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Fast Company’s daring 23andMe cover

An ill-timed story as Anne Wojcicki’s DNA testing outfit runs afoul of the FDA

Oops. The current issue of Fast Company has Anne Wojcicki—founder of 23andMe and estranged wife of billionaire cyborg Sergey Brin—on... More

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GoldieBlox picks an unfair fight with the Beastie Boys

A dismal press performance on a clear case of aggressive copyright infringement

What kind of company takes a copyrighted hit song, rewrites the lyrics, and uses it in a commercial—without bothering to... More

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Shopping on Thanksgiving kills poor workers’ holidays

But labor gets short shrift in too much of the coverage of encroaching commercialization

Perhaps I'm feeling a little wistful as I prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving outside the U.S. for the first time. As... More

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Audit Notes: Talking turkey On the Media, redistribution, housing update

Audit radio on how the press mishandles an annual Thanksgiving press report

I went on On the Media with Brooke Gladstone this weekend. We talked about the press antics that inevitably accompany... More

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The Greg Packer of small business

Drew Greenblatt’s frequent press hits usually omit National Association of Manufacturers ties

Drew Greenblatt may be the most quoted small businessman in America. When reporters need small-businessman quotes, Fox needs small-businessman interviews,... More

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Rick Santelli, CNBC’s Glenn Beck

Tea Party hero jumps on the bogus Census conspiracy story

A simple glance is enough to raise serious questions about the New York Post's story claiming a Census conspiracy to... More

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A bogus NY Post piece sets off a frenzy

Serious problems with column alleging Census rigged unemployment for Obama

If you missed it, the hot new story in the right-wing fever swamps is that the Census Bureau manipulated unemployment... More

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Politico’s Mike Allen goes native

The currency of access

Erik Wemple's devastating takedown of Politico's Mike Allen is the read of the day. Wemple shows in the Washington Post... More

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Three stories, three tacks on a Walmart’s employee food drive

How the Plain Dealer, Business Insider, and Fox News told the news

In one of the more revealing self-inflicted PR disasters since McDonald's advised its impoverished employees to get a second full-time... More

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Audit Notes: Bloomberg FX scoop, Coke and Swaziland, WSJ.com

A new wrinkle on the foreign-exchange trading scandal

Bloomberg News has a great scoop on the potentially Libor-scale foreign-exchange scandal: FX traders used day traders to launder their... More

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John Paton, the Gorbachev of paywalls

Digital First Media will roll out meters across its newspaper portfolio

No doubt about it, word from CEO John Paton that his Digital First Media will implement paywalls across its portfolio... More

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In Obama’s Wall Street-friendly cabinet, a clean sweep for finance

Tim Geithner goes private equity, surprising The New York Times

The New York Times, covering the hiring of former Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner by private equity giant Warburg Pincus, writes... More

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Audit Notes: Chris Christie and Stevie Cohen, euro zombie lies, clickbait

Governor dines with SAC honcho hours after firm pleads guilty

Fox Business's Charlie Gasparino gets a wild scoop on Stevie Cohen, whose SAC Capital pleaded guilty to mass insider trading... More

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Walmart already stepped on Thanksgiving

A mess of fact errors on the giant retailer opening on turkey day

Did you know Walmart is opening earlier than ever this Thanksgiving? You would if you read stories in the Chicago... More

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The annual press flubbing of Thanksgiving dinner

Journalists find a way to mishandle a yearly farm bureau press release

Come this time of year, the business press gets a press release from the American Farm Bureau Federation reporting how... More

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When men on the street become spokesmen for a cause

Anecdote laundering from the left on the $15 minimum wage fight

I wrote about astroturfing the other day, noticing how anti-minimum wage and anti-Obamacare activist Joe Olivo shows up repeatedly in... More

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Audit Notes: SAC’s returns sink, two-track recovery, Wall Street pay

The New York Post shows Steve Cohen’s results fell to earth as feds investigated

The New York Post's Michelle Celarier has a great piece of enterprise reporting on Stevie Cohen's SAC Capital. She finds... More

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Don’t feed the bubble, please

Mashable and Time.com show how not to cover tech IPO mania

Much of the press coverage I've seen in the wake of Twitter's eye-watering IPO has been responsibly skeptical or, at... More

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Audit Notes: 60 Minutes correx flops, sharing economy, paywalls

CBS News must resolve the serious remaining questions about Lara Logan’s debacle

Jay Rosen has a must-read piece on 60 Minutes' and Lara Logan's disastrous Benghazi report based on the lies of... More

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Audit Notes: Oklahoma Pre-K, servants, Martin Wolf on Germany

The state finds a government program it likes

Nicholas Kristof gives a rare bit of positive press to my home state—for a government program, of all things. Kristof... More

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins - A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud - A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies


Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

Tour guide wars at a Paris cemetery (WSJ)

“Because dead men tell no tales, visitors to Père Lachaise cemetery lend their ears to Bertrand Beyern”

Last call (Medium)

“The death of newspapers is sad, but the threatened loss of journalistic talent is catastrophic. If that’s you, it’s time to learn something outside the production routine of your current job.”

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