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Thinning Out the Journal’s Front Page

This Wall Street Journal A1 story today takes a rubbery strand of data about consumer borrowing and stretches it past... More

The Journal Games Out Depression Scenarios

I like this Wall Street Journal piece today looking at the odds of entering a depression, what that would mean,... More

Bloomberg on Papering Over Banks’ Losses

Bloomberg reports that the proposed changes to mark-to-market accounting rules could boost paper profits at banks by 20 percent. Hey,... More

NYT: Heads They Win, Tails They Win a Bit Less

The Times looks at a piece of the unaccountability culture in corporate America: Changing stock-option strike prices (legally) to make... More

Just What’s Left in the Metro Dailies?

NYU prof and Press Thinker Jay Rosen has had it with what he calls "replaceniks"—those who throw out the red... More

WaPo Scoop Shows Government’s Bailout Conflicts

The Washington Post fronts a pretty big scoop on friction at Freddie Mac caused by its untenable straddling between responsibility... More

Journal’s Good Effort on the Immigration Backlash

The Wall Street Journal has a really good story today on the government discouraging companies from hiring foreign workers. First... More

Milwaukee J-S Exposes Criminals in the Mortgage Biz

Late last year I did a Q&A with The Miami Herald's Jack Dolan, who led a team that wrote an... More

NYT Sues Fed and Treasury

A tip of the hat to The New York Times for filing a lawsuit against the Federal Reserve and the... More

The “Other” Post Gets a Great Scoop

The New York Post yesterday reported that Citigroup and Bank of America, those two enormous welfare cases teetering under the... More

Journal Inside the AIG Wagon-Circling

The WSJ has a good story today with lots of detail about what's going on inside AIG's now-infamous Financial Products... More

The WSJ and the Limits of a “No Jumps” Policy

Dumbing down and devaluing The Wall Street Journal

We've talked quite a bit about the FT-ization of the Journal since Murdoch got his grubby paws on it, shoved... More

FT on the Death of the Stocks Religion

The Financial Times runs an excellent analysis by columnist John Authers looking at how the "cult of equity" has been... More

Tough-Talking BofA Analyst Yesterday, Gone Today

Wow. I thought it was stunning when I read a short Bloomberg story just yesterday about a Bank of America... More

Bloomberg: The Real AIG Bonus Scandal

Bloomberg News has a great story today on how the government's AIG bailout not only preserved those infamous $165 million... More

The Core Question: What’s This Junk Really Worth?

Now that the details of Obama’s bad-assets are coming out, the back and forth begins. So far, Mr. Market likes... More

ABC Scoop: JPMorgan Still in the Gilded Bubble

Good reporting here by ABC News's I-team, led by Brian Ross, on multiple-time public-money recipient JPMorgan Chase's over-the-top plans for... More

WSJ’s Good Nuts-and-Bolts Reporting

The Journal, slogging through disclosure filings, writes today that AIG lobbied Congress nearly twice as much on taxes as it... More

NYT lets NBC’s Zucker Spin Away

I'd like to tweak the Times a bit for letting NBC/CNBC spin (read: lie) on Stewart vs. Cramer without calling... More

Journal: Credit Raters In Line for “Windfall”

The Journal has a smart story on page one today making the good point that the TALF program will result... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


The 10 worst New Yorker longreads (Gawker)

“[A]pparently [Adam] Gopnik did not know you could bake fancy breads from France and other cultures. So he got his mom to teach him how to bake them. A fine anecdote, maybe, to tell a friend or a therapist. But in this case he wrote about it for the New Yorker, a magazine.”

Insufferable parenthetical asides, ranked (The Hairpin)

18. (strictly for the mise-en-scene)

You are now entering the demented kingdom of William T. Vollmann (TNR)

“Franzen tells a hilarious story of being a young writer in New York, meeting Vollmann, becoming fast friends, and inaugurating a draft swap. A while later, they exchanged work. Franzen gave Vollmann a dozen chiseled pages. Vollmann gave Franzen an entire novel.”

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A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

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