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The Unlearned Lessons of Lehman, a Year Later

September 15 is a week away, so here come the Lehman Brothers retrospectives. First out of the gate is Bloomberg,... More

WSJ on a New Chamber of Commerce Campaign

The Wall Street Journal has a scoop today that the Chamber of Commerce is funding a $2 million ad campaign... More

More on Print and Online Reader Revenue

Michael Masnick of TechDirt took issue last week with my post showing the wide disparity between the value of online... More

Unemployment (Still) Worse Than You Think

The press reports the bad news this morning that the unemployment rate closed in on 10 percent last month, hitting... More

A Good Dose of Common Sense Heard on the Street

The Journal's Simon Nixon has a nice Heard on the Street column today, noting that "Bankers Have Only Themselves to... More

Calculating the Benefits of Cash for Clunkers

Yesterday I tipped The Audit's cap to a nifty bit of analysis from Calculated Risk pointing out that the real... More

WSJ’s Wessel on the Deficit and Taxing the Rich

The Wall Street Journal's David Wessel has a useful column looking at whether and how much tax increases on the... More

Calculating the Clunkers’ Real Cost to Taxpayers

Calculated Risk has a smart bit of economic analysis on the real cost to taxpayers of the Cash for Clunkers... More

The FT on the Bloat in Banking

The debate in the U.S. over how to reform the financial system has been overshadowed by the health-care hubbub. It's... More

Lazy Summer Musings from the WSJ D.C. Bureau

The Wall Street Journal wants you to know why the town halls were so rowdy this summer. Here's its stilted... More

NYT’s Rejoinder on Obama and the Deficit

Last Wednesday, I got on the Washington Post for a poor page-one story on the $9 trillion budget deficit—a piece... More

Bloomberg on the Derivatives Lobby

Bloomberg this morning takes a hard look on the Wall Street lobby, writing that it's "suiting up for a battle... More

What’s Going Down on the Farm? Ask the Bankers

The devolution of The Wall Street Journal’s page one

Gawker had an interesting quote from an anonymous Wall Street Journal staffer this morning on the Mark Penn controversy. "While... More

WaPo: Big Bad Banks Are Getting Bigger, Badder

The Washington Post has a story after my own heart this morning on how the Too Big to Fail guys... More

FOI MIA at the FDIC

American Banker reported earlier this week that the FDIC has done an about-face on disclosure—and not in the right direction.... More

One Story, Two Angles from the WSJ and NYT

The New York Times and Wall Street Journal don't agree on what happened yesterday with a new rule governing private-equity... More

A Post Deficit Story Ignores the Obvious

There's a word missing from the Washington Post's lead story this morning on the budget deficit: "Bush." Its absence goes... More

NYT’s Floyd Norris Audits The Audit

New York Times columnist Floyd Norris takes issue with my post Friday which noted that his column Friday said the... More

Criticizing Obama’s Bernanke Nomination

The Battle of Bernanke has begun. Yesterday, the Journal broke the news that Obama would renominate Bernanke to run the... More

LAT’s Lazarus Alone Questions BofA Arbitration Move

The rest of the press missed a big piece of the story

The best personal-finance journalism isn't the kind where pundit X tells you why you shouldn't buy product Y or continuously... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


The 10 worst New Yorker longreads (Gawker)

“[A]pparently [Adam] Gopnik did not know you could bake fancy breads from France and other cultures. So he got his mom to teach him how to bake them. A fine anecdote, maybe, to tell a friend or a therapist. But in this case he wrote about it for the New Yorker, a magazine.”

Insufferable parenthetical asides, ranked (The Hairpin)

18. (strictly for the mise-en-scene)

You are now entering the demented kingdom of William T. Vollmann (TNR)

“Franzen tells a hilarious story of being a young writer in New York, meeting Vollmann, becoming fast friends, and inaugurating a draft swap. A while later, they exchanged work. Franzen gave Vollmann a dozen chiseled pages. Vollmann gave Franzen an entire novel.”

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