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“Green Shoots” Are About to Get Swamped

A second wave of foreclosures is coming, and the media need to watch out

I get the sense that the press is becoming a bit too sanguine about the economy's prospects, something that could... More

A Mightn’t Wind Blows at the Journal

There's a noticeable tic showing up in Wall Street Journal copy in recent months. All of a sudden, the very... More

Nut Says Moon Is Made Of Cheese, Bloomberg Reports

The investor-guru story is an annoying staple of business journalism. These piece often report that "Bill Gross says this" or... More

An Inoculation for Wall Street Outrage Fatigue

After all we've learned in the last couple of years, are you still capable of being astonished at the behavior... More

The FT’s Kay Takes on “Too Big to Fail”

Financial Times columnist John Kay writes one of the best-reasoned explanations I've seen for why "too big to fail" can't... More

A Slap-Your-Head Bloomberg Column on Newspapers’ Decline

Kevin "Dow 36,000" Hassett, somehow has a column at Bloomberg. Occasionally I read it. As a media critic who writes... More

A Sin of Omission, Part Two

New York Times reporter Edmund Andrews responded to criticism of his book, and the issue made it to the paper's... More

Brooksley Born, Finally on the Record

The Washington Post gets the first interview with Brooksley Born since the crisis started and gives it a good run.... More

A Sin of Omission

The Atlantic finds an NYT memoirist withheld relevant information

Megan McArdle of The Atlantic digs up some embarrassing information on The New York Times's Edmund Andrews, and the scoop... More

Bloomberg Shines on TARP Repayments

This is why you've got to love Bloomberg's Mark Pittman. He takes a story, grabs on to the taxpayer angle,... More

breakingviews, Broken Logic

This breakingviews column just can't seem to make up its mind how to back up its assertion—perhaps because that assertion... More

Former Head of Pension Insurer Pleads the Fifth

Wow. The former head of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, Charles E.F. Millard, has pleaded the Fifth Amendment to a... More

State Farm Is There (for Your Blog)

The Journal looks at what's becoming an increasing issue: Bloggers getting sued for what they write. And it's not just... More

The Audit on the Radio

Audit host Dean Starkman makes an appearance on NPR's Talk of the Nation to discuss his giant story "Power Problem,"... More

BW Catches the Press Recycling Obama’s “News”

BusinessWeek has a smart piece of analysis on how the Obama administration's message control is playing out in the press.... More

The Times Gets It Right (Today) on Credit Cards

Gary Weiss notices that the Times shifts course on credit cards on page one today. It's a good thing they... More

Obama Listens to Elizabeth Warren Even if the Press Does Not

WaPo scoops that a consumer regulator is in the works

The Washington Post gets a nice scoop this morning on an actual good idea emanating from Washington: Setting up a... More

The Times Gives Card Companies Too Much Credit

The Times's front page story on the coming credit-card crackdown doesn't really do it for me. The consumer-advocate response is... More

BlackRock Gets a Bruising from WSJ, NYT

BlackRock gets a double scoop of (deservedly) bad press this morning on page one of The New York Times and... More

Hints of an Explosive Wall Street Story from FT’s Tett

There's an interesting bit of reporting buried deep in this good Gillian Tett column in the Financial Times last week... 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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