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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

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The NYT’s new dividend is unwise

Keeping Wall Street—and Sulzberger trust funders—happy

Does The New York Times Company have $24 million a year to spare? Apparently its executives—and more to the point,... More

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Audit Notes: Adjunct poverty, Reuters flops, NOLA.com impact

A longtime professor at Duquesne dies in squalor

Today's must-read is this Pittsburgh Post-Gazette column by Daniel Kovalik of the United Steelworkers on the death of an 83-year... More

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Russell Brand on the press and power

Ejected from a British GQ event for jokes aimed at the corporate sponsor

A couple of weeks ago, British GQ put on its annual Men of the Year gala, where it hands out... More

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Audit Notes: GOOD sellout, flash crashes, Reuters eyes banks’ accounting moves (UPDATED)

The liberal magazine-turned-social network pairs up with the military to perfect a killing machine

GOOD, the earnestly liberal magazine that fired most of its editorial staff and turned itself into a "social network for... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


A First Look update (First Look Media)

“[R]ather than immediately launching a large collection of digital ‘magazines’ based on strong, expert journalists with their own followings, as we imagined earlier, we’ll begin by building out the two we’ve started and then explore adding new ones as we learn”

The White House deploys minders to interviews all the time (WaPo)

“Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between reporters and the proverbial ‘senior administration officials’ is conducted in the presence of a press staffer”

The down-and-dirty history of TMZ (BuzzFeed)

“TMZ’s real engine — what defines its mission, what legitimizes it and sets it apart — is a unique and controversial mix of scandal mongering and investigative journalism”

The 10 worst New Yorker longreads (Gawker)

“[A]pparently [Adam] Gopnik did not know you could bake fancy breads from France and other cultures. So he got his mom to teach him how to bake them. A fine anecdote, maybe, to tell a friend or a therapist. But in this case he wrote about it for the New Yorker, a magazine.”

Bloggingheads

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

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Who Owns What

The Business of Digital Journalism

A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

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Questions and exercises for journalism students.