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WSJ Editorial Scrutinizes Geithner on AIG Counterparties

I wrote twice on Tuesday about the bizarre Tim Geithner quote that "the financial condition of the counterparties was not... More

Thursday Links: Custard Ken, (More) Media Layoffs, Chainsaw Guy

The Wall Street Journal has a very good page-one leder on Ken Griffin's giant hedge fund firm Citadel, which is... More

Prospect’s Take on Too Big to Fail

The British magazine Prospect has one of the better explainers on too big to fail I've yet seen. It's a... More

A Good Bloomberg Profile of Elizabeth Warren

Bloomberg this morning posts a really good profile of Elizabeth Warren, who, despite much of the press's dismissal of her... More

Wednesday Links: Philly’s Mod Policy, Fraud Force, WoW

The New York Times looks at Philadelphia's way of dealing with the foreclosure crisis: Forcing homeowners and lenders face to... More

Tyrangiel Takes Over at BusinessWeek

Bloomberg surprised just about everybody by picking Josh Tyrangiel of Time to helm the newly acquired (and newly gutted—it's sacking... More

WSJ Zeroes in on Goldman Collateral

The Wall Street Journal fleshes out the Goldman Sachs backdoor bailout part of the Special Inspector General of the TARP's... More

Tuesday Links: Lowballing OSHA, Lowenstein, SIGTARP

The New York Times reports that employers systematically under-report workplace injuries, citing a new GAO report. It says OSHA will... More

The Debt Privilege

We all know too much debt is at the root of the economic crisis. And we've seen lots of step-back... More

Misplaying the SIGTARP Report

Did the Federal Reserve have any leverage in its negotiations with AIG counterparties, the ones it paid one hundred cents... More

The Backdoor-Bailout Report Coverage

Here's a win for the press, namely The New York Times and Bloomberg. The government, or one of its internal... More

Monday Links: New Bubble; Raters; Government Support

Steven Pearlstein says the Federal Reserve still hasn't learned its lesson about credit bubbles. Pearlstein adds to the growing chorus... More

Bloomberg: Bankers Doubling Down in Vegas

Bloomberg has an interesting real estate story showing how banks are getting entangled in the wreckage of their loans. Deutsche... More

Survey: Half of U.S. Would Pay (a Pittance) for Online News

The New York Times reports on a new survey that says half of Americans would pay for news online if... More

Friday Links: Conspiracy Check, Weak TBTF Defenses, The Road

Gary Weiss at The Big Money takes a good look at five conspiracy theories about Wall Street and ranks their... More

Missing the Big Pfizer Kelo Story

The NYT is first out of the gate nationally four days after the news broke.*

(UPDATE: Ted Mann of The Day points out that he wrote a news story before the Times on the Kelo... More

A Perfect Bit of Uncountered PR Nonsense on Overdrafts

The Federal Reserve is effectively banning the "overdraft protection" racket on debt cards by forcing banks to make customers opt-in... More

Thursday Links: 10,000 Applications, Glass Steagall Day, TARP

The Washington Post reports on the jobless "recovery," a term it's still too early to use for the economy given... More

NYT Examines the Impact of the Crisis on Kids

A few weeks ago I praised a Sesame Street special, of all things, for putting a human face on the... More

WSJ Tinkers With a Perfectly Good Story

The Wall Street Journal has an interesting front-page story on tinkerers this morning, but the paper undermines it with a... 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


Which news org is the most trusted? (Pew)

The answer is complicated

‘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.”

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