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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

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

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