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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

Bloomberg Wins Its Lawsuit Against the Federal Reserve

Score one for Bloomberg in its lawsuit seeking to force the federal government to disclose who it's bailing out with... More

WSJ Keeps Goldman in the Spotlight

The Wall Street Journal has a great scoop on A1 today reporting on a heretofore-unknown practice at Goldman Sachs called... More

WSJ v. NYT: Securitization Smackdown

If you picked up both The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times this morning, your head may be... More

The Chasm Between the Value of Print and Web Readers

A person buying the paper brings twenty times the revenue of an online reader

After posting the unhappy news that newspaper ads are at 1965 levels, I thought it might be interesting to take... More

WSJ Weighs in on the Seattle Mayoral Race

For the second time in three days, The Wall Street Journal gives prominent play to the Seattle mayoral primary*. To... More

Newspaper Industry Ad Revenue at 1965 Levels

Inflation-adjusted numbers show papers are even worse off than you think

Martin Peers had a smart Heard on the Street in yesterday's Wall Street Journal on the critical question of how... More

The Post’s Misleading Deflation Number

I hate it when I see numbers reported without necessary context. A Washington Post story today on the economy reports... More

WaPo Delivers a Much-Needed “Wait a Second”

The economy faces a long, hard path to any real recovery

With all the positive talk about the economy in the press over the last couple of months, you'd think happy... More

WSJ Back to the Backdating Scandal

The Wall Street Journal, which broke the massive options-backdating scandal three years ago in one of the great enterprise stories... More

Blowing Up a Feeble Defense of Ben Stein

You'll recall Ben Stein's ethical lapse last month that got him fired from his plum Sunday business column in The... More

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

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