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WSJ’s Welfare State Story Lacks Context

The Wall Street Journal has a poorly done front-page story this morning trying to make the case that the U.S.... More

Audit Notes: Sorkin, Stone, and Schwarzman; WSJ Mag; Bloomberg on the VA

Andrew Ross Sorkin has a fun column in The New York Times this morning: An interview with Oliver Stone about... More

Freeland Tells Obama to Lay Off Big Business

Reuters global editor at large Chrystia Freeland had an unfortunate column a few days ago in the Washington Post telling... More

Starkman on the Hamster Wheel

Audit Chief Dean Starkman has the cover piece in the new issue of CJR looking at what he calls "The... More

Audit Notes: D’Souza and Forbes Edition

CNBC's Dennis Kneale takes issue with my description of Dinesh D'Souza's Forbes cover story on "How Obama Thinks" as "the... More

Forbes’ Shameful Piece on Obama as the “Other”

The worst kind of smear journalism by Dinesh D’Souza

So it's come to this: Forbes cover story on "How Obama Thinks" is a gross piece of innuendo—a fact-twisting, error-laden... More

Audit Notes: HAMPered, FHA Criminals, Student Loan Racket

David Lazarus of the Los Angeles Times finds a couple booted out of their home by Wells Fargo, which had... More

The Slow SEC

Six months after Valukas, the Journal reports it’s zeroing in on Repo 105

The Wall Street Journal reports today that the SEC is focusing on Lehman Brothers' $50 billion Repo 105 accounting trick... More

The Bear Up There

How about a break from all that bearish financial news? My pal Josh sends me this link and says, "it’s... More

Audit Notes: Out-of-State Campaign Dough, Expensive Bonds, Apple

California Watch reports that big out-of-state polluters, including Koch Industries, are pouring millions of dollars into the campaign to overturn... More

Bloomberg Scoop: Rubin and Prince Knew

Bloomberg gets a nice scoop that Robert Rubin and Chuck Prince knew about Citigroup's subprime losses while the company's CFO... More

The News Corp. Coverup

Memory-impaired execs, payments to key figures, and Keystone Kops

News Corp.'s behavior in the UK hacking scandal has all the hallmarks of a coverup. We've got the scapegoat (Clive... More

A Different Angle on Sports Subsidies

The New York Times fronts an excellent story this morning that ought to put another nail in the coffin of... More

Audit Notes: News Corp. Scandal, HSBC Hire, Dodd-Frank Repo

The News of the World scandal, back in the spotlight thanks to The New York Times Magazine, continues to grow.... More

NYT Pushes BP’s PR Line on Its Ability to Pay

The massively profitable company’s poverty claim hits A1 of the Times—unchecked

I defended The New York Times this morning. Let me lay into it a little bit this afternoon. On Friday,... More

Michael Wolff’s High Cynicism

An atrocious column about The New York Times’s News Corp. hacking scandal investigation.

The Times drops this amazing story last week digging into how a Rupert Murdoch tabloid illegally hacked telephones, including those... More

A Fortune Look at Arizona’s Private Prisons

A tip of the hat to this Fortune story from a couple of weeks back highlighting the prison-industrial complex in... More

Murdoch Could Learn a Thing or Two from WSJ.com

Chris Roush has a brief interview posted with Alan Murray, who heads up The Wall Street Journal's digital operations, including... More

Audit Notes: The Swells at CNBC, Quote Stuffing, Austerity for Thee

Barry Ritholtz lays into CNBC this morning for one of those decidedly numbskulled views of the world so many of... More

Barron’s Investigates the Shady Reverse-Merger Business

A hearty Audit huzzah to Barron's and reporters Bill Alpert and Leslie P. Norton for a superb investigation into Chinese... More

Q&A: An Apple critic with plenty to say - John Siracusa’s legendary - and lengthy - Apple reviews reach their 15th year

Why one editor won’t run any more op-eds by the Heritage Foundation’s top economist - A reply to Paul Krugman on state taxes and job growth made some incorrect claims

4 topics John Oliver explained more clearly than television news - The political satirist brings explainer comedy to HBO viewers

Michael Brown shooting and the crimes journalists choose as newsworthy - Examining why black suspects are covered at a greater proportion than they commit crimes

GOP-backed fake news sites target Dems in congressional races - - Unlike The Onion and other satire sites, the goal is to fool voters, not make them laugh


New WaPo publisher (WaPo)

The departure of Katharine Weymouth ends eight decades of Graham family leadership

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.”

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