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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

WSJ Parrots Governor Christie on Jobs

But missing context undermines the governor’s—and the paper’s—story

The idea, I suppose, of The Wall Street Journal's Greater New York section was to bring a little Journal touch... More

When Regulators Shrink, Press Responsibilities Rise

Republicans signal intent to return to the status quo ante

The quasi re-regulation of finance is less than two years old, but it's already facing the rollback from leadership in... More

Pearlstein Takes On Google’s Threat to Competition

The Washington Post's Steven Pearlstein takes up the Google monopoly case today with an excellent column in The Washington Post.... More

Most of the Press Misses Foreclosure Scandal News (UPDATED)

Iowa's attorney general said yesterday that he will bring criminal charges over the foreclosure scandal. But most of the press... More

Audit Notes: Fallows on Orszag, The Atlantic in the Black, Google

Obama cabinet official Peter Orszag took a spin through the revolving door and ended up in a million-dollar sinecure at... More

“Uncertainty” Trotted Out in the Journal

Business code for “we may not get our way”

If there's one thing our titans of industry can't stand, it's uncertainty. We've seen that excuse trotted out over and... More

Audit Notes: Risky Business, Two Economies, Google and Monopoly

The New York Times is good to keep an eye on signs of a return of risky lending. Today it... More

Bloomberg Poll: Stick It to Wall Street

Bloomberg News got some stunning numbers polling Americans on whether big bonuses should be banned at Wall Street's bailout recipients,... More

Google’s Search Dominance Comes In Handy for Its Other Businesses

The Wall Street Journal looks at a key competitive issue on the Web.

Google has a near-monopoly on search in the U.S. It uses that dominant position to boost its other businesses at... More

Audit Notes: Herald-Tribune Investigation, Drumbeat, Nothing for the 99ers

Down in Florida, State Farm has exited its coastal hurricane-insurance business, saying it couldn't afford it anymore. But thanks to... More

Goldman Exec’s “Rough Language” on Manipulating the Market

Senator Carl Levin released emails yesterday showing a Goldman Sachs executive exhorting his traders to engineer a short-squeeze The Wall... More

Audit Notes: Don’t Buy Our Bonds!, Rail FAIL, Orszag to Citigroup

New York Lieutenant Governor Richard Ravitch went off the reservation in a speech today, Bloomberg reports. First, he criticizes state... More

The Obama Administration’s Financial-Fraud Stunt Backfires

The press shows the feds’ numbers are phony and asks where the whales are.

Boy, the Obama administration's slapdash PR effort to show it's cracking down on financial fraud sure looks to be failing—and... More

Audit Notes: Where Are the Coppers?, Obama and FDR, WSJ

Is that the sound of a drumbeat coming out of Andrew Ross Sorkin's DealBook? Sorkin wrote a great piece yesterday... More

The NYT Shows Why Cuomo’s After Rattner

Emails show ex-private-equity investor and car czar misled investigators early in the probe

The New York Times fronts an excellent story on the Steven Rattner scandal this morning. If you wondered why Andrew... More

Andrew Ross Sorkin: Fraud Triggered the Financial Crisis

A more important statement than you might think from the NYT’s Wall Street guy

There was a tough column in The New York Times yesterday on how the feds' are going after the minnows... More

Slate Takes on Amazon’s Unfair Advantage

The retailer manipulates nexus law to give customers tax breaks competitors can’t offer

Slate's Farhad Manjoo wrote last month about how online retailers like Amazon get a huge unfair advantage over their bricks... More

NYT, Jamie Dimon, and Too Big to Fail

Felix Salmon already dissected Roger Lowenstein's, as he called it, "credulous" New York Times Mag profile of press favorite Jamie... 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


Insufferable parenthetical asides, ranked (The Hairpin)

18. (strictly for the mise-en-scene)

You are now entering the demented kingdom of William T. Vollmann (TNR)

“Franzen tells a hilarious story of being a young writer in New York, meeting Vollmann, becoming fast friends, and inaugurating a draft swap. A while later, they exchanged work. Franzen gave Vollmann a dozen chiseled pages. Vollmann gave Franzen an entire novel.”

39 pieces of advice for journalists and writers of color (BuzzFeed)

“Make yourself indispensable. Dispel any rumors, however quiet, that you are just there for a ‘quota’”

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