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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

The New York Times Unloads on Tribune’s Zell Hell

David Carr and The New York Times have a fascinating and sordid story about Sam Zell's tenure as owner of... More

Audit Notes: Clayton Bull, Bloomberg News, Cohan and Consumers

Shahien Nasiripour continues to bird dog the Clayton Holdings story, reporting today that, under pressure from the folks on Wall... More

Reuters Investigates the Fed’s Selective Leaks

Guess who gets them?

This Reuters investigation of the Federal Reserve deserves a much wider airing than it's gotten. The wire reports that the... More

The Free Trade Backlash

By three to one in a WSJ/NBC News poll, Americans say free trade hurts the country

The Wall Street Journal zooms in on a poll result from last week: That far more Americans now oppose "free... More

Life Insurance as Tax Dodge for the Rich

The Wall Street Journal on a “widows and orphans” tax break past its prime

The Wall Street Journal is excellent today in a page-one story on how the life-insurance industry has evolved into something... More

Murdoch’s Threat to Democracy

Direct influence via the power of the purse—here and in the UK

Politico astutely pointed out the other day that Fox News now employs four of the leading Republican presidential candidates: Sarah... 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.”

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