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Audit Notes: Ibanez Implications, The Daley Problem, Sbarro Sliced

The Ibanez verdict in Massachusetts Supreme Court is yet more confirmation that the foreclosure scandal will have serious repercussions for... More

The Wall Street Journal Plays Stenographer to Chris Christie

Is this a news story in The Wall Street Journal or a press release from the Office of the Governor... More

Audit Notes: Pension Woes, Inequality, Another Ratings Fiasco

Yves Smith takes on the media's reporting on state pension woes: "If you live in the world according to the... More

Daley Latest in a Long Line of Business-Friendly Obama Picks

A “conciliatory” move in an administration that’s seen plenty of them

The press is calling President Obama's appointment of JPMorgan Chase's William Daley as his new chief of staff a conciliatory... More

Audit Notes: Goldman’s Sophisticated Investors, Abacus Emails, Deindustrialization

The New York Times gets an interesting scoop on the Goldman Sachs deal for a stake in Facebook—one that values... More

ProPublica Shows Merrill Paid Traders to Take Its CDOs

An important story on how Wall Street kept the bubble going

I really hate when news organizations drop big stories over the holidays. For one, they have far less chance of... More

Hiltzik Takes on the FCC on the Comcast-NBC Deal

John Dunbar has a must-read piece in the current issue of Columbia Journalism Review on why the Comcast-NBC Merger is... More

Audit Notes: Goldman and Facebook, Chainsaws, Hudson on Tax History

Francine McKenna sums up the problem with Facebook's Goldman Sachs investment pretty succinctly over at Forbes: Facebook wants the public’s... More

Bloomberg Continues to Hit Corporate Tax Schemes

Jesse Drucker of Bloomberg has been doing some excellent reporting of the corporate-tax system and how companies are manipulating it... More

WSJ Keeps an Eye on Bank Fees

Annual fees for debit cards could be next

The Wall Street Journal does a good job today on how banks are plotting new fees to get around the... More

Audit Notes: Google v. Groupon, BofA Deal, The 99ers

The Wall Street Journal's Shira Ovide writes that Google, spurned by Groupon despite its stunning $6 billion offer for the... More

Bank of America’s Sweet Deal on Fannie and Freddie

The Washington Post got the best quote on the Bank of America settlement with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and... More

Best of 2010: Ryan Chittum

Chittum picks his top stories from 2009 2010

Business Journalism on Prozac: A look at an issue of Fortune finds the magazine painting a picture of the corporate... More

Audit Notes: The Bloomberg Way, Conflicts in Congress, Apple and Wikileakspedia

One of the knocks on Bloomberg News is that the place is a bit, well, cultish. This quote doesn't help... More

An Excellent WSJ Piece on Federal Regulators’ Inaction

The Wall Street Journal has an excellent follow to its scoop yesterday that New York is planning to sue Ernst... More

Audit Notes: Nocera on Wallison, The Corporate Court, Wall Street Pay

Joe Nocera weighed in Saturday on the ridiculous document released by the Republicans on the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission. Here... More

The WSJ Gives a Madoff the Soft Touch

Access and a celebrity-journalism-style puff piece

This looks for all the world like a publicist-driven story in The Wall Street Journal story on how Andrew Madoff... More

Audit Notes: Inequality in NYC, Reuters on Dumb Money, Ireland

Yves Smith, in a "Banana Republic Watch," points to a report (PDF) from the Fiscal Policy Institute that finds inequality... More

Covering the Republicans’ Crisis Commission Document

Bethany McLean shows why he said-she said reporting doesn’t cut it

The four Republicans on the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission released their own report Wednesday on the causes of the financial... More

Audit Notes: Deal Scoops; Gasparino on the Economy, Bloomberg Editorials

Deal journalism isn't our bag here, but this New York Observer story is worth noting all the same. It's interesting... 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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