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Newspaper Ads Tumbled to 1963 Levels Last Year

But iPad ads show an early glimmer of hope

The New York Times reports that newspaper advertising tanked by more than 27 percent last year, shedding $10 billion from... More

Audit Notes: Tax Break, Lehman CEO, WSJ Sports

The Journal is good to front a story on tax goodies for corporations, noting that JPMorgan Chase is about to... More

Too Big to Fail and Reform

Simon Johnson of Baseline Scenario points to a tough amendment to the not-so-tough Dodd financial-reform bill (so not-so-tough, in fact,... More

The Long Short

Bloomberg has an interesting tale about hedge-fund biggie Bill Ackman's "greatest short ever," in an excerpt of a forthcoming book... More

Audit Notes: Hapless SEC, Murdoch’s Mega-Losses, BofA Repo 105

Just when you thought your opinion of the SEC couldn't get any lower, the Washington Post goes and looks at... More

Wall Street Stayed Put Despite Pay Fixes

Wall Street is a slippery beast. Whenever it's faced with the prospect of regulatory circumscription, it threatens to take its... More

Audit Notes: Greenspan’s Gall, Presidentializing Markets, Megabanks

Barry Ritholtz wrote an excellent post explaining to Alan Greenspan why, yes, his low-interest-rate policies were critical in the creation... More

Murdoch’s Unhealthy Obsession

Taking on The New York Times isn’t risk-free for the Journal

Richard Pérez-Peña has several interesting bits in his piece on the soon-to-commence Battle for New York between his own New... More

Audit Notes: Better Cohan, Ernst Whopper, WSJ Walkback

I was highly critical of a William D. Cohan piece in the Times two weeks ago pleading for mercy for... More

Pittman-Bloomberg Fed Lawsuit Scores Again

Bloomberg has won another victory in its battle to force the Federal Reserve to reveal details of its multi-trillion-dollar bailouts—ones... More

Newser, The Fly on the Wall, and Aggregation

Rarely will you see an aggregator state his business model so forthrightly as Michael Wolff, founder of Newser, does today... More

Audit Notes: Hiltzik on Lehman, Regulator Bonuses, iPad Ads

Los Angeles Times columnist Michael Hiltzik pulls a non-Repo 105 angle out of the Valukas Report on Lehman Brothers' collapse:... More

Another New York Judge Embarrasses the SEC

Will Judge William Pauley III now join Judge Jed Rakoff as one of the few heroes of the crisis? The... More

Problems in an NYT Column

The paper quoted anonymous sources on a Lehman whistleblower but offered no chance for a response

There are some real journalistic lapses in a New York Times column Tuesday that quoted anonymous sources about a Lehman... More

Audit Notes (All-Lehman Edition): Round-Trip, Clueless, Felix on Fire

Francine McKenna of Re: The Auditors weighs in on the Chittum/Carney fracas over Lehman prosecutions. She's on the side of... More

Reuters Is Excellent in Digging Up a Health Insurer’s Tactics

Reuters has an eye-opening investigation today showing how the health-insurance company Assurant Health (formerly called Fortis) systematically targeted sick patients... More

WSJ on a New Municipal “Move Your Money” Push

The Wall Street Journal has an excellent story this morning on a nascent trend among municipalities to put their money... More

Audit Notes: Battle of NYC, Fed, Complexity, Big Mac Subsidies

About the last thing we need now is a newspaper war, but Rupert Murdoch is Rupert Murdoch, so here we... More

Leeway for Lehman Brothers

Clusterstock’s Carney trips all over himself arguing against prosecutions

I suppose we shouldn't be surprised that John Carney thinks "We Should Not Criminally Prosecute Lehman Executives." After all, this... More

Audit Notes: Strong Leder, Online Ads, CNBC Deathmatch

The Wall Street Journal has a very good leder today looking at how the dearth of credit is crimping... More

16 women whose digital startups deserve Vox-level plaudits - A look at the media entrepreneurs who aren’t grabbing headlines

Why was ‘Dasani’ shut out of the Pulitzers? - 5 problems with The New York Times’ ambitious, influential series on the life of one homeless Brooklyn girl

The AP downplays its Obamacare scoop - Repeal on deductible caps marks another step in The Great Cost Shift

The enduring pull of mag covers - Why do magazine cover images still hold so much cultural power in this decline-of-print era?

Michael Wolff’s digital media bloopers - The Newser founder trolls (other) digital-news companies


The shirt on your back

How did the clothes you’re wearing get to you? We trace the human cost of the Bangladeshi garment industry in video, words and pictures

Anxious royalist

Fantastic letter in The Times

Coming out as a porn star

How do you tell your family and friends?

The truth about Google X

A look behind the secretive lab’s closed doors

New Jersey’s good government

Despite the bridge scandal, Chris Christie’s state is relatively transparent and accountable. CJR’s Greg Marx talks to Gordon Witkin

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