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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

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Audit Notes: Stuart Varney, German papers, Pando garbage

The Fox anchor tries on the Lou Dobbs faux-populist mantle, fails

Media Matters catches Fox Business's Stuart Varney in a viler-than-usual moment calling in to a radio show (emphasis mine): HOWELL:... More

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Hank Greenberg’s narcissistic and deluded defense of Jamie Dimon

In the WSJ, naturally

This Hank Greenberg column in the Journal on Tuesday is more shameless than your average WSJ op-ed. And that's saying... More

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Audit Notes: DealBook on JPMorgan excuses, Journal-Sentinel, AngelList

Dimon’s in a world of hurt of his own making

The New York Times's Peter Eavis has another excellent story for the paper's often-Wall Street-friendly DealBook on JPMorgan Chase and... More

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Lessons from The Dallas Morning News’s failed paywall

The paper shuns the meter model and flops

In May 2009, Dallas Morning News publisher Jim Moroney told the Senate that a paywall didn't make sense for his... More

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Bill Clinton on deregulation: ‘The Republicans made me do it!’

The ex-president seriously mischaracterizes his record

Bill Clinton sat down with Fareed Zakaria last week on CNN for a typically wide-ranging interview that touched on chemical... More

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The Post on how the Grahams lost the paper (UPDATED)

An excellent report shows how management, beset by industry decline, made things worse

The Washington Post has a fantastic, 6,300-word piece on the events leading to the Graham family's sale of the paper... More

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The Big Lie of the Post-Crisis

The WSJ editorial page says government, not Wall Street, “won” the aftermath

Bill Black is always worth reading and his column flagging a line in a Wall Street Journal editorial is no... More

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Audit Notes: Reuters Next, $11 billion from JPM?, ‘Made in America’ PR

BuzzFeed looks at Chrystia Freeland’s lead role in the flop

BuzzFeed's Matt Zeitlin dives deep into Chrystia Freeland's role in the Reuters Next failure. Granted, this piece has a distinct... More

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Joe Kernen’s bad joke

The CNBCer steps in it with a crack about Indians and 7-Eleven

Speaking of people on Wall Street saying incredibly stupid things, watch this clip of CNBC's Joe Kernen that Media Matters... More

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Audit Notes: 77 and flipping burgers, banks press their luck, Slate

A Bloomberg profile offers a glimpse of the coming retirement crisis

Bloomberg's Carol Hymowitz profiles a retired Oral-B marketing director who at 77 is working two jobs flipping burgers and handing... More

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WSJ buries the lead deep on AIG’s CEO

Benmosche says outrage at AIG bonuses was “just as wrong” as lynchings of blacks

The Wall Street Journal buries the lede in a major way in its Saturday piece on AIG CEO/bombthrower Robert Benmosche... More

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New questions about the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission

Citigroup whistleblower says the panel forced him to dilute his testimony to protect Rubin et al.

The Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission was always destined to fail. It had an enormous task: Tell us what—and who—caused the... More

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Andrew Ross Sorkin, Wall St. concern troll

The CNBC/NYTer turns up the drama for a video on the crisis anniversary

This Andrew Ross Sorkin vignette on "Two Myths and One Reality" five years after the fall of Lehman Brothers is... More

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Audit Notes: Top execs skate again, blame regulators!, Times-Picayune tabloidism

NYT’s DealBook asks why regulators let Jamie Dimon & Co. off the hook

I've criticized DealBook a fair amount lately, so I want to flag this good piece that questions why authorities have... More

Why The New Yorker’s radical feminism and transgenderism piece was one-sided - “This effectively advances the views of a group that wants to see the genocide of trans women, a group that, data shows, faces extraordinarily high rates of discrimination in every measurable way”

Journalism groups rally around a petition supporting James Risen - The Supreme Court ruled against the NYT reporter, who is refusing to reveal sources

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

Gannett’s changes bring excitement, some pain, and a full-time beer beat - A conversation with Joshua Awtry, the chain’s top editor in the Carolinas

Build the future - Journalism’s deathwatch is over


Last call (Medium)

“The death of newspapers is sad, but the threatened loss of journalistic talent is catastrophic. If that’s you, it’s time to learn something outside the production routine of your current job.”

Maureen Dowd on James Risen (NYT)

“Risen may be trapped in Ibsen, but Obama is channeling Orwell”

Preparing yourself to cover chaos (Medium)

“There are things you should know before you show up, and you’re not going to find them in the current news cycle”

Journalists can get PTSD right at their desks (PSmag)

A new study correlates exposure to violent images with mental health symptoms

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

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