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‘Best business photos’ make bad clickbait

Fortune’s uninspiring list illustrates the limits of the genre

Fortune's website needs clicks. That clear from the wannabe-clickbait slideshows populating its recent offerings, like "The Biggest business feuds of... More

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Best of 2013: Ryan Chittum

A look back at some of my favorite posts this year

The Battle of New Orleans: Amidst the gutting of one of the nation's few remaining great regional newspapers, I took... More

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Neocon WSJ editor sits down with France’s Iran critic

Gerard Baker gets a byline

Gerard Baker is an Iraq War-cheerleading neocon, goofball Obama ridiculer, and author of some of the wrongest commentary of the... More

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Matt Yglesias #slatepitches dividends

Which are not inherently evil

Matt Yglesias trolls business readers with a piece headlined, "Dividends Are Evil: They're a triumph of short-term thinking and do... More

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The Daily Show’s jab at Gretchen Morgenson

NYT’s watchdog extraordinaire is not the poster girl for a complacent press

Bloomberg reported in October that Blackstone lent money to a Spanish gambling company on the condition that it default on... More

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Audit Notes: Jamie Dimon’s doings, WSJ on Elizabeth Warren

JPMorgan Chase manages to avoid prosecution yet again, this time in Madoff case

The New York Times reports on page one today that the Justice Department will bring a "criminal action" against Jamie... More

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Squeezing Time Inc. dry

Time Warner prepares to dump a dangerous debt load on its publishing spinoff

Keith Kelly of the New York Post reports some inauspicious news for the soon-to-be-spun-off Time Inc. Kelly reports Time Warner... More

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Fox’s Dennis Kneale takes on ‘out of control’ unions

Hosts an industry shill fighting against the hapless Alan Colmes over poverty wages

Fox Business Network's Dennis Kneale asks "Are unions out of control in America?" in a segment about fast-food workers striking... More

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Beastie Boys sue GoldieBlox after all

Lawsuit says toy company “acted intentionally and despicably with oppression, fraud, and malice”

I really didn't think the Beastie Boys would risk the bad PR to sue GoldieBlox for ripping them off in... More

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Audit Notes: Steve Jobs’ liver, NYT v. Bloomberg, WSJ overkill

The Commercial Appeal uncovers a conflict with the late Apple chief’s surgeon

The Memphis Commercial Appeal has some very good reporting on the questions surrounding the late Steve Jobs's liver transplant in... More

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Fortune flacks for the ‘sharing economy’

Airbnb astroturf group Peers gets a puff piece

If you've at all followed the Airbnb story, in which the rent-a-room startup is in trouble with New York and... More

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Audit Notes: BS as business model, Larry Kudlow, Third Way revealed

Report a hoax, reap the traffic, and shrug off the consequences

Dave Weigel goes after BuzzFeed, which wants to be taken seriously as a news organization, but doesn't want the responsibilities... More

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Credulous press for a report on abuse of female journalists

Reporters overlook statistical problems in passing on eye-popping numbers

Rule of thumb, journalists: If the "study" you're writing about is based on a SurveyMonkey.com survey, it probably deserves a... More

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GoldieBlox, the Beastie Boys, and fair use

The toymaker backs down amid a murky legal case

I wrote on Monday that GoldieBlox's parody of the Beastie Boys song "Girls" was a a "clear case" of copyright... More

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Fox News not outraged by retailers’ War on Thanksgiving

As giant stores commercialize the last holdout, Bill O’Reilly & Co. shrug

The New York Times editorializes today about the "War on Thanksgiving" that retailers and shoppers are waging on the last... More

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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

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

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