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Wall Street Stayed Put Despite Pay Fixes

Wall Street is a slippery beast. Whenever it's faced with the prospect of regulatory circumscription, it threatens to take its... More

Audit Notes: Greenspan’s Gall, Presidentializing Markets, Megabanks

Barry Ritholtz wrote an excellent post explaining to Alan Greenspan why, yes, his low-interest-rate policies were critical in the creation... More

Murdoch’s Unhealthy Obsession

Taking on The New York Times isn’t risk-free for the Journal

Richard Pérez-Peña has several interesting bits in his piece on the soon-to-commence Battle for New York between his own New... More

Audit Notes: Better Cohan, Ernst Whopper, WSJ Walkback

I was highly critical of a William D. Cohan piece in the Times two weeks ago pleading for mercy for... More

Pittman-Bloomberg Fed Lawsuit Scores Again

Bloomberg has won another victory in its battle to force the Federal Reserve to reveal details of its multi-trillion-dollar bailouts—ones... More

Newser, The Fly on the Wall, and Aggregation

Rarely will you see an aggregator state his business model so forthrightly as Michael Wolff, founder of Newser, does today... More

Audit Notes: Hiltzik on Lehman, Regulator Bonuses, iPad Ads

Los Angeles Times columnist Michael Hiltzik pulls a non-Repo 105 angle out of the Valukas Report on Lehman Brothers' collapse:... More

Another New York Judge Embarrasses the SEC

Will Judge William Pauley III now join Judge Jed Rakoff as one of the few heroes of the crisis? The... More

Problems in an NYT Column

The paper quoted anonymous sources on a Lehman whistleblower but offered no chance for a response

There are some real journalistic lapses in a New York Times column Tuesday that quoted anonymous sources about a Lehman... More

Audit Notes (All-Lehman Edition): Round-Trip, Clueless, Felix on Fire

Francine McKenna of Re: The Auditors weighs in on the Chittum/Carney fracas over Lehman prosecutions. She's on the side of... More

Reuters Is Excellent in Digging Up a Health Insurer’s Tactics

Reuters has an eye-opening investigation today showing how the health-insurance company Assurant Health (formerly called Fortis) systematically targeted sick patients... More

WSJ on a New Municipal “Move Your Money” Push

The Wall Street Journal has an excellent story this morning on a nascent trend among municipalities to put their money... More

Audit Notes: Battle of NYC, Fed, Complexity, Big Mac Subsidies

About the last thing we need now is a newspaper war, but Rupert Murdoch is Rupert Murdoch, so here we... More

Leeway for Lehman Brothers

Clusterstock’s Carney trips all over himself arguing against prosecutions

I suppose we shouldn't be surprised that John Carney thinks "We Should Not Criminally Prosecute Lehman Executives." After all, this... More

Audit Notes: Strong Leder, Online Ads, CNBC Deathmatch

The Wall Street Journal has a very good leder today looking at how the dearth of credit is crimping... More

Blogs Beat the Press on the Lehman Brothers Scandal

And just like that the Lehman Brothers scandal drops off the front pages. And not just the front pages—the section... More

Michael Lewis Drops Some Wisdom on Wall Street

I haven't read Michael Lewis's sure-to-be blockbuster The Big Short yet, but everybody ought to watch his appearance on 60... More

Audit Notes: Google “Grandeur,” Toxic Pet, Stop the Presses?

Valleywag's Ryan Tate hammers Google about its "Six Delusions of Grandeur." Tate points to this stunning quote in Fortune from... More

The Lehman Scandal Breaks Wide Open

Will Repo 105 be the Chewco and JEDI of this crisis, and are we finally about to see some people... More

Audit Notes: Investigative Budgets, Cable BS, The Audit Outsourced

Amount the Lehman Brothers court examiner spent to investigate that single company: $38 million. Amount Congress has budgeted for the... More

New survey reveals everything you think about freelancing is true - Data from Project Word quantifies challenges of freelance investigative reporting

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

Why we ‘stave off’ colds - It all started with wine

The New Republic, then and now - Tallying the staff turnover at the overhauled magazine

Why serious journalism can coexist with audience-pleasing content - Legacy media organizations should experiment with digital platforms while continuing to publish hard news


The rise of feelings journalism (TNR)

“Bloom engaged in an increasingly popular style of writing, which I’ve discussed on my blog before, which I call “feelings journalism.” It involves a writer making an argument based on what they imagine someone else is thinking, what they feel may be another person’s feelings. The realm of fact, of reporting, has been left behind.”

Things a war correspondent should never say (WSJ)

“The correspondent retelling war stories surely knows that fellow correspondents had faced the same dangers or worse”

On WaPo trying to interview a cow (National Journal)

“‘I wasn’t milked on the White House lawn by a strange man,’ The Washington Post—the venerable institution that would later come to break the Watergate scandal and win 48 Pulitzers—quoted her, a farm animal, as saying”

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