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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

WSJ Calls Out Treasury’s Inflated Loan Numbers

The Journal has more bad news on the banks and some top-notch analysis that cuts through the government line on... More

NYT: Obama to Invent New Bank Capital

The New York Times scoops that the administration has figured out how to give the banks another bailout without having... More

Cognitive Dissonance of the Week

The Syracuse Post-Standard has a fascinating report on one of the leaders of the local "tea-party" protest this week—you know... More

WSJ: Obama Official Caught Up in Pension-Scandal Inquiry

The Journal today goes a good way toward catching up with the Times on the New York pension-fund kickback scandal... More

The Times Falls Short on Banks’ Health

The New York Times writes on page one about the signs of recovery in the banking industry, but its story... More

Reporters fail to capture implications of pension provision - A ‘big shift’ tucked into the spending bill goes under-examined

The New Republic: A public trust or a business? - How Chris Hughes turned a 100-year-old publication into a “product”

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

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

The problem with sharing uncredited photos - “Just because you put something on the internet does not give people the right to steal it”


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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