Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Last Update: Wed 3:17 PM EST

Author Archive

Articles by Ryan Chittum | Email the Author

All But Ignoring the Fed’s Call for More Stimulus

Deficit-obsessed newspapers stuff Bernanke’s plea for near-term spending or tax cuts

Last week, Ben Bernanke, Federal Reserve chairman, Republican, Bush appointee, calm technocrat, called for more fiscal stimulus (government spending and/or... More

Audit Notes: WSJ Scoop, SAC’s Golf Guy, Two Old Guys Flailing

The Wall Street Journal has a big scoop out this evening, reporting that the federal government is winding up a... More

Unemployment Benefits as Search Engine Bait

Readers want to know about this issue. Many of them need to know

When I think of SEO (search engine optimization), silly slide shows and headlines about Lindsey Lohan come to mind. But... More

Covering the Unemployment Benefits Extension Vote

The reporting and play on a critical issue for millions needs to be a lot better

(UPDATE: Thanks for the comments, all. All I can say is I hope things turn around for you—soon. I've quoted... More

The Former Car Czar Kicks Back on CNBC

Network lets Rattner guest host as subpoenas, settlements, and lawsuits fly

It's probably not the best idea to let somebody in the news for bribing public officals guest-host your news show.... More

The Chamber of Commerce, Front for Hated Industries

Bloomberg reveals health insurers gave $86 million to oppose Obama’s reform plan

Bloomberg gets a great scoop on the Chamber of Commerce, reporting that the health-insurance industry gave the secretive nonprofit a... More

Deflation Warning Signs, Mostly Buried in the Press

Core inflation at a 57-year low isn’t big news for the NYT, WaPo, and LAT

Core inflation hit a record low last month, a warning sign that the economy could be heading toward Japan-style deflation.... More

Audit Notes: Catching Up With Wall Street, Princess Dresses, Olbermann and Objectivity

The New York Observer's Max Abelson takes a look at the Wall Street people who nearly crashed the world. Where... More

The FT Talks to the Little Guy

A story told through regular folks in Ireland, rather than Davos Men

This isn't a particularly great story by the Financial Times, but I'm going to applaud it anyway, because it shows... More

A Particularly Weak WSJ Page One

One-sided on the deficit, plus stale news, and a royal yawner

Boy, this morning's Wall Street Journal page one leaves a lot to be desired. First, there's this story: States Offer... More

Audit Notes: ProPub vs. BofA, Wall Street in the White House, Short-Armed

I love to see the press just flat-out say somebody's full of it. ProPublica's Karen Weise does that today, calling... More

Reporting Commodity Price Swings

Stories often lead readers to believe inflationary impact is greater than it really is

Bloomberg shouts this headline today about commodity prices going up: Gap, Wal-Mart Clothing Costs Rise on ‘Terrifying’ Cotton Prices Its... More

LAT Watchdogs Wall Street on the GM IPO

The banks just can’t help themselves, and if shares soar, political problems await.

The L.A. Times takes a smart tack on the General Motors IPO story, reporting that it shows how Wall Street... More

L.A. Times Quantifies the Dominance of the Finance Lobby

No “obtained” records here or even FOIAs; this info was in plain sight

The Los Angeles Times drops some good reporting this morning on regulation and the financial lobby, aggregating publicly available records... More

Audit Notes: Free Trade “Hit,” Taxing Wall Street, Bruce Karatz v. Tron Carter

One thing the financial press doesn't much pretend to be neutral about is "free trade." They love that stuff. See... More

The $600 Million Homeowner Bailout

An economic disaster for the country and a political one for Obama

Remember when a little ol' homeowner bailout set off CNBC's Rick Santelli, igniting the Tea Party movement back in February... More

MSNBC’s Ratigan Goes Way Off the Deep End

Discussing violent revolution as if it’s just another policy option

MSNBC host Dylan Ratigan not only decided it was a good idea to have on far-left cartoonist Ted Rall to... More

Overplaying the Two Old Guys’ Report

The Times busts out the war font for a deficit plan with dubious prospects

The Wall Street Journal and New York Times misplay the report out of the deficit commission panel today. The Journal... More

Audit Notes: WSJ Explains Ireland, Eisinger, Tragedy of the Technocrats

Every once in a while, we get one of those page-one stories in The Wall Street Journal that remind you... More

A Times Story Bodes Ill for the Washington Post

An investigation shows how Kaplan used predatory tactics to get students and government money

The for-profit college business just looks worse and worse, and a New York Times investigation this morning paints a disturbing... 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’”

Bloggingheads

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

  • If you like the magazine, get the rest of the year for just $19.95 (6 issues in all).
  • If not, simply write cancel on the bill and return it. You will owe nothing.

Who Owns What

The Business of Digital Journalism

A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

Study Guides

Questions and exercises for journalism students.