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Bloomberg’s Weil Keeps the Goldman Settlement Story Alive

The press mostly stuffed the big news the other day that Goldman Sachs agreed to a $60 million settlement with... More

So That’s Why the Press Won’t Cover Elizabeth Warren!

NPR badgers oversight panel chair over her legitimacy

A couple of times in the last few months I've taken the press to task for ignoring the Congressional Oversight... More

WSJ “Hears” Another False Note from Wall Street

The Journal has a solid "Heard on the Street" this morning about how all the TARP carping by banks doesn't... More

Kindle Is Just Another Way for Papers to Lose Money

I wrote the other day about why the Kindle—at least in its current incarnation—isn't going to save the newspaper industry.... More

But Will the Bankers Go Galt?

The Journal scoops that Obama is formulating a broad plan to regulate pay in the financial industry to make sure... More

WSJ: Conflicts at Goldman

The Journal's piece on conflicts of interest at Goldman Sachs's commercial real estate funds is a good look at yet... More

The Times Overdraws on Community Banks

I wanted to like this New York Times story today on small banks and how they've far outperformed their bigger... More

Goldman Settles Mortgage Probe, But the Press Buries It

Seems to me that the press is underplaying the news that Goldman Sachs agreed to a $60 million settlement with... More

Kicking the Tires at The New York Times Company

Fortune has some fascinating reporting on the future of The New York Times as a business. It scoops that David... More

The Journal Can’t See Through the Hedges

How do you write about the hedge-fund industry being ticked off at Obama without noting one of the biggest reason... More

WSJ’s Bold Plan to Expand Subscription Revenues

Rupert Murdoch of late has been making the boldest noises of anyone in the newspaper industry on the search for... More

Press Buries the GAO’s Damning Report on the SEC

Speaking of Moe Tkacik: She points out a General Accountability Office report on the SEC that got woefully underplayed in... More

Journal’s Accountability Reporting Gets a Major Scalp

That didn't take long. Stephen Friedman, the New York Fed chairman and Goldman Sachs director shareholder, whose conflicts were exposed... More

Center for Public Integrity Puts the Subprime Puzzle Together

The Center for Public Integrity yesterday released a dynamite report on the interconnections between Wall Street and the subprime-mortgage industry.... More

Murdoch Leads the Charge on Paid Content

Say what you will about Rupert Murdoch (and we have), the guy's a smart businessman. Last week, I reported that... More

They Are CNBC

Make sure you don't miss my friend Moe Tkacik's piece on CNBC, hot off the presses in the Columbia Journalism... More

WSJ Compares German and American Safety Nets

I like this Wall Street Journal page-one "leder" looking at the difference in the European and American safety nets and... More

Kindle a Newspaper Life Saver?

Is this the gadget that will save the newspaper? That angle has been, if not dominant, then significant in the... More

Bloomberg Squawked, Regulators Balked

Speaking of insider trading of credit-default swaps (you just can't get enough!), Felix Salmon of Reuters digs up a prescient... More

Credit-Default Swaps: WSJ vs. NYT

Which story about insider trading of credit-default swaps would you rather read? Here's the Journal's C1 lede: The Securities and... 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


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”

Lessons from factchecking, and the limits of journalism (Feministing)

“Fact-checking taught me a lot, and here’s one thing I learned: One of the main purposes of fact-checking is to correct journalism’s bias toward a ‘good story’ above all else”

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