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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

Advancing the AIG Story

Today is AIG day and there's lots of interesting stuff out there in the press (not to mention Geithner live... More

Advertising for Apple

AdAge points out that Apple's new tablet may not exactly part the sea for the press, but it will probably... More

Audit Notes: The Newsday 35, WSJ Sun, Davos

The New York Observer's John Koblin has had a busy day. First he broke a story on Newsday's paywall, which... More

Revisiting the SIGTARP AIG Investigation

The AIG backdoor-bailout story continues to build, with the TARP special inspector general now re-opening an investigation into the matter.... More

Audit Notes: Counterparties Relevant, Goldman/AIG, Beck on Stocks

We've been asking this question for a few months now: Why did Tim Geithner tell the TARP special inspector general... More

Steve Jobs, Holy Moses

Moses has been in the news a lot lately thanks to that more-modern oracle over at 1 Infinite Loop: Steve... More

The Press Angle of the Fed’s Backdoor-Bailout Cover-up

Geithner’s New York Fed responded to a FOIA by withholding more information

Whatever Tim Geithner's New York Fed was trying to hide in the AIG backdoor bailout was so volatile it was... More

Blowing Up at the Murdoch Journal

Barry Ritholtz rips The Wall Street Journal a new one today, saying that "Under Murdoch, the paper has become politicized... More

What Does Tim Geithner Really Think About the Volcker Rule?

The New York Times, in a story about the sudden, somewhat shocking ascendance in the Obama orbit of the long-ignored... More

Obama (Finally) Gets Tough on Wall Street

In stunning news this morning, President Obama has reversed course and will propose a kind of Glass-Steagall II, as well... More

Audit Notes: A Tax a Reaganite Can Love, Cramer, Mad Max

David Stockman, who was in the Reagan cabinet as budget director, comes out swinging for a too-big-to-fail bank tax in... More

Bloomberg Punctures the Fed’s French Excuse

Bloomberg advances the AIG/French-banks story today quite a little bit. That's the one where the Fed said it had to... More

The ethics of The Guardian’s Whisper bombshell - It would have been a journalistic lapse not to have told readers

Gawker: The internet bully - Nick Denton’s media empire is an intellectual online fraternity that invites people to their parties only to make them buy the booze

The Washington Post short-sells a reporter’s integrity - Steven Pearlstein smears TheStreet’s Adam Feuerstein for criticizing a biotech firm

Former Sun-Times staffers react to top reporter’s resignation - “Whereas we don’t have all the answers, we have way too many questions about what happened here”

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


‘My Captivity’ (NYT Mag)

An American journalist on his two-year kidnapping in Syria

FBI faked an AP story, in Seattle Times style, to catch a suspect (Seattle Times)

“‘We are outraged that the FBI, with the apparent assistance of the US Attorney’s Office, misappropriated the name of The Seattle Times to secretly install spyware on the computer of a crime suspect,’ said Seattle Times Editor Kathy Best”

How one reporter copes inside the ‘Ebola bubble’ (BuzzFeed)

“Bring gloves to give nurses you meet at clinics, even if you’re there for a story. Get small change to give to the kids who have been out of school for months and are selling ground nuts for pitiful sums on the side of road. Hell, give them candy. Violate all the principles of ostensibly good aid stewardship, because the good stewardship of the developed world didn’t get help here in time, and now everyone is dying around you.”

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”

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