNBC Pushes the Financial-Terrorism Nonsense

“Really good information” on why “outside forces may have” caused the 2008 Crash

I took the hammer to The Washington Times the other day for a dumb story on a report that says... More

Audit Notes: Criminal Query, Ritholtz on McKinsey; Obama’s Jobs Panel

— The Financial Times reports that the SEC is investigating whether Las Vegas Sands bribed foreign officials. The headline: Sands... More

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

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


A First Look update (First Look Media)

“[R]ather than immediately launching a large collection of digital ‘magazines’ based on strong, expert journalists with their own followings, as we imagined earlier, we’ll begin by building out the two we’ve started and then explore adding new ones as we learn”

The White House deploys minders to interviews all the time (WaPo)

“Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between reporters and the proverbial ‘senior administration officials’ is conducted in the presence of a press staffer”

The down-and-dirty history of TMZ (BuzzFeed)

“TMZ’s real engine — what defines its mission, what legitimizes it and sets it apart — is a unique and controversial mix of scandal mongering and investigative journalism”

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.”

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