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If Congress Can’t Fend off the Classic-Car Lobby…

Who can it fend off? The LAT on a Cash for Clunkers loophole

The Los Angeles Times has an interesting—if a bit late—piece of reporting on the Cash for Clunkers program, which has... More

Investor’s Business Daily Short-Arms Correction

Investor's Business Daily corrected an embarrassing boo-boo in an editorial and in the process made another huge error. In an... More

NYT Puts Fox Business Spin in Context

This one's a small thing, but one that too many journalists don't do—probably because we're stereotypically bad at math. Brian... More

The WSJ is Crazy for IG’s

A rash of stories today in The Wall Street Journal about inspector-general reports on government agencies caught my eye this... More

The Judge Gets It Even If the Press Did Not

Last week I was stumped by the weak press coverage (with one notable exception, at The Wall Street Journal) of... More

More on Credit Card Overlimit Policies

I wrote earlier today about a Big Money piece on banks' dirty tricks and my own story of falling afoul... More

Half Right on Banks

This Big Money piece has half its heart in the right place. In one part, it's a tough look at... More

NYT Details Paulson/Goldman Contacts

A tip of The Audit's hat to some old-fashioned muckraking in The New York Times yesterday. Gretchen Morgenson and Don... More

Gasparino, Arbiter of Cred

So CNBC's Charlie Gasparino doesn't like The Audit—or at least Audit Big Chief Starkman. The feeling's not exactly mutual. I... More

Hype Machine In High Gear for Journal Jets Story

The Wall Street Journal, which we criticized on Friday for hyping and distorting a story on Congress buying jets, goes... More

WSJ’s Misleading Story on the Congress’s Jet Set

Let's throw a little water on The Wall Street Journal's page-one scoop that Congress is buying eight private jets for... More

The New York Times Finally Cans Ben Stein

Gawker scoops that The New York Times has finally given its Sunday Business columnist Ben Stein the ol' heave-ho, after... More

BusinessWeek’s Eye-Opening Banks Story

BusinessWeek has a terrific story out on how banks are once more gearing up their magic crap-making machines. The piece... More

Journal: BofA Withheld News of Merrill Losses

The Wall Street Journal scoops this morning that Bank of America knew two days before its shareholders voted (we had... More

Another FT Whiff on a Numbers Story

Two days ago I criticized the Financial Times for a weak story the paper saw fit to plop on page... More

In a Flash

When the press is on the ball and regulators regulate, you get results

That didn't take long. The SEC is "considering a ban" or going to "push to eliminate" or "move to ban"... More

The Journal’s Geithner-Gets-Mad Scoop

The Journal has a juicy scoop this morning on the goings-on inside the Obama administration. It seems Treasury Secretary Tim... More

The Biz Press’s Incomplete (Print) Efforts on BofA

But a Journal blog gets it right

After news broke yesterday that the SEC had reached a $33 million settlement with Bank of America for misleading investors... More

When the Media Partied Like It Was, Well…

David Carr's New York Times column today is a useful reminder that the good old days for the media business... More

The FT Calls This a Front-Page Story?

The Financial Times has a poor story this morning on how Goldman Sachs's reputation has been battered by the negative... More

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins - A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud - A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies


The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

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