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Seattle Times Reviews WaMu, Hometown Predator

An excellent postmortem details a corrupted culture

Hats off to The Seattle Times for an excellent two-part series investigating the demise of Washington Mutual, onetime hometown hero... More

Bloomberg on AIG as Banks’ Backdoor Bailout

Bloomberg has an important story today on the bailout of the banks through AIG. Estimating that an essentially bankrupt company... More

Monday Links: Circ Collapse, Main Street, Patriots

At the Nieman Journalism Lab, Martin Langeveld digs into the catastrophic newspaper numbers. Every six month increment for (weekday) newspaper... More

NYT Goes A1 on TBTF

Too big to fail makes the front page of The New York Times this morning, which reports that Congress, specifically... More

Only One to Charge Online, Only One to Gain Paying Customers

Congratulations to The Wall Street Journal, which now reclaims the title, held by USA Today for years, of the nation's... More

About Those Chamber of Commerce “Members”

Our Greg Marx does a good job looking at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce member-count dispute, which has laid bare... More

Friday Links: Foreboding, Cell-less, anti-Moores

The FT's Gillian Tett feels a "sense of foreboding" about the current "rally fueled by cheap money," otherwise known as... More

Much Ado About Not Much on Pay

Wall Street pay has been all over the news the last couple of days, leading the Journal and the Times... More

The High Bubble Era in Retrospect

"A growing family with a lot of debt. A young couple with no down payment. A business owner whose income... More

Thursday Links: BW’s History, Lipman?, Job Scramble

Mediaite has a swell feature on BusinessWeek covers through the decades, from the days when it was called The Business... More

Goodwill Hunting at BusinessWeek

BusinessWeek has an interesting piece on the accounting funny business companies employ to smooth out their earnings or to patch... More

Circulation Surpasses Ad Revenue at NYT

Back in July, The Audit noted that a big shift had happened in the news business. Circulation revenue was growing... More

Wednesday Links: “Read and Weep,” Break Up, WSJ Excuses

Uh oh, Bank of America. Some pretty damning emails leaked out of Congress yesterday about what BofA executives knew about... More

WaPo on Hard Times in Bank City USA

The Washington Post has a very good story on the fall of Charlotte's once-mighty banking industry and the impact on... More

Twitter, Facebook Get Paid. What About the Press?

So Microsoft's Bing search engine is going to pay Twitter and Facebook to have their users' posts show up in... More

Sorkin’s Major Scoops on the Goldman/Paulson Nexus

Felix Salmon has been digging some choice nuggets out of Andrew Ross Sorkin's huge new book "Too Big to Fail."... More

NYT Takes on Obama’s Volcker Exile

Why won't the Obama administration listen to its most credible economic adviser? That's the question—and it's an essential one— asked... More

Tuesday Links: Insiders, Preemption, iPhone Mags

The Journal floods the zone on the big hedge-fund insider-trading story. It goes page one with a report noting a... More

Live-Blogging the Corporate Press Release

Live-blogging is a relatively new responsibility in the journalist's job description—which now includes regular blogging, picture-taking, Web video, Twitter, live... More

Incurred on the Street: Windfall Tax on Bankers?

I've been wondering when the taxation solution would pop up in the financial press regarding the record bonuses Wall Street... More

Alessandra Stanley’s troubling history of error

Why one editor won’t run any more op-eds by the Heritage Foundation’s top economist - A reply to Paul Krugman on state taxes and job growth made some incorrect claims

Is ISIS a faith-based terrorist group? - Journalists and scholars disagree about how much Islam, rather than politics and power, drives Muslim extremists

Why Bill Simmons might leave ESPN - Other outlets would jump at the chance to gain his following

Why news organizations are abandoning the Redskins - The media mostly avoids Washington’s football team name


Mag for dog haters is a hit in Germany (WSJ)

Poop and Pooches. That is all

A data viz reading list (Susan McGregor)

Useful resources for journalists

Video shows Mexican drug lord paying journalists for ‘good press’ (Fusion)

“This video suggests that organized crime is trying to buy off journalists, creating a new brand of narco-journalism”

Forest Service says media needs photography permit in wilderness areas, alarming First Amendment advocates (Oregonian)

“Under rules being finalized in November, a reporter who met a biologist, wildlife advocate or whistleblower alleging neglect in any of the nation’s 100 million acres of wilderness would first need special approval to shoot photos or videos even on an iPhone”

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