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The Elizabeth Warren End-Around

Some questions on what Obama’s conflict avoidance means

Well, surprise, surprise. President Obama ducks another fight by naming consumer advocate Elizabeth Warren as "special adviser" to set up... More

Audit Notes: Murdoch’s Undoing?, FT Scoop, WSJ Nut Cracks

Slate's Jack Shafer calls the News Corporation hacking scandal "Murdoch's Watergate" and says it "will undo the media mogul." I... More

The Mercury News’s Thinly Sourced Apple Scooplet

Some skepticism is in order

I've criticized press coverage of Apple quite a bit. But I have to acknowledge something: The company's NSA-like secrecy makes... More

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

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Female sportscasters are speaking up (NYT)

“[i]n the wake of the recent scandals, women have been driving the story, providing a perspective that their male counterparts simply cannot”

Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

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