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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

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

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


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”

I’m a black journalist quitting media because I’m sick of racism (TNR)

“Among the challenges that make racism so difficult to fix, and so odiously constant, is that white people often don’t even recognize when they’re saying or doing something that cuts their black colleagues to the bone”

High Times hits middle age (NYMag)

After 40 years, every issue still features a weed centerfold

Lawmakers on why they’re mired in place (Esquire)

Mark Warren “spoke with 90 members of the House and Senate about what’s gone so wrong in Congress. Sometimes it got a little emotional.”

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