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Audit Notes: NYTPad, Perp Walks, Warren’s War

What will a newspaper look like on the iPad? Here's a blurry sneak peek of screenshots of The New York... More

Bloomberg on the CDO Shuffle That Helped Break AIG

Bloomberg dropped a major investigation today on the AIG collapse, shedding much-needed light on the conflicted role of CDO managers... More

Big Hole in an NYT Story on Oil Prices

The New York Times writes that oil prices have been remarkably stable over the last year, settling into what it... More

A Tribune Lecture on Indebtedness

The Chicago Tribune scolds the government for taking on too much debt. And the paper knows whereof it speaks. Boy... More

Demolishing the Banks’ Anti-Consumer Spin

The banking industry has helped water down consumer financial protection by arguing that consumer protection is a job best done... More

Was the Citi Bailout Really a Good Deal?

Dean Baker pointed out a myopic Washington Post story on Saturday reporting that the Treasury will make a several-billion-dollar profit... More

Audit Notes: Unfair Size Advantage, Bumped Down, WSJ Win

Reuters Breakingviews finds another unfair advantage for the too-big-to-fail banks: They're paying less interest for deposits than their smaller competitors—a... More

Getting Foxy with Sulzberger at the WSJ

Vanity Fair's Michael Wolff reeled in a stunner this weekend from The Wall Street Journal: Well, on the front page... More

The WSJ’s Confusing Subscription Prices

I wrote yesterday that The Wall Street Journal's iPad pricing doesn't make sense. The paper will charge $17.99 a month... More

Audit Notes: Predators on the Block, iPad Pushback, Reuters on Toyota

The Wall Street Journal has a nice story about how slow-going it's been slimming down Citigroup. But what struck me... More

The Dead Go On the Record in The Wall Street Journal

The paper held Apple director’s newsmaking comments until after his death

A Wall Street Journal story yesterday on the death of Apple director Jerome York quoted eye-opening remarks York made to... More

What About Private Equity?

The industry is getting off easy while it destroys companies and jobs

This from The Wall Street Journal's Overheard on the Street is the stat of the day (okay, it ran yesterday):... More

Justice Says Wall Street Colluded to Gouge Cities and States

Bloomberg scoops (and Dow Jones follows without crediting) that the Justice Department says JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, and General... More

Audit Notes: Cramer Creamed, Elizabeth Warren, BofA Mods

Reason No. 5 billion not to listen to Jim Cramer or other market snake-oil salesmen: Jim Cramer said on CNBC's... More

LA Times Sees an Oncoming Option ARM Wave

The Los Angeles Times looks at the possible impending Option-ARM crisis, something we've asked for more coverage of for a... More

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

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014


NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

Lessons from factchecking, and the limits of journalism (Feministing)

“Fact-checking taught me a lot, and here’s one thing I learned: One of the main purposes of fact-checking is to correct journalism’s bias toward a ‘good story’ above all else”

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