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Yet Another Reason to Dislike Securitization

The Rortybomb blog has an illuminating post on how the mortgage industry used credit scores to replace old-fashioned due diligence—and... More

Bronte Capital with a Major Scoop on Alleged Fraudster

John Hempton the excellent Aussie blogger who writes Bronte Capital appears to have a blockbuster of a scoop. A Connecticut... More

FDIC’s Pitch to End “Too Big to Fail”

Is it me or does it seem like FDIC Chairwoman Sheila Bair is about the only person in Washington who... More

NYT’s GM Lede Is in the Trunk

The New York Times leads its front page with news of the latest General Motors plan for its future, but... More

SEC Follows Journal’s Ponzi Story

Remember that awesome Wall Street Journal story a couple of weeks ago on the shady financier Danny Pang? It took... More

NYT, Portfolio Profiles Land a One-Two Punch on Geithner

Tim Geithner is the subject of two major profiles in recent days. He doesn't come out so well in either... More

Condé Nast Shuts Down Portfolio

The writing has pretty much been on the wall for Portfolio since the recent news that it had a staggering... More

The Newspaper Death Spiral Accelerates

If you haven't made your peace with the coming wave of newspaper deaths, now might be a good time. Editor... More

The Journal Just Loves This Obama Flip-Flop

You know something's up when The Wall Street Journal editorial board gives President Obama "three cheers" for anything. You really... More

Newspapers Blank on Billions in Fed Losses

The Federal Reserve finally opted for a little transparency with some of the trillions it's put us on the hook... More

NYT Is Excellent on Mortgage-Biz Linchpin

Here's a good angle on the mortgage mess. The New York Times reports on an entity I haven't read much... More

FT Editor Criticizes Financial Press’s Performance

We're going on two years into this still-unfolding crisis and most of the financial press has yet to cop to... More

Lewis on Merrill: The Government Made Me Do It!

A Journal scoop this morning goes a ways toward filling in the details of just what Bank of America's Ken... More

Why Pay $100 a Year for the Journal?

They’re giving it away free on your phone

Amy Gahran over at Poynter points out something I've been wondering about, too: Why is The Wall Street Journal giving... More

Portfolio to Credit Suisse: “Good Doggie”

Jesse Eisinger of Portfolio points to a bank doing something right on compensation for once and throws them a deserved... More

Journal Gives “Too Big to Fail” Some Play

Applaud The Wall Street Journal for, alone among most papers, reporting on the congressional testimony yesterday on the "too big... More

About That Pulitzer Shutout

There's been lots of buzz today about the Pulitzers giving financial reporting a big fat zero. Audit impresario Dean Starkman... More

WSJ Credit Raters Story Downgraded to Single ‘A”

The Journal takes a look today at the credit-ratings firms and their assertion that the First Amendment protects them from... More

WaPo Skittish on Its Own Chrysler Scoop

The Washington Post has a nice exclusive today on Chrysler Financial turning down a $750 million government loan because its... More

New York’s Portrait of Wall Street in Denial

In the well-appointed fortress with a finance class under siege

New York's fun story about Wall Streeters not Getting It is one of the best yet on the difficulty of... More

Why Obama’s statement on reporters’ arrests in Ferguson is hypocritical - The president defends reporters in Ferguson, but demands compliance from James Risen

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

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’

First Look runs headlong into journalism’s two big problems - Growing pains at the Omidyar/Greenwald venture


The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

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

Tour guide wars at a Paris cemetery (WSJ)

“Because dead men tell no tales, visitors to Père Lachaise cemetery lend their ears to Bertrand Beyern”

Last call (Medium)

“The death of newspapers is sad, but the threatened loss of journalistic talent is catastrophic. If that’s you, it’s time to learn something outside the production routine of your current job.”

Maureen Dowd on James Risen (NYT)

“Risen may be trapped in Ibsen, but Obama is channeling Orwell”

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Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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