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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

Michael Kinsley Takes Issue with an Audit Criticism

Michael Kinsley writes to say I missed the point of his column asking "Are we poorer than we used to... More

The Second-Day Fed Bailouts Coverage

From good to okay to non-existent

And just like that, the Federal Reserve bailout story disappears from the pages of The Wall Street Journal. There's not... More

Business Insider and Financial Press Sensationalism

Henry Blodget & Co. stroke the id of the Internet

What business press readers always lacked but never really needed was a tabloid sensationalist to hype up mundane markets and... More

Audit Notes: Too Big to Fail Edition

Kansas City Fed President Thomas Hoenig has a must-read op-ed in The New York Times on why too big to... More

Inured to “Trillions”

Take a step back on the Federal Reserve bailout story

The Federal Reserve is forced by Congress to reveal who it secretly bailed out with trillions of dollars in loans.... More

Reporting Anonymous Tweets

Don’t do it.

I've written before about how press standards tend to go wobbly when it comes to Apple gossip. Here's a prime... More

Bernanke’s Stimulus Call Finally Makes The WSJ

Two weeks later.

A couple of weeks ago, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke issued a public call for Congress and the president to... More

Audit Notes: The Federal Reserve’s Trillion-Dollar Bailout Document Dump

The Federal Reserve today released a trove of information, much of which was sought by Bloomberg's Mark Pittman lawsuit, on... More

The Overdraft Racket Continues

But reports differ on how many consumers have opted in to the fees

Back when the Federal Reserve adopted rules forcing banks to make customers opt in to overdraft "protection," it looked like... More

Audit Notes: Others on the Business Press

If you haven't read John Cassidy's piece in The New Yorker asking "What Good Is Wall Street?", get to it.... More

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

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Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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