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The annual press flubbing of Thanksgiving dinner

Journalists find a way to mishandle a yearly farm bureau press release

Come this time of year, the business press gets a press release from the American Farm Bureau Federation reporting how... More

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When men on the street become spokesmen for a cause

Anecdote laundering from the left on the $15 minimum wage fight

I wrote about astroturfing the other day, noticing how anti-minimum wage and anti-Obamacare activist Joe Olivo shows up repeatedly in... More

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Audit Notes: SAC’s returns sink, two-track recovery, Wall Street pay

The New York Post shows Steve Cohen’s results fell to earth as feds investigated

The New York Post's Michelle Celarier has a great piece of enterprise reporting on Stevie Cohen's SAC Capital. She finds... More

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Don’t feed the bubble, please

Mashable and Time.com show how not to cover tech IPO mania

Much of the press coverage I've seen in the wake of Twitter's eye-watering IPO has been responsibly skeptical or, at... More

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Audit Notes: 60 Minutes correx flops, sharing economy, paywalls

CBS News must resolve the serious remaining questions about Lara Logan’s debacle

Jay Rosen has a must-read piece on 60 Minutes' and Lara Logan's disastrous Benghazi report based on the lies of... More

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Audit Notes: Oklahoma Pre-K, servants, Martin Wolf on Germany

The state finds a government program it likes

Nicholas Kristof gives a rare bit of positive press to my home state—for a government program, of all things. Kristof... More

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Astroturfing The New York Times and Wall Street Journal

A New Jersey businessman hits the media circuit again, with lobbying connections undisclosed

The New York Times writes about New Jersey voters raising the state's minimum wage a buck to $8.25 an hour... More

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CNBC spins right (and wrong) on the debt and deficit

The factually challenged network is at it again

CNBC, that font of misinformation, would like you to know that "Anyone who ran a company with a balance sheet... More

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Audit Notes: Tech bubbles, WSJ reality shows

Twitter launches like it’s 1999 all over again

Here are some facts from Peter Eavis's good, skeptical curtain raiser on the Twitter IPO in today's New York Times:... More

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WSJ cheers on an Aussie privatization spree

A one-sided news story on the selling of public assets

Reading this Wall Street Journal story, you'd never know there's any downside to a government selling off public services to... More

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The NYT paywall plugs the hole

Charting the state of The New York Times

Felix asks what my graph of New York Times digital revenue would look like including print ads. Here's the original... More

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Audit Notes: Potshots at Snowden, News Corp. snake pit, Jamie Dimon

A Bloomberg BusinessWeek editor doesn’t like the guy’s attitude

Bloomberg Businessweek deputy editor Romesh Ratnasar takes to the pages of the magazine to criticize the "unbearable narcissism of Edward... More

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The NYT paywall don’t get no respect

Despite saving the paper’s bacon

I wrote Friday about a landmark for The New York Times: Its paywall revenue has overtaken its digital ad revenue—just... More

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The NYT’s paywall overtakes digital ads

Meantime, the Globe’s drag on the Times, quantified

It was only a little more than two years ago that the conventional wisdom said The New York Times shouldn't—or... More

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Audit Notes: WSJ ‘leeway’ for Suzanne Somers, NYT ads, John Henry

The paper entrusts fact-checking to the factually challenged

Poynter's Andrew Beaujon follows up on The Wall Street Journal's Suzanne Somers fiasco, asking the paper's Larry Rout, who runs... More

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Gillian Tett has a talk with Alan Greenspan

The ‘Maestro’ admits he didn’t understand derivatives he touted; calls for bank breakups

The Financial Times's Gillian Tett sits down with Alan Greenspan for a two-hour interview and gets some eye-opening admissions from... More

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A Celebrity Journal fiasco

Quack-loving Suzanne Somers, WSJ “expert” on health care

What could go wrong when your august publication asks Chrissy from "Three's Company"—a notorious peddler of quack medical advice—to offer... More

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Audit Notes: Zombie lies and regular old lies

How misinformation spreads

PolitiFact gives CNBC's Maria Bartiromo a "false" rating for saying that Obamacare "is turning us into a part-time employment country."... More

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Victor Davis Hanson’s Silicon Valley caricatures

The National Review columnist’s fact-free screed

Victor Davis Hanson has an entertaining take-down in the National Review of the hypocrisy of Silicon Valley lefties—a sort of... More

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Murdoch corruption scandal back in the news

Trials to begin, WSJ interference confirmed, secret tape fallout serious

The Murdoch hacking scandal is back in the news after a bit of a respite. Next week, Rebekah Brooks, Rupert... 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


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!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

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Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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