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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

The Landscape of the Foreclosure Scandal

Good reporting finds plenty of nondelinquent borrowers caught in a nightmare

So what does it look like when the foreclosure fraud machine rolls over homeowners who aren't even in default? Remember... More

Colvin and Fortune’s Big Business Baloney

Swashbuckling titans of industry “paralyzed” by the threat of regulation

Fortune again. This time it's Geoff Colvin, passing along the Chamber of Commerce line that "Uncertain of future regulation, businesses... More

Audit Notes: Feds Sniff Around, Hiltzik on Irani, Robosigners Plus

The Washington Post scoops that the feds have opened up a criminal investigation into the foreclosure scandal, "examining whether financial... More

Fortune Writer Steps Up for the Banks

Picking apart an apology for the foreclosure scandal

I criticized some journalists the other day for perpetuating the silly bank spin that the foreclosure fraud scandal is a... More

The Journal Hits Facebook Again on Privacy

The Wall Street Journal continues its excellent privacy series and unleashes another PR headache for Facebook, which is allowing third-party... More

Audit Notes: The Clayton Angle, NYT Savvy, AP on Robosigners

Felix Salmon and William D. Cohan pound on the Clayton Holdings story, which popped up again last month at a... 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


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

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