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Daily Beast doubles down on Big Mac minimum wage nonsense

Extrapolations collide with hard numbers

There's a petition signed by 100 left-leaning economists that proposes raising the minimum wage to $10.50 an hour. The petition... More

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Audit Notes: student loans and startups, Clinton’s cronies, mountains of salt

The Atlantic’s critical look at a WSJ report

The Atlantic's Jordan Weissmann has a good takedown of a Wall Street Journal story reporting that ballooning student loans are... More

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Audit Notes: Waywire and Booker, One Weird Trick, souped-up gentrification

The sketchy startup is still raising money from investors

Talking Points Memo has a nice follow-up on the NYT's Cory Booker/Waywire story, reporting that the "ridiculous" company, despite having... More

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The WSJ leads on algobots and the press

A trader-founded “news service” lands in the FBI spotlight

The Wall Street Journal has been doing terrific reporting on the unfair advantages high-frequency traders are getting from news organizations.... More

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Applaud the Grahams, but acknowledge their failures

The praise gets a bit out of hand

The hosannas for Donald Graham got a bit out of hand in the wake of his sale of the Washington... More

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Audit Notes: Another Obama fraud stat unravels, doctor cartel, NYT

Bloomberg helps uncover wildly inflated mortgage prosecution numbers

Score one for the watchdogs at Bloomberg News, whose reporting helped force the Obama administration to admit that it touted... More

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Audit Radio: Dean Starkman, Bill Adair on Bezos

Interviewed by Minnesota Public Radio

Audit Chief Dean Starkman and PolitiFact founder Bill Adair, now a professor at Duke, talk to Minnesota Public Radio about... More

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Cory Booker’s Silicon Valley cash

An NYT story details how the Newark mayor uses his elite connections for personal gain

The New York Times's disturbing story on Newark Mayor Cory Booker's ties with Silicon Valley is what 21st century corruption... More

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Contra Yglesias, newspapers have lost readers to the Web

Junk traffic and loyal readers, yet again

Writing about newspapers and the Internet, Matthew Yglesias manages to be both crushingly obvious and wrong at the same time.... More

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Audit Notes: The Bezos Post

Little early information in the wake of an epic media earthquake

Jack Shafer of Reuters hits on something I've been thinking about recently: What newspapers can do to capitalize on their... More

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Jeff Bezos’s landmark purchase of the Washington Post

We’ve now officially entered the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse—for good or ill

There must be a dozen serious, fascinating implications of the jaw-dropping news that the Graham family is selling the Washington... More

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Required skimming: Fed watchers

Keeping an eye on the Federal Reserve

This month, CJR presents "Required Skimming," a daily miniguide to our staffers' beats and obsessions. If we overlooked any of... More

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Audit Notes: JPMorgan and FERC, no NYT dividend, SEC filings

LAT’s Hiltzik hits yet another Wall Street wrist-slap

Michael Hiltzik slams the Federal Electric Regulatory Commission for letting JPMorgan Chase off the hook with a $410 million fine,... More

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Big Mac numbers too good to check—or to correct

Fixes and non-fixes following a Huffington Post story

The Huffington Post has all but retracted the story on Big Macs and wages that I criticized here (as did... More

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The NYT’s $150 million-a-year paywall

Growth slows sharply, but digital-subscriber revenue is propping up the paper

The New York Times's once-torrid paywall growth continued to slow in the second quarter, adding 23,000 digital-only subscribers. That's the... More

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Audit Notes: The unbanked, Paolo Pellegrini, a debt collector pauses

The NYT on the minor mishaps keep people out of the banking system

You've read a lot about how Big Data can save the world and all that. You don't read much (at... More

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A Big Mac miss by The Huffington Post

Poor reporting on a “study” by a Kansas undergrad

The Huffington Post reports that McDonald's could double its workers wages by raising the price of a Big Mac by... More

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John Stossel’s poor logic on minimum wages and jobs

Fox host fails to explain away Australia’s high wages and low unemployment

Fox Business's John Stossel is a long-time opponent of the minimum wage. I don't mean he opposes raising the minimum... More

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Audit Notes: Robot truckers, Larry Summers, Detroit not America’s future

Computers take on a last haven of blue-collar jobs

The Wall Street Journal's Dennis Berman has an excellent piece on the future of the truck driver, whom he notes... More

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Audit Notes: Meredith Whitney’s press, Steve Forbes, revolving door

An aversion to the press, proclaimed amidst a press tour

Michael Aneiro of Barron's watches Meredith Whitney, the discredited Cassandra of the municipal-bond market, on CNBC. Whitney has been popping... More

It doesn’t add up - A science writer questions the conventional wisdom of US-born STEM workers

#Realtalk: Dear reader - For small sites, loyalty might be a better path to pageviews

Falling for internet hoaxes - Some people who share satire don’t realize they’re missing the punchline

Digital First plans layoffs (Updated) - High-level executives and high-profile digital projects targeted

Nobody’s that lucky’—except in Florida’s lottery? - Palm Beach Post ferrets out lottery fraud, prompts tightening of “meager” safeguards


The future of Facebook may not say ‘Facebook’

The future of the social network is apps—lots and lots of apps

Bitcoin creator ‘Satoshi Nakamoto’ unmasked-again?

A linguistics analysis suggests that Nick Szabo, a well known name in cryptography circles, is the mysterious father of the digital currency

The Center for Public Integrity’s response to ABC News

“I urge you to go to your reporters and engage in serious self-examination”

The slaughter bench of history

How war has made the world safer and richer

New Jersey’s good government

Despite the bridge scandal, Chris Christie’s state is relatively transparent and accountable. CJR’s Greg Marx talks to Gordon Witkin

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