Saturday, February 28, 2015. Last Update: Fri 2:51 PM EST

Author Archive

Articles by Ryan Chittum | Email the Author

Warren Buffett, Talking His Book on Goldman

Warren Buffett can tout an investment like any other CEO. And the press can airbrush it as long as it's... More

Audit Notes: Facebook Abuses Its Network-Effect Advantage, Qs for Goldman, Acropolis Now

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has a timeline of "Facebook's Eroding Privacy" that everybody who uses the site ought to read.... More

WSJ Now Resembling Small-Town Weekly

Future fountains make a splash at Journal’s new New York section

The Wall Street Journal launched its New York City section this week amidst a slew of newspaper-war headlines as Rupert... More

Audit Notes: Goldman’s Junk Heap, Settlement?, Reuters’ Junk Heap

The New York Times DealBook blog had an excellent post yesterday on "The Goldman E-mails, or How to Sell Junk."... More

Raise Your Right Hand, Boss

Wall Street’s testimony, like so many of its products, doesn’t add up.

Bloomberg gets a bigtime scoop from a former Lehman in-house lawyer who says Dick Fuld lied to Congress about how... More

NYT vs. WSJ on Goldman’s Lobbying Clout

Is Goldman Sachs still feared and courted in the halls of power or is it "spurned"? We get two opposite... More

Audit Notes: Martin Wolf, Radical; Tom Frank and SEC Porn; Apple At It Again on Cartoons

When somebody like Martin Wolf is forced to become the radical, you know we've got problems. His always must-read FT... More

The Goldman Hearing Coverage

Much of the insta-commentary on the congressional hearings yesterday suggested that they were pretty much a wash for Goldman Sachs... More

Bloomberg Scoop Has Implications for Geithner, Ex-Goldman Chair

SIGTARP Barofsky says investigation into Fed coverup of AIG bailout could result in charges

Yow! Bloomberg Markets breaks some major news today in a magazine profile of TARP Special Inspector General Neil Barofsky, who... More

Headline of the Year (So Far)

Sometimes you just have to step back and admire the New York Post. Today is one of those days. Its... More

Audit Notes: WSJ Missed, WSJ Hit, SEC Porn

Hedge-fund biggie David Einhorn ripped into The Wall Street Journal for that weird "Hedge Funds Pound Euro" story it... More

Greywolf, Timberwolf, Blackwolf?

Matthew Goldstein of Reuters has been sniffing around Goldman Sach's Greywolf and Timberwolf transactions since last August. Timberwolf is the... More

But Why Didn’t Regulators Regulate?

Bethany McLean mostly misses with her column in The New York Times on who's really to blame in the sordid... More

Audit Notes: WSJ Blotter, Deutsche CDOs, Wall Street Praised for Its Self Control

The Wall Street Journal's much-anticipated New York section arrived today, but your humble Seattle Audit bureau didn't get it in... More

Apple’s Aggression Against the Press (Yep, Gizmodo Counts)

Gawker Media's Gizmodo got hold of a lost iPhone prototype last week after paying the person who found it $5,000.... More

FT Buries the Lede on Ex-SEC Officials and Goldman

I did a double-take this weekend while reading the Financial Times. The paper put out a story headlined "Handling of... More

Chris Ware Shows Fortune the Mirror on the 500

Limits to what can be said in the friendly confines of the business press

Surely, the times call for pointed critiques of corporate America. Fortune commissioned the cartoonist Chris Ware to propose a cover... More

Audit Notes: Ritholtz, Google Spies, Schumer Shies on Shilling

Barry Ritholtz writes a superb post on the Goldman Sachs Abacus scandal. Wall Street loves complexity because it either tricks... More

WSJ Blows the Ratings-Agencies Story

The Wall Street Journal does a terrible job today of covering the ratings-agency investigation news, which is a big deal... More

The Times Forgets Its Own Goldman Reporting

One key part of Goldman Sachs's defense in the Abacus scandal is that it lost a pile of money on... More

New survey reveals everything you think about freelancing is true - Data from Project Word quantifies challenges of freelance investigative reporting

Why one editor won’t run any more op-eds by the Heritage Foundation’s top economist - A reply to Paul Krugman on state taxes and job growth made some incorrect claims

Why we ‘stave off’ colds - It all started with wine

The New Republic, then and now - Tallying the staff turnover at the overhauled magazine

Why serious journalism can coexist with audience-pleasing content - Legacy media organizations should experiment with digital platforms while continuing to publish hard news


The rise of feelings journalism (TNR)

“Bloom engaged in an increasingly popular style of writing, which I’ve discussed on my blog before, which I call “feelings journalism.” It involves a writer making an argument based on what they imagine someone else is thinking, what they feel may be another person’s feelings. The realm of fact, of reporting, has been left behind.”

Things a war correspondent should never say (WSJ)

“The correspondent retelling war stories surely knows that fellow correspondents had faced the same dangers or worse”

On WaPo trying to interview a cow (National Journal)

“‘I wasn’t milked on the White House lawn by a strange man,’ The Washington Post—the venerable institution that would later come to break the Watergate scandal and win 48 Pulitzers—quoted her, a farm animal, as saying”

Bloggingheads

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

  • If you like the magazine, get the rest of the year for just $19.95 (6 issues in all).
  • If not, simply write cancel on the bill and return it. You will owe nothing.

Who Owns What

The Business of Digital Journalism

A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

Study Guides

Questions and exercises for journalism students.