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Robo-Signers Aren’t Limited to Foreclosures

The Times finds debt collectors signing up to 2,000 affidavits a day

The New York Times does an excellent job this morning finding a new angle on the robo-signers scandal. It's a... More

Audit Notes: Stopping Wall Street, Kate Kelly, Labor Laws

Michael Lewis has a useful Bloomberg column detailing how some on Wall Street are getting around the financial-reform law's ban... More

Reuters Thinks Big on the Housing Crisis

A “Marshall Plan” to bring parties together to fix the mortgage mess

If something good comes out of the whole foreclosure scandal, it's that the whole housing issue, which is a millstone... More

Yeah, Right

An analyst says the Web isn’t hurting newspapers, all evidence to the contrary

Justin Wolfers makes a good point at the Freakonomics blog: The Democrats will retain control of the House and the... More

Audit Notes: Matt Winkler Borrows a Megaphone, Foreclosures, Weil

You've built the biggest news organization in the business press. You have a wire service with hundreds of thousands of... More

BizWeek Reports a Bank of America Threat to Fannie

Which corporate-welfare recipient will end up holding the bag on toxic mortgages?

Bloomberg BusinessWeek's cover story this week has a very interesting piece of reporting that has flown under the radar. No... More

That Whole Journalism Thing Isn’t So Easy

Bloggers throw softballs and irrelevant questions at Obama

Bloggers rightly criticize the press for focusing on the trivial at the expense of the meaningful, process at the expense... More

Audit Notes: Regulatory Capture, Monster Quotes, WSJ on Medicare Waste

I'm glad The New York Times is taking such an interest in the potential conflicts of interest among the staff... More

Hiltzik Is Excellent on the CFTC Judges

The Los Angeles Times columnist digs into the case

Michael Hiltzik takes an excellent look at that awfully interesting Commodity Futures Trading Commission story where retiring judge George H.... More

The Press Mostly Misses the Inspector General’s HAMP Report

We turn to the blogs, yet again, to find out what we’re missing

The special inspector general of the TARP, Neil Barofsky, released a blistering report yesterday, including pointed criticism of Treasury's AIG... More

Leave It to the WSJ Op-Ed Page…

To print a call for the return of predatory overdraft lending and the interchange racket

The Wall Street Journal runs a column today bemoaning the mortal wounding of the overdraft charge and calling for its... More

Audit Notes: Fraud Field Day, Nation on Countrywide, WSJ Win

A Florida Times-Union investigation finds that the rampant foreclosure fraud in Florida even extends to court summonses. Even the... More

The $50 Million-a-Year Club Booms (UPDATED)

$10 million a week while the median earner’s wage falls to $505 a week

UPDATE: Johnston reports that the Social Security Administration now says its data were wrong and it has updated the numbers,... More

WaPo Follows TARP Money Back to Politicians

The Washington Post does a good job of keeping an eye on bailed-out companies' campaign donations with this story yesterday.... More

Audit Notes: Unreasonable Fees, Goldman Looks Away, iPad Mag Sales

Los Angeles Times columnist David Lazarus puts the Bank of America financial-reform charge in perspective. The too-big-to-fail bank took a... More

An NYT Chamber of Commerce Investigation Outs Big Donors

No need to stretch for a story here.

Now this is how you report on the Chamber of Commerce and secret donors. The New York Times this morning... More

Audit Notes: Hamster Madness, Times’s Tough Reporting, Fumes

A wag sends this along with the note: "Newest use of WSJ reporting firepower." It's The Wall Street Journal liveblogging... More

Bill Black, Media Critic

And a good one, at that.

Now here's a lede The Audit can get behind: If it wasn’t already blindingly obvious that pervasive fraud was at... More

Don’t Be Evil, Google

Bloomberg finds the tech giant is tops at using sketchy schemes to avoid taxes.

Bloomberg has a superb story out today exposing how tech giants, and particularly Google, are exploiting loopholes to avoid paying... More

The Plot Thickens at the CFTC

A judge accuses another judge of improprieties. But there’s more to the story.

Say what? The Washington Post has a brief story reporting that one of two administrative judges at the Commodity Futures... 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


The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

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”

Bloggingheads

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

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