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Corporate Welfare Columns, Yea and Nay

The Washington Post's Steven Pearlstein takes on corporate welfare at the local level today and shows how such a column... More

Audit Notes: Deflation, SEC Wrist Slap, ARMs

It seems odd that the press hasn't written more about the threat of deflation. Paul Krugman, no inflation hawk he,... More

Newspapers’ Online Ads Are Worse Than You Think

Martin Langeveld points out something interesting in Scripps's fourth-quarter earnings: Those already-dismal online advertising numbers you've seen for newspapers? They're... More

Fed Up, Consumers Down

The Federal Reserve isn't exactly known as a friend of the little guy. And for good reason. So it borders... More

Audit Notes: CDS Ban, WSJ v. NYT, A No-Layoffs Policy

Wolfgang Munchau asks in the Financial Times why it's still legal to buy credit-default swaps when you don't own the... More

The Unemployed on the Payday Loan Treadmill

The Los Angeles Times reports that payday lenders are feasting on the jobless, taking huge chunks of their unemployment checks... More

Breakingviews Says This Out of Love, Goldman

Shorter Reuters Breakingviews: "The great Goldman Sachs, despite its greatness, should apologize for not living up to its higher standards... More

Audit Notes: North Dakota Tea, WSJ Heds, AP Charge

This is good bread-and-butter business reporting by The Wall Street Journal. It reports on an oil boom unfolding in North... More

No Context on the Fed’s New Fangs

Since when has the Federal Reserve been an investigative pit bull? Since never. But don't look to the major papers... More

Audit Notes: NYT CDS, Embargoes, Obama Folds

I had some reservation about the Times story on Greece and credit-default swaps this morning. Although I liked the idea... More

Reinflating the Bubble

A relative of mine just got this in the mail from Bank of America Home Loans (ie: Countrywide) offering to... More

Are Swaps Helping Create a Greek Death Spiral?

It's a good idea for The New York Times to point out that Wall Street is betting against Greece after... More

Audit Notes: Rewrite, Taibbi’s Coffee, TBTF Antitrust

Jonathan Stray of the Nieman Journalism Lab finds that of 121 stories on Google hackers being traced to schools in... More

Was IndyMac a Sweetheart Deal or Just Sweet?

The Los Angeles Times is good to point out that the consortium of billionaires and might-as-well-be-billionaires, including George Soros and... More

When Government Acts Like Private Industry

The Wall Street Journal is good this morning to look at how public entities dirtied their hands in the bubble... More

Audit Notes: Underemployment, Rogue Industry, Schedule A

The St. Petersburg Times's has an excellent profile of an MBA who's gone from a six-figure job to bagging groceries... More

Bloomberg’s Overdraft Story Doesn’t Have the Goods

Bloomberg has its heart in the right place with a story on banks seeking new prey, err, revenue streams to... More

NYT Shows Banks Playing Dirty on Overdrafts

The New York Times is excellent to spotlight how banks are using aggressive marketing tactics to try to trick customers... More

Audit Notes: Goldman-Greece, Planet Money, Leverage Limits

The Wall Street Journal flooded the zone on the Goldman-Greece debt scandal with a troika of stories today. On page... More

The WSJ Is Hit and Miss on Geithner

The Wall Street Journal has some interesting reporting this morning on Tim Geithner—reporting that doesn't do him any good. But... 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


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

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”

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