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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

Audit Notes: Tom Frank Exits, Ayn Rand, Illegal Immigrants, Rubin

Thomas Frank is the sole liberal on the Wall Street Journal's editorial pages, and one of the few liberal columnists—perhaps... More

The WSJ Goes Overboard on the HP Sex Scandal

Could you be any less interested in the Hewlett-Packard scandal? The Wall Street Journal doesn't think so. It's still throwing... More

The Crystal Ball for Chris Dodd

Will it be a big bank, a hedge fund, or a lobbying gig?

Ever since Chris Dodd announced his retirement from the Senate in January, my question has been: Which part of the... More

Audit Notes: Overdraft Profiteering, Why the Complacency, ExecuLie Detector

The Associated Press reports that a federal judge has slammed too-big-to-fail bank Wells Fargo for "gouging and profiteering" via overdrafts.... More

WSJ Privacy Series Raises Questions on Google’s Power

The bedrock principles of the Googleplex were built on sand, after all

A lot of times you see these multipart newspaper series bring diminishing returns after the first day or two. Not... More

Audit Notes: Credit Due, MoJo Impact, Audit on the Radio

In June, when I announced that Dean Starkman's "Power Problem" article had snagged a National Press Club award, I neglected... More

The Journal’s Op-Ed Page In Fine Form

A misleading column blames the government for what it costs to employ a worker

The Wall Street Journal editorial page is like the proverbial fish in a barrel. If I ever lack material to... More

NYT: Merrill’s CDO Self Dealing Kept the Bubble Going

The late Mark Pittman told me this a year and a half ago about the fraud at the heart of... More

Audit Notes: Poor Employers, Unions Matter, SEC Claws

Are employers really having a tough time finding people to hire in this economy? The New York Times claimed that... More

The Economist’s Success Is Not a Marketing Story

It's a miserable time for the press, so it's somewhat annoying to see The New York Times's take this morning... More

Audit Notes: Spruced Up Reform, HAMP Failure, Cramdown

David Weidner nails it with a piece on financial reform. I'm glad someone else agrees with me on this: Financial... More

Audit Notes: What They Know, Taleb and Blinder, No FDR

The Wall Street Journal prints the third installment to its excellent What They Know series, this one on how data... More

The Newsweek Numbers

If you want to see why the business model of the so-called legacy media is screwed, look no further than... More

MoJo Muckrakes the Foreclosure Sweatshops

The old predatory lending practices now used to take from homeowners

Mother Jones has the must-read of the week: A superb investigation by Andy Kroll into one of the nation's biggest... More

Audit Notes: KKR Tax Avoidance, Manufacturing Politics, Freelancing

Fortune's Allan Sloan has a good column this week examining how Henry Kravis of KKR and others in the private-equity... More

The Journal Is Mixed on Deutsche Bank Conflicts

The Wall Street Journal has a long page-one look at Deutsche Bank and how it played both sides of the... More

16 women whose digital startups deserve Vox-level plaudits - A look at the media entrepreneurs who aren’t grabbing headlines

Why was ‘Dasani’ shut out of the Pulitzers? - 5 problems with The New York Times’ ambitious, influential series on the life of one homeless Brooklyn girl

The AP downplays its Obamacare scoop - Repeal on deductible caps marks another step in The Great Cost Shift

The enduring pull of mag covers - Why do magazine cover images still hold so much cultural power in this decline-of-print era?

Michael Wolff’s digital media bloopers - The Newser founder trolls (other) digital-news companies


The shirt on your back

How did the clothes you’re wearing get to you? We trace the human cost of the Bangladeshi garment industry in video, words and pictures

Anxious royalist

Fantastic letter in The Times

Coming out as a porn star

How do you tell your family and friends?

The truth about Google X

A look behind the secretive lab’s closed doors

New Jersey’s good government

Despite the bridge scandal, Chris Christie’s state is relatively transparent and accountable. CJR’s Greg Marx talks to Gordon Witkin

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