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The NYT paywall don’t get no respect

Despite saving the paper’s bacon

I wrote Friday about a landmark for The New York Times: Its paywall revenue has overtaken its digital ad revenue—just... More

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The NYT’s paywall overtakes digital ads

Meantime, the Globe’s drag on the Times, quantified

It was only a little more than two years ago that the conventional wisdom said The New York Times shouldn't—or... More

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Audit Notes: WSJ ‘leeway’ for Suzanne Somers, NYT ads, John Henry

The paper entrusts fact-checking to the factually challenged

Poynter's Andrew Beaujon follows up on The Wall Street Journal's Suzanne Somers fiasco, asking the paper's Larry Rout, who runs... More

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Gillian Tett has a talk with Alan Greenspan

The ‘Maestro’ admits he didn’t understand derivatives he touted; calls for bank breakups

The Financial Times's Gillian Tett sits down with Alan Greenspan for a two-hour interview and gets some eye-opening admissions from... More

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A Celebrity Journal fiasco

Quack-loving Suzanne Somers, WSJ “expert” on health care

What could go wrong when your august publication asks Chrissy from "Three's Company"—a notorious peddler of quack medical advice—to offer... More

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Audit Notes: Zombie lies and regular old lies

How misinformation spreads

PolitiFact gives CNBC's Maria Bartiromo a "false" rating for saying that Obamacare "is turning us into a part-time employment country."... More

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Victor Davis Hanson’s Silicon Valley caricatures

The National Review columnist’s fact-free screed

Victor Davis Hanson has an entertaining take-down in the National Review of the hypocrisy of Silicon Valley lefties—a sort of... More

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Murdoch corruption scandal back in the news

Trials to begin, WSJ interference confirmed, secret tape fallout serious

The Murdoch hacking scandal is back in the news after a bit of a respite. Next week, Rebekah Brooks, Rupert... More

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Audit Notes: Fast Food welfare, finance in the doctor’s office, sharing economy

Taxpayers subsidize McDonald’s & Co. with $7 billion a year

Researchers from Berkeley and the University of Illinois have found that most fast-food industry workers are paid so poorly that... More

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The extraordinary promise of the new Greenwald-Omidyar venture (UPDATED)

Adversarial muckrakers + civic-minded billionaire = a whole new world

Make no mistake, news that Glenn Greenwald is leaving The Guardian to start a new publication funded by eBay billionaire... More

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A piracy defense walks the plank at the Post (UPDATED)

A blogger gets schooled by the meanies of Big Copyright

There are many problems with Timothy B. Lee's Washington Post blog post on Hollywood's supposed culpability for the theft of... More

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Audit Notes: Shutdown/debt ceiling edition

The consequences have already begun

Audit pal Felix Salmon has an important piece on the Republicans' debt-ceiling insanity, writing that "the default has already begun"—as... More

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A Fed whistleblower on Goldman’s conflicts¬≤

ProPublica excels while the NYT’s DealBook slips

ProPublica's Jake Bernstein reports on the intriguing tale of Carmen Segarra, a former Goldman Sachs bank examiner at the New... More

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Audit Notes: Ginger Baker, $15 minimum wage, fisking Niall

The Cream legend just can’t stomach insipid questions from the press

Ginger Baker, the former Cream drummer, gives the interview of the month to Rolling Stone. Baker is simply not having... More

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T-Mobile shows upside of M&A skepticism

After AT&T’s disastrous attempted acquisition, T-Mobile upends convention

Two years ago, AT&T announced it had agreed to acquire T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom for $39 billion. The deal... More

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Too Big to Fail banks still extend, pretend

American Banker reports the big four are sitting on tens of billions of dollars of losses

American Banker's Kate Berry has a very interesting piece on the pile of bad mortgages the big banks still have... More

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The Celebrity Journal

Stars are turning up in the once-august paper for little or no reason

I noticed The Wall Street Journal's "The Experts" back in March when the advertiser-friendly special section ran a story on... More

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Frontline’s landmark ‘League of Denial’

A gripping story of decades of NFL coverup and the deadly consequences

We already know most of the information Frontline presents in its gripping "League of Denial" documentary on the NFL and... More

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The looming debt-ceiling catastrophe

Republicans, inside their media bubble, head for disaster

The Republicans in Congress are holding the debt ceiling hostage—yet again—with potentially catastrophic consequences: "Hand over the Obamacare or the... More

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WaPo eyes FDA access-peddling by academics

At $25,000 a pop, a chance for Big Pharma to influence how their drugs would be tested

We write a lot about Wall Street corruption here at The Audit. But if you ask me, Wall Street's got... More

The ethics of The Guardian’s Whisper bombshell - It would have been a journalistic lapse not to have told readers

Gawker: The internet bully - Nick Denton’s media empire is an intellectual online fraternity that invites people to their parties only to make them buy the booze

The Washington Post short-sells a reporter’s integrity - Steven Pearlstein smears TheStreet’s Adam Feuerstein for criticizing a biotech firm

Former Sun-Times staffers react to top reporter’s resignation - “Whereas we don’t have all the answers, we have way too many questions about what happened here”

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks


John Oliver video sweepstakes (The Awl)

“We may update this list next week to reflect Facebook shares gathered by The Awl as the result of this post, which is ultimately an elaborate excuse to embed a John Oliver video on our website”

Which news org is the most trusted? (Pew)

The answer is complicated

‘My Captivity’ (NYT Mag)

An American journalist on his two-year kidnapping in Syria

FBI faked an AP story, in Seattle Times style, to catch a suspect (Seattle Times)

“‘We are outraged that the FBI, with the apparent assistance of the US Attorney’s Office, misappropriated the name of The Seattle Times to secretly install spyware on the computer of a crime suspect,’ said Seattle Times Editor Kathy Best”

Bloggingheads

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

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