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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

Black Helicopters Spotted at WSJ Sister Network

Glenn Beck and Fox go way, way off the deep end

The economic crisis has most of us worried about a lot of things. How will I retire? How will I... More

Busting the Boiler Rooms: It’s About Time

The New York Times reports today that officials are gearing up for a flood of prosecutions against the mortgage fraud... More

How About a Light-Hearted Banking Story?

This comes from my home-state paper, The Daily Oklahoman. This is the lede: If you’d like to earn 5.25 percent... More

“Cramer vs. Not Cramer”

CNBC’s court jester faces off with Jon Stewart

So CNBC's Jim Cramer has agreed to sit down with Jon Stewart and The Daily Show on Thursday in what... More

Leonhardt on the Looters

Arguing that financiers’ government “put” caused the crisis

The New York Times's David Leonhardt has the must-read of the day today. He focuses an early 1990s research paper... More

Fortune and the Christian Chicken Companies

I'd like to peck Fortune for a funny error in a story trying to be cute about chicken companies and... More

FT Excels on Complexity and Capitalism’s Future

The Financial Times is running a very good (so far) series it calls "The Future of Capitalism" this week. At... More

Journal with a Good Angle on the NYT Deal

The Journal's Heard on the Street column has a valuable look at The New York Times Company's financial straits today.... More

Housing Columnist Hasn’t Learned from the Bubble

Can you spot the problem here? ...would you sell the rights to future appreciation to an investor who also is... More

Working the AIG Beat

The Journal's good scoop this weekend on the AIG counterparties is somewhat furthered today by Fortune's Carol Loomis. And now... More

NPR, Starkman on the Pre-Crisis Press Coverage

David Folkenflik of NPR looked this morning at how the media performed in the runup to the crisis, and The... More

Laughing Down the Prophets

I ran across this clip last week, and think it's a pretty eye-opening example of how bears and outliers are... More

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins - A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud - A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies


The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

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