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BizWeek Takes on Confusing Contracts

BusinessWeek uses the administration's plan to crack down on credit-card companies as a jumping-off point to look at how it... More

Bloomberg Cuts Through the Corporate-Tax Spin

I like Bloomberg's tack on the Obama corporate-taxes story, reporting on real examples of tax avoidance—ones that counter Big Business's... More

John R. Wilke, Longtime Journal Reporter, Dies at 54

Investigated the nexus between business and politics

Longtime Wall Street Journal reporter John R. Wilke died of cancer this weekend and it's a big loss for financial... More

WSJ Exposes the New York Fed Chairman

The Journal fronts a scoop that the chairman of the New York Fed not only held Goldman Sachs shares in... More

Chrysler Cramdown in Context

If you read the coverage of the Chrysler bankruptcy a few days ago in The Wall Street Journal and The... More

Bloomberg Pushes Hard on Credit-Raters Story

Bloomberg has done a good job keeping the credit raters in the spotlight, and its latest story shines a harsh... More

WSJ’s Free iPhone App: Rupert “Displeased”

I wrote last week that The Wall Street Journal was screwing up by not charging for its swell new iPhone... More

NYT Muni-Bond Story Effects Quick Change

The good Times story on small-town Tennessee losing big on derivatives is getting quick results. The state is planning "revolutionary"... More

The Economy Is Much Worse Than the Numbers Say

Barry Ritholtz of The Big Picture said a couple of days ago that the abysmal GDP numbers, down 6.1 percent... More

Remember Eminent Domain? The Journal Does

Good for The Wall Street Journal for putting eminent domain back in the news. We haven't heard much about the... More

CDO Complexity in Context

Thought you were the only one who really doesn't understand collateralized debt obligations or, better yet, CDO-Squareds? Rest easy. No... More

Bloomberg: Schapiro’s FINRA Dumped Debt Early

Bloomberg has a good scoop on FINRA's, the financial industry's self-regulator, suspiciously well-timed exit from the auction-rated securities market. FINRA... More

The FT, Germany, and the Weimar Republic

This FT story seems like a reach to me. It reports that Germany is abuzz that the financial crisis resembles... More

WSJ Scoop on Citi’s $100 Million Man

The Journal has a nice scoop that Citigroup is begging the government to let it pay big bonuses to "key... More

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

Why won’t journalists ask Bill Cosby the tough questions? - Sexual assault charges are hardly ever mentioned to the TV star

Knoxville’s alt-weekly wasn’t losing money. It got shut down anyway - Scripps pulls the plug on Metro Pulse in favor of an entertainment supplement for the local daily

Chuck Todd’s Obama book says more about the author than it does about the president - ‘The Stranger’ underscores a broader problem with the way we cover politics

Beware labeling Pope Francis a liberal - Political boxes like liberal/conservative and evolutionist/creationist miss his real significance

The Virginian-Pilot produces a breakthrough investigation amid layoffs - Reporter John Holland discusses how the story came together, newsroom cutbacks, and colleagues who cover for each other


Which media outlets use ‘illegal immigrant’? (Fusion)

“[I]n spite of all the good reasons not to use the phrase, it is still very easy to find in the US press, even in headlines”

Jack Shafer on losing his job (Capital New York)

“Right now, my immediate plan is to go to work as a lay therapist at The Intercept to bring the healing there so John Cook and Matt Taibbi can return. I have great interpersonal skills.”

On outlets that continue to call unknown drone victims ‘militants’ (The Intercept)

“Like the US drone program itself, this deceitful media practice continues unabated”

UNITY’s convention is no more (All Digitocracy)

“The organization’s board of directors decided that UNITY will no longer host the quadrennial conferences for which it had become known”

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