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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

Audit Notes: Uh Oh, Joe Cassano; Asian Markets; BW Hires

Reuters reports that AIG may have misled investors on material information related to its exposure to subprime mortgages. Investigative reporter... More

Mortgage Securitization in the Roaring Twenties

Floyd Norris has a fascinating column today on new research that shows, yet again, that there's nothing new under the... More

Bloomberg’s Reilly Wrecks the Lex on Fed/AIG

Bloomberg's David Reilly has a terrific column up today on the New York Federal Reserve and what's wrong with its... More

Audit Notes: Lex Dreck, Recourse, Extend and Pretend

This is a bad sentiment for a journalist to have: Postmortems are revealing. But too much poking is damaging. That's... More

Goldman, Gawker, and the Journal

Here's a good example of reporting by old media getting amplified and expanded upon by new media. The Wall Street... More

Newsday Paywall Is Barely Affecting Local Traffic

The news that Newsday has signed up just thirty-five online subscribers since it put its Web site behind a paywall... More

Bloomberg’s One-Source Stories

One of the essentials of writing a news story is to talk to more than one source. That's so basic... More

Audit Notes: Schedule AIG, Leveraging Pensions, Bank Labor v. Capital

The mysterious AIG Schedule A, which the Federal Reserve concealed from the public (read our account here of how reporter... More

Outside the Forties

We've often complained that the press, much less politicians and the regulators, are still playing three-yards-and-a-cloud-of dust ball between the... More

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Female sportscasters are speaking up (NYT)

“[i]n the wake of the recent scandals, women have been driving the story, providing a perspective that their male counterparts simply cannot”

Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

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