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Audit Notes: Our Glass Jaw, Financial Crises, Extend and Pretend

If you're looking for a single anecdote to sum up the demise of the American economy, you could do worse... More

Two Can Play That Game, Rupert

The Times has the smarter strategy in the head-to-head with The Wall Street Journal

Rupert Murdoch has de-emphasized business coverage in The Wall Street Journal since buying the paper in 2007, something that The... More

The Times Retargets the Zappos Ads Story

The New York Times steps onto the online privacy beat this morning (the one put on the front burner recently... More

Audit Notes: Goldman and Geithner, Meaningless WSJ Numbers, Freeland

The New York Times runs a pretty amusing story on Tim Geithner's Goldman past—you know, the one he never had.... More

Bill O’Reilly’s Stock Tips

Probably not a good idea

Kathy Kristof nails Bill O'Reilly for lending his mug and voice to a cockamamie investment newsletter touted by right-wing news... More

Today in Let Them Eat Cake

The Times and the Journal on what the out-of-touch super-rich are up to

What critically important new trends are sweeping the overclass now in our angry, unemployed, bankrupt, two-war country? The New York... More

The Too-Modest Times

A super investigation results in unheard-of fraud charges against the state of New Jersey

Sometimes newspapers are just too modest. Like The New York Times today. The SEC sued New Jersey for fraud for... More

Audit Notes: Unemployment and Suicide, China Trade, Greece Simmers

Annie Lowrey has a must-read story in The Washington Independent on unemployment and suicide. She digs up some stories of... More

A Paper-Thin FT Page-One Story on Outsourcing

Rarely will you see a front page story as thin as this one, and if you do it will probably... More

Murrow, Cronkite, Slideshows

CBS News’s embarrassing trove of online click-getters

Ahh, CBS News. Illustrious home of Edward R. Murrow, Walter Cronkite, Daniel Schorr, George Polk, Eric Sevareid. The Tiffany Network.... More

Blame the Borrowers, Part 1,429

Is it Breakingviews or Bankingviews?

Reuters Breakingviews would like you to know that crazed borrowers are responsible for the housing crisis—or at least a good... More

I Know It’s August, But…

Did The Wall Street Journal really need to go six columns with a picture of the Colombia plane crash that... More

Audit Notes: What If?, Middle Class Struggles, LAT on Teachers

Barry Ritholtz has a smart post up about the what-ifs of the bailouts. As he points out, the question is... More

The Fed’s Bubble Brains

False equivalence on the housing crash prognosticators

The Financial Times's Alphaville and Reuters's Felix Salmon take down both sides of a Boston Federal Reserve paper finding that... More

Sell That to the Judge

Another SEC settlement is slapped back

Last month the SEC slapped Citigroup on the hand for misleading its shareholders—and everyone else—in 2007 about its subprime exposure.... More

Audit Notes: Deleveraging, Schwarzman Serves Up a Softball, PE

Bloomberg has some excellent coverage of the bond market, reporting that despite the flood of U.S. government borrowing, overall bond... More

Google as Big Brother

A Journal op-ed interview finds Eric Schmidt embracing the role

Google's Eric Schmidt just can't keep his foot out of his mouth. The guy has a proclivity for giving Big... More

Audit Notes: All-L.A. Times Edition

The Los Angeles Times takes a look at OneUnited Bank, which Democratic congresswoman Maxine Waters helped get bailout money and... More

What Is the Social Security Trust Fund, Exactly?

I have to confess that I've never understood the Social Security trust fund, and I suspect that you don't either.... More

The C-Word

A bleak outlook from a WSJ columnist

One of the business press's institutional biases is the bullish. It sells magazines, provides happy newshole for advertiser to pitch... 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 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.”

Insufferable parenthetical asides, ranked (The Hairpin)

18. (strictly for the mise-en-scene)

You are now entering the demented kingdom of William T. Vollmann (TNR)

“Franzen tells a hilarious story of being a young writer in New York, meeting Vollmann, becoming fast friends, and inaugurating a draft swap. A while later, they exchanged work. Franzen gave Vollmann a dozen chiseled pages. Vollmann gave Franzen an entire novel.”

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