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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

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Astroturfing The New York Times and Wall Street Journal

A New Jersey businessman hits the media circuit again, with lobbying connections undisclosed

The New York Times writes about New Jersey voters raising the state's minimum wage a buck to $8.25 an hour... More

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CNBC spins right (and wrong) on the debt and deficit

The factually challenged network is at it again

CNBC, that font of misinformation, would like you to know that "Anyone who ran a company with a balance sheet... More

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Audit Notes: Tech bubbles, WSJ reality shows

Twitter launches like it’s 1999 all over again

Here are some facts from Peter Eavis's good, skeptical curtain raiser on the Twitter IPO in today's New York Times:... More

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WSJ cheers on an Aussie privatization spree

A one-sided news story on the selling of public assets

Reading this Wall Street Journal story, you'd never know there's any downside to a government selling off public services to... 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


A First Look update (First Look Media)

“[R]ather than immediately launching a large collection of digital ‘magazines’ based on strong, expert journalists with their own followings, as we imagined earlier, we’ll begin by building out the two we’ve started and then explore adding new ones as we learn”

The White House deploys minders to interviews all the time (WaPo)

“Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between reporters and the proverbial ‘senior administration officials’ is conducted in the presence of a press staffer”

The down-and-dirty history of TMZ (BuzzFeed)

“TMZ’s real engine — what defines its mission, what legitimizes it and sets it apart — is a unique and controversial mix of scandal mongering and investigative journalism”

The 10 worst New Yorker longreads (Gawker)

“[A]pparently [Adam] Gopnik did not know you could bake fancy breads from France and other cultures. So he got his mom to teach him how to bake them. A fine anecdote, maybe, to tell a friend or a therapist. But in this case he wrote about it for the New Yorker, a magazine.”

Bloggingheads

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

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