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Amplifying the Drumbeat on the “Overdraft Protection” Racket

The issue picks up momentum in the financial press

It's The New York Times turn to do a nice story on "overdraft protection" practices. The Journal had one yesterday... More

Journal: Wall Street Pay Could Set Records

That didn't take long. The Journal reports this morning that Wall Street compensation is on track to possibly outdo 2007... More

WSJ Shows How Personal-Finance Pieces Ought to Be Done

It's rare to read a genuinely good personal-finance story, so I was glad to see Karen Blumenthal's column in The... More

NYT: Banks Gearing Up to Kill New Consumer-Protection Agency

Continuing the theme of the press focusing on the lobbying efforts of the financial industry to keep the status quo,... More

ProPublica, Post Watchdog Senator’s TARP Meddling

ProPublica and the Washington Post are making a nice little team this week. On Monday they wrote about how General... More

NY Times Chugs the Dr Pepper

How can The New York Times be this gullible? The paper writes about Dr Pepper Snapple outsourcing its information technology... More

LAT Raises the “Nexus” Sales-Tax Issue

The LA Times has an interesting article today on an overlooked aspect of tax policy: The "nexus" exemption for Internet... More

ProPublica, the Post Bring GE Into the Light

Props to ProPublica and the Washington Post for a joint story on how General Electric has benefited from $74 billion... More

LA Times Soft-Pedals Wired Editor’s Plagiarism

It's bad enough to write a two-source story about plagiarism. It's worse when the two sources are the plagiarist and... More

NYT Listens in as the Mortgage-Mod Plan Hits a Wall

The New York Times descends into customer-service hell on A1 today, reporting on the effort to modify mortgages under the... More

A Community Reinvestment Act Reader

We still have to debunk this myth?

Felix Salmon takes John Carney of Clusterstock to task for latching on to the right-wing effort to blame the housing... More

Bartiromo and BizWeek with an Embarrassing Summers Interview

Maria Bartiromo's BusinessWeek interviews aren't exactly must-read business journalism. But this is ridiculous. What would you ask if you got... More

Journal States the Obvious—In a Good Way

The Wall Street Journal looks at how the new consumer-protection regulator is likely to make banks less profitable. I like... More

What the WSJ Looked Like in 1930

Here's a great idea for a business blog. An anonymous somebody is going back through Depression-era Wall Street Journals day... More

Bloomberg Profiles Volcker, Obama’s Outside Insider

Bloomberg has a welcome, long profile of Paul Volcker, the legendary former Fed chairman who's been shouldered to the background... More

Fortune: Confidence in Banks Falling Again

Don't look now but market sentiment on the banking industry is falling again. Fortune reports that the cost of insuring... More

Even the Going-Out-of-Business Business Is Suffering

The Wall Street Journal has a great page-one “ahed” today about one rug merchant who's made a business of going... More

Bloomberg Buys the Discredited Realtor Lobby’s Spin

You'd think that by now the media would be done with the National Association of Realtors, a discredited organization that... More

Citigroup Keeps on Truckin’ Like It’s 2007

The New York Times and Financial Times both report that Citigroup is raising salaries by up to half to avoid... More

Footnoted Ferrets Out Legg Mason Foolishness

The excellent business site Footnoted, run by Michelle Leder, makes a nice catch today on executive compensation. Leder's m.o. is... More

Virginian-Pilot journalists: Corporate management pressure is stifling coverage - “Lovers of journalism in this newsroom are pissed. It’s bad.”

Paper files public records request—and city’s response is a lawsuit - Local officials argue Montana courts should strike balance between privacy and disclosure

BBC Pop-Up reports from small town America - A small team is traveling across the United States for six months in hopes of finding underreported local stories

What game design can do for journalism - Three newly selected fellows at American University talk about the medium’s future

Timeline, an app based on ‘the history of…’ - But chronology doesn’t reveal everything


We should all step back from security journalism (Medium)

“It should be made clear, in law, that the tasks security reseachers do to make the net more secure and journalists do to understand and contextualize the truth for the public are not crimes”

Trust In Business And Media Is Declining, But People Have Faith In Search Engines (Buzzfeed)

People have become less trusting of major institutions, according to the annual Edelman Trust Barometer. And large majorities doubt that businesses want to make the world a better place.

With New Charlie Hebdo Cover, News Value Should Have Prevailed (NYT)

Public editor Margaret Sullivan on why the paper should have published the images.

An Old Fogey’s Analysis of a Teenager’s View on Social Media (Medium)

“I feel the need to offer my perspective as someone who is not a teenager but who has thought about these issues extensively for years.”

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