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Audit Notes: Paper It Over, Katrina Whistleblowers, Google Ad Fun,

The Wall Street Journal's David Wessel flat-out says "Congress is planting the seeds of the next big bank bailout." He's... More

Marshall Island “Regulators”—What Could Go Wrong?

Tribune explores how Transocean flagged Deepwater Horizon in the tiny Pacific nation

Let's circle back around to last week's excellent Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune report on the Deepwater Horizon. Did... More

Weil on How the Government Shields Fraudsters

Did you know you can't sue somebody if they help cheat you out of money via securities fraud? I didn't.... More

Audit Notes: SEC Chills, Tallahassee Paywall, Goldman TLC

Felix Salmon takes on the SEC's backdoor subpoena of two Dow Jones journalists' communications: ... it nullifies a huge amount... More

CNBC’s Quick Pushes for Prosecutions in Fortune

The combo of CNBC and Fortune, while not quite a WSJ editorial board/Forbes sandwich, doesn't exactly make you think McClure's.... More

Audit Notes: Rolling Stone Robbed, STOLI, Forbes.com SEO

Our Greg Marx wrote about how Politico and Time, bizarrely, posted Rolling Stone's blockbuster scoop on General McCrystal and staff's... More

“BP Journalists” and Their Greatest Propaganda Hits

Tone-deaf PR from the oil spiller

The Wall Street Journal's Benoit Faucon got a hold of BP's in-house magazine Planet BP, and has some fun with... More

The SEC Is After Two Dow Jones Journalists’ Emails

Gary Weiss asks a heckuva good question: "What in heaven’s name is the SEC thinking? Is it completely out to... More

Audit Notes: Magnetar, ICP Unmasked, Communities vs. Corporations

The Wall Street Journal reported this weekend that the SEC is ratcheting up its investigation of Magnetar, the hedge fund... More

“Rock-Jawed Titans of Industry Don’t Really Like Free Markets”

As Kevin Drum says, they prefer monopolies like the ones Visa and MasterCard enjoy

Kevin Drum, in dismissing Matt Ygeslias's qualms about over-regulating the credit and debit card industry, touches on an excellent point... More

WSJ: BP Fund Between a “Shake Down” and a “Capitulation”

Every once in a while (which is far too often, needless to say) the distinct stench of Rupert Murdoch wafts... More

Audit Notes: Energy Economy, Fraud Fight, Worst Banking Crisis

The Washington Post's Ezra Klein posts a fascinating graphic from the showing where our energy comes from and how it... More

The Economist Off the Deep End on BP and “Vladimir Obama”

The Economist has a pathetic leader this week criticizing Obama for hammering BP and raising the ridiculous idea that his... More

Audit Notes: Mortgage Charges, BP Testimony, FT.com Ad Revenue

The Washington Post calls the charges against Lee Farkas "to date the biggest criminal case related to the crisis that... More

WaPo Flags Obama Inaction on Wall Street Crime

It doesn't inspire confidence in the Washington Post that it fails to mention the blockbuster SEC fraud charges against Goldman... More

Beleaguered Pensioners

It’s a good thing that BP investors are taking it on the chin

Atrios says: I really can't believe how fast the "you can't hurt BP! If you do, you're just hurting poor... More

WSJ Comes Up Short on BP Boycott Effects

The Wall Street Journal dodders onto the boycott-BP story, writing that not visiting BP service stations won't hurt BP much... More

The FT Makes a Mess of Its Goldman Subprime Story

The perils of limiting stories to 500 words are well illustrated here

This Financial Times story is frustrating. On the one hand, the paper is great to zero in on Goldman Sachs's... More

Audit Notes: Volcker Pans Geithner, BP Bust, Single-Scoop Recession

Obama administration advisor Paul Volcker says the Obama administration's resolution authority won't work to unwind too big to fail banks... More

Lazarus Gets the Interchange Issue Right

David Lazarus of the Los Angeles Times takes a nice, nuanced look at interchange fees, which is the cut the... More

Virginian-Pilot journalists: Corporate management pressure is stifling coverage - “Lovers of journalism in this newsroom are pissed. It’s bad.”

The worst journalism of 2014 - A recap of the year’s most cringeworthy news blunders

Why the media don’t get Detroit—and why it matters - Coverage of declining cities is too often simplistic and lacking historical context

21st-century censorship - Governments around the world are using stealthy strategies to manipulate the media

Jesse Brown punctures Canada’s media bubble - The independent journalist uses his website and podcast to break stories that might otherwise go unpublished


We should all step back from security journalism (Medium)

“It should be made clear, in law, that the tasks security reseachers do to make the net more secure and journalists do to understand and contextualize the truth for the public are not crimes”

Trust In Business And Media Is Declining, But People Have Faith In Search Engines (Buzzfeed)

People have become less trusting of major institutions, according to the annual Edelman Trust Barometer. And large majorities doubt that businesses want to make the world a better place.

With New Charlie Hebdo Cover, News Value Should Have Prevailed (NYT)

Public editor Margaret Sullivan on why the paper should have published the images.

An Old Fogey’s Analysis of a Teenager’s View on Social Media (Medium)

“I feel the need to offer my perspective as someone who is not a teenager but who has thought about these issues extensively for years.”

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