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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

NPR, HOAs, and Nonjudicial Foreclosures

The Dallas Morning News and NPR report that homeowners associations are foreclosing on members for missing their monthly dues, noting... More

Audit Notes: Dell Hell, Colleges and Credit Cards, Revolving Door

The New York Times knocks out a well-reported story on how computer-maker Dell shot itself in the foot by screwing... More

McClatchy Is Hard to Read on Goldman

Speaking of Goldman Sachs investigations, McClatchy adds another installment to its Goldman series, reporting that the bank now admits that... More

NYT Digs Further Into the AIG Backdoor Bailout

Regulatory capture doesn’t begin to describe what went on here

Just when you thought the AIG/Goldman Sachs backdoor bailout scandal couldn't smell any fishier, The New York Times wades through... More

Audit Notes: Board Pay, the Hubris of Big Business, Taibbi vs. Logan

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel has an excellent investigation into board pay at public companies in Wisconsin. While compensation for chief executive... More

BizWeek: BP Has Us Over a Barrel

We've been on the watch for BP's PR line, and it's been popping up at an alarming rate in the... More

Audit Notes: WSJ iPad, Bled Dry, Grease Up the Revolving Doors!

The Wall Street Journal's iPad revenues are less than it led us to believe. Business Insider prints an internal memo... More

More on Boycotting BP from the LAT

The Los Angeles Times gets in on the boycotting-BP-just-hurts-small-businesspeople meme. It's better than some of the other stories we've seen... More

Rolling Stone and the MSM Copyright Thieves

It's good to see David Carr take Politico and Time to task for their egregious violations of copyright (not to... More

Audit Notes: Reform Report Card, Bhopal vs. BP, “Power Problem”

Barry Ritholtz's very helpful report card on financial reform. Up top, he gives the bill a big fat "F" on... More

Covering the “Historic” Financial Reform Bill

You're going to read a lot about how the financial-reform bill agreed to by Congress this morning is "historic" and... More

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

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