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Bloomberg’s Naked-Short Story Shows Stretch Marks

If you want to get a controversy going on Web business sites, bring up naked shorting. So what will happen... More

NPR Shows Why Newspapers Should Charge Online

NPR on why it's canceling $100,000-a-year worth of newspaper subscriptions: NPR is strongly committed to the highest quality of journalism... More

Audit On the Air

Audit editor Dean Starkman went on KCRW's To the Point show yesterday to talk about AIG. Also appearing: Audit favorite... More

CNBC’s Kudlow: On-Air Lawbreaker?

Larry "Goldilocks" Kudlow just set a dollar bill on fire live on CNBC. I guess he's trying to compete for... More

Newsweek’s Irresponsible AIG Story

It's easier to slip a weak story past your editors when the subject is leading the news, it's almost universally... More

On My Way to Glenn Beck’s Doom Bunker

I've feared that for a year now that doing the Twitter thing would be the tipping point for me—one that... More

The Times Tweaks the Sage of Omaha

If there's a golden calf in capitalism—and by extension, its press—it's Warren Buffett. Hey, if you're going to have one,... More

Journal Keeps the Heat on Exec Pay

The WSJ provides a nice guided tour of executive pay in 2008, stopping along the way to point out CEO's... More

Leonhardt vs. Sorkin: Outside the Bubble

Yesterday, the NYT's Andrew Ross Sorkin wrote a dog of a column arguing that AIG should get to keep its... More

WSJ’s Berman Calls Out the LBO’s

A tip of the hat to the Journal's Dennis Berman for his column today on the private-equity industry. Remember them?... More

Time: CNBC Is Us (on Steroids)

My colleague Liz Cox Barrett points to a really good piece by James Poniewozik in Time on the meaning of... More

Sorkin: Contracts Sacrosanct, Except When They’re Not

An astute reader writes to point out that the NYT's Andrew Ross Sorkin wasn't all for the sacrosanctity of contracts... More

Sorkin and the Straw Man

A big thumbs down to the Times's Andrew Ross Sorkin for his poorly reasoned column this morning on why we... More

“Mean Street,” Indeed

We've been talking a lot about the bubble lately. Not that bubble: This bubble: So, I couldn't let this go... More

Starkman on The NewsHour

Audit chieftain Dean Starkman made an appearance on The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer on Friday to discuss the performance of... More

The Press Wins One on AIG

After six months, we finally know who got backdoor bailouts from the AIG rescue, and how much they got—$105 billion,... More

Cramer v. Stewart Coverage Largely Misses

The show capped a signal moment in the crisis

There's not much to say about Cramer v. Stewart that hasn't already been said elsewhere. It seems everyone, everywhere is... More

ProPublica Blogs the Stimulus

I really like this idea from the non-profit investigative-journalism folks at ProPublica: Bird-dog the hundreds of billions of dollars in... More

Bloomberg’s Weil Blows Up Moody’s

Jonathan Weil has a must-read column over at Bloomberg on Moody's, the credit-ratings giant that is one of the biggest... More

Live From the Madoff Trial: A Gas Run

The Journal has a mega-blowout headline on its Web site on the Madoff guilty plea. But when I clicked the... More

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

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

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

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


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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