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Audit Notes: HuffPost terrible on Hastings, Fox touts, Advance PR

Terrible news judgment adds fuel to conspiracy theories about the journalist’s death

The Huffington Post publishes a deeply irresponsible story on the death of the journalist Michael Hastings with this headline: Was... More

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The IRS scandal unwinds

And Peggy Noonan pushes crazy conspiracy theories in the WSJ

The IRS Tea Party "scandal" has taken a couple of body blows in the last week. First, it emerged that... More

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The newspaper plunge slows

But paywall strategies and new business are still not enough to offset print ad declines

The newspaper industry found an extra $6 billion in its couch cushions last year. That's not new revenue, unfortunately—just newly... More

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Tocqueville and regulation

Niall Ferguson pines for the laissez-faire days of a relatively primitive society

Dean Baker slices up Niall Ferguson's latest op-ed in The Wall Street Journal—this one about how over-regulated the U.S. supposedly... More

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The ax falls at The Oregonian (UPDATED)

The decline of what was one of the better regional newspapers

Not that long ago, The Oregonian was one of the better news organizations in the country. In 2008, Editor &... More

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Audit Notes: Fox tout, Newhouses’ interior decorators, stocks and flows

MarketWatch outs a corporate cousin’s contributor as a shill

MarketWatch's Charles Jaffe busts a contributor to corporate cousin Fox Business for taking big bucks to tout penny stocks. Jaffe... More

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The Advance Publications name game

The old Newhouse Pledge and the company’s corporate shuffle

The Oregonian is about to get Newhouse'd. As the billionaires' Advance Publications has rolled out its newspaper-liquidation plan across the... More

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Audit Notes: Goldman dissembles, Corporate taxes, Silicon Valley

Bloomberg View shreds the bank’s too-big-to-fail apology

Goldman Sachs issued a report recently claiming to debunk the fact that too-big-to-fail banks like itself get implicit taxpayer subsidies... More

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No, it’s not another housing bubble

Hysteria in pockets of the press over a long-awaited recovery

The top story in all the major papers on Wednesday was news that home prices jumped 11 percent in the... More

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Fortune goes long on Amazon and taxes

How the retailer manipulated a broken government system to get an unfair advantage

I've been following the Amazon tax-avoidance story for years now, and I haven't seen it better-told than it is on... More

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Audit Notes: The IRS story in context, Silicon Valley oligarchs

Necessary context from ProPublica and the NYT on the overblown scandal

The bulk of the IRS scandal press coverage has been seriously devoid of the kind of context that tells readers... More

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Bloggers for hire on a penny-stock pump and dump

The Motley Fool digs into a brazen and successful scheme to manipulate share prices

The Motley Fool's Brian Richards posts a fascinating look inside the pump and dump world of penny-stock promoters, reporting how... More

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OKC’s TV news excels in another disaster

Life-saving information before the tornado, essential reporting afterward

In Oklahoma, particularly in the springtime, dangerous weather is a part of life. And so are the local TV news... More

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Audit Notes: WSJ on the IRS, countering Kinsley, Cramer gets an ‘F’

The paper mishandles news on the Tea Party targeting story

Rupert Murdoch must have loved his Wall Street Journal front page on Saturday. Editors splashed this headline across the top... More

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Peggy Noonan loses it on the IRS story

The Journal columnist draws an evidence-free connection to the White House

We are in the midst of the worst Washington scandal since Watergate. That's Peggy Noonan today in The Wall Street... More

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The other IRS target: the press

The nonprofit news experience undermines the Tea Party targeting outrage

Conservatives are howling about the IRS targeting Tea Party groups applying for nonprofit tax exemptions. Well, welcome to our world.... More

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Audit Notes: Student loan profits, paywall incentives, postal banking

The Huffington Post on a government bonanza

The Huffington Post's Shahien Nasiripour comes up with a great angle on news that the Education Department expects to make... More

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The Bloomberg terminal scandal

Not nearly in the Murdoch hacking league, but it requires a cultural shift

The Bloomberg terminal-snooping story is a serious ethics problem, but I've read some awfully hysterical takes on it in the... More

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Audit Notes: Bloomberg apologizes, Snow Fall re-imagined, Carr on Advance

Winkler admits reporters should never have had access to customer data

Bloomberg News has gotten a big black eye for snooping on its customers, and Editor-In-Chief Matt Winkler apologizes in a... More

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Audit Notes: Bloomberg snoops, Alan Abelson, Niall in denial

And the New York Post scoops

The New York Post reports that Goldman Sachs complained to Bloomberg that its reporters were spying on it via the... More

16 women whose digital startups deserve Vox-level plaudits - A look at the media entrepreneurs who aren’t grabbing headlines

Why was ‘Dasani’ shut out of the Pulitzers? - 5 problems with The New York Times’ ambitious, influential series on the life of one homeless Brooklyn girl

The AP downplays its Obamacare scoop - Repeal on deductible caps marks another step in The Great Cost Shift

The enduring pull of mag covers - Why do magazine cover images still hold so much cultural power in this decline-of-print era?

Michael Wolff’s digital media bloopers - The Newser founder trolls (other) digital-news companies


Six things to consider about the new Los Angeles Register

“If the Register were a football team, Coach Kushner’s strategy would clearly be to flood the zone”

How Americans die

Great data viz from Bloomberg View

The shirt on your back

How did the clothes you’re wearing get to you? We trace the human cost of the Bangladeshi garment industry in video, words and pictures

New Jersey’s good government

Despite the bridge scandal, Chris Christie’s state is relatively transparent and accountable. CJR’s Greg Marx talks to Gordon Witkin

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