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WSJ Tries to Tie Farmers to Bank Reform, Fails

The Wall Street Journal blows it big time with a hyped-up page-one story on how the financial-reform bill would affect... More

Anatomy of a Zombie Lie

The AP and the “charging $12.50 to quote five words” meme

As I wrote last week, bloggers have repeatedly pumped the story that the AP charges us to quote its stories.... More

Sorkin Types Up Hank Paulson’s Historical Revisionism

The ex-Treasury secretary, Wall Street CEO until mid-2006, gets a free ride

Andrew Ross Sorkin lets Hank Paulson spin away this morning in a column about the former Treasury Secretary's thoughts on... More

Audit Notes: Radical Wolf, BofA Repo, Radical Douthat

Martin Wolf says we're not thinking big enough about the real estate crisis. And he's thinking Big indeed, saying that... More

BusinessWeek on BP’s Economic Devastation of the Gulf

If it's hard to get your head around an environmental disaster on the scale of BP's Gulf oil spill, it's... More

Audit Notes: The Rich and the Ruthless, Twin Otter, Luskin

Holly Yeager dinged The New York Times earlier today for its story on how the rich are defaulting on their... More

The Wall Street Journal Editorial Page, Encapsulated

Here's just about all you need to know (or quite a bit, anyway) about the Wall Street Journal editorial page,... More

The Plain Dealer on the LeBron Betrayal

Sportswriter Mike Vaccaro gets it exactly right on the amazing front page of the Cleveland Plain Dealer today: Newspapers can... More

(Ex) Titans of Industry Against Free Trade Fundamentalism

Intel founder Andy Grove calls for a serious re-examination of our trade and industrial policies

Former Intel chief Andy Grove has an extremely important piece in Bloomberg BusinessWeek this week on how Silicon Valley and... More

Audit Notes: Extend and Pretend, Low Paid U.S. Autoworkers, BP

The Wall Street Journal has a very good page-one story on commercial real estate (my old group there) and how... More

Business Journalism on Prozac

A look at an issue of Fortune

Fortune is the happy-go-luckiest magazine in business these days. Which means it's way out of step with the times. Why,... More

Audit Notes: Study Hall, BP’s Skimpy Skimmers, “Resource Extraction”

How wimpy is the financial-reform legislation? CNNMoney.com's Jennifer Liberto writes that Congress is passing the buck to regulators to do... More

Cohan’s Messy Goldman Apology

Faulty logic on too big to fail

William D. Cohan has a complete jumble of a piece over at The New York Times's Opinionator site. Cohan writes... More

Audit Notes: Change Deferred, Bailout Blues, Reporting on BP

Barry Ritholtz with some good thoughts on what the bailouts hath wrought: Most people still do not understand what was... More

Woot Raises a Zombie Lie From the Dead (Again)

The AP does not charge bloggers to quote its stories

The left blogosphere has a useful concept called "zombie lies"—information that's false and been debunked but continues to pop up... More

ProPublica and Frontline with a Save on BP

Another giant toxic emission from the oil giant goes undernoticed until now

That one almost slipped through the cracks. A month ago, the Galveston Daily News's T.J. Aulds broke a big story... More

Audit Notes: Maiden Lane, AIG Off Easy, Spitzer

Bloomberg reports that Tim Geithner and Ben Bernanke didn't tell Congress the whole truth when they testified about the Bear... More

Google’s Monopoly Money

The onus ought to be on the search giant to justify why it should be allowed to acquire businesses

The question ought to be why should a $140 billion monopoly be able to snap up a smaller competitor, not... More

Audit Notes: Up the Chain at BP, Bank Blinkers, Goldman’s Board

It's been clear from The Wall Street Journal's earlier reporting, and that of other publications, that BP cut all kinds... More

Mom, Apple Pie, and… Credit-Default Swaps?

Daniel Indiviglio says Main Street might be forced to pony up a trillion dollars of collateral on derivatives because of... 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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