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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

The NYT On the Case That Started It All

Excellent story conception and execution on GMAC’s bungled foreclosure

The New York Times has a great angle on the foreclosure scandal: Go back to the homeowner that broke it... More

Audit Notes: Little Or a Lot, WSJ Hype Fail, Access Problem

The Washington Independent's Annie Lowrey calls bull on Jamie Dimon: On the J.P. Morgan Chase earnings call, Dimon promised that... More

Why Care About the Banks’ Foreclosure Scandal?

The blame-the-borrowers spin has begun

The pushback on the foreclosure scandal has already begun along predictable lines and amongst the usual suspects. It's blame the... More

The FT Gets Into the Game on Foreclosures

The Financial Times has a good piece of reporting on page one of today's paper that advances the ball on... More

Audit Notes: Foreclosure Mess, Wall Street, Dummies

The New York Observer's Max Abelson has done some of the better reporting on How Wall Street Thinks. It's "let... More

What About Lending Fraud?

The foreclosure scandal offers the press a chance to revisit an undercovered story

Bloomberg News does what I wish more of the press would do when reporting this foreclosure scandal story: Ask what... More

Audit Notes: Hamster Wheel: Chile; Carney, Ritholtz on the Foreclosure Scandal

The Wall Street Journal just bragged (I think) on Twitter that "We have three reporters at the San Jose mine... More

The Press Bats Down Obama’s Chamber Smears

Almost certainly a bogus scandal on foreign money in the campaign

It looks like the Democrats and Obama are trying to ape part of the campaign playbook perfected by Republicans: the... More

Audit Notes: U6 Hits 17.1 Percent, Facebook, “Inside Job”

Unemployment seems bad enough when you look at the headlines talking about 9.6 percent. But here's a headline at the... More

The Journal Trails Badly on the Foreclosure Scandal

Beaten by smaller business staffs and a blogger

So we've got a nationwide scandal in the still-crippled industry that caused the crisis in the first place—a scandal with... More

The Foreclosure Scandal Begins to Hit Home

The possible ramifications are enormous

If you still doubt that the burgeoning foreclosure scandal is going to have nasty consequences for the economy and the... More

A Harsh Verdict on Obama’s BP Spill Response

The big papers stuff news today that an Obama-appointed commission on the BP oil spill is pretty scathing on the... More

Audit Notes: Foreclosure Scandal, Manufacturers’ Outlook, News of the World

The foreclosure scandal continues to break wide open. Several banks have halted foreclosures as clear evidence of fraud has emerged... More

FT Fronts a Thin Story on Manufacturing Suppliers

A dog-bites-man story posing as a trend piece fails at both

Here's one of those thin Financial Times stories that doesn't make much sense. Yesterday it put this story on page... 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”

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