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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

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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

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

Des Moines Register prepares for a ‘very stressful’ newsroom restructuring - Editor Amalie Nash speaks on turnover, transformation, and a virtual reality adventure

PBS pulls ads from Harper’s Magazine after critical essay - Piece argues public broadcaster has fallen under the sway of political influence and outside money

Should all journalists be on Twitter? - Reasons to take up or forgo the 140-character platform

The Tennessean is borrowing reporters from other Gannett papers - Music columnist Peter Cooper is latest journalist to part ways with Nashville paper


Fake news sites using Facebook to spread Ebola panic (The Verge)

“These sites claim to be satirical but lack even incompetent attempts at anything resembling humor”

How Ben Bradlee dealt with flacks (Washington Post)

“I would like to be sure that you understand that we trust our editors’ news judgement and that we distrust yours”

Ben Bradlee, 93 (WaPo)

“From the moment he took over The Post newsroom in 1965, Mr. Bradlee sought to create an important newspaper that would go far beyond the traditional model of a metropolitan daily”

I’m a black journalist quitting media because I’m sick of racism (TNR)

“Among the challenges that make racism so difficult to fix, and so odiously constant, is that white people often don’t even recognize when they’re saying or doing something that cuts their black colleagues to the bone”

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