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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

Bloomberg Looks at Merrill’s $34 Million Man

Bloomberg keeps the Andrea Orcel story alive with a nice piece today. Orcel is the Merrill Lynch banker who took... More

WSJ Exposes Corruption at the FDA

The Journal on page one today shines a bright light on some shady doings at the FDA, finding that Democratic... More

It’s Obama’s Bear Market, Says Bloomberg

We've seen a meme spreading like a fungus in the press, mostly on the editorial/analysis/commentator side so far, blaming Barack... More

Transparency for AIG Gets a Boost

Lawmakers are finally getting seriously ticked off at the Federal Reserve for concealing who is really benefiting from the bailout... More

Remains of the Day

-- A couple of professors in an NYT op-ed make a convincing case that the Obama/Geithner housing bailout is doomed... More

Journal Writes, Journal Gets Results

It was just yesterday that we saw the WSJ's impressive effort tracking down the bonus babies at Merrill Lynch, who... More

The Daily Show Eviscerates Santelli and CNBC

Criticism of both lands bruising blows

In the annals of business-press criticism, we are humbled to have to admit that there may have never been anything... More

Bloomberg Finds Conflicts of Interest in Debtland

Bloomberg News is excellent this morning looking at yet another problem caused by the giant, unregulated credit-default swaps market. First... More

False Balance in the Times

This unfortunate lede mars an otherwise solid story in the NYT today on how former Countrywide executives are now snatching... More

The ethics of The Guardian’s Whisper bombshell - It would have been a journalistic lapse not to have told readers

Gawker: The internet bully - Nick Denton’s media empire is an intellectual online fraternity that invites people to their parties only to make them buy the booze

The Washington Post short-sells a reporter’s integrity - Steven Pearlstein smears TheStreet’s Adam Feuerstein for criticizing a biotech firm

Former Sun-Times staffers react to top reporter’s resignation - “Whereas we don’t have all the answers, we have way too many questions about what happened here”

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks


Which news org is the most trusted? (Pew)

The answer is complicated

‘My Captivity’ (NYT Mag)

An American journalist on his two-year kidnapping in Syria

FBI faked an AP story, in Seattle Times style, to catch a suspect (Seattle Times)

“‘We are outraged that the FBI, with the apparent assistance of the US Attorney’s Office, misappropriated the name of The Seattle Times to secretly install spyware on the computer of a crime suspect,’ said Seattle Times Editor Kathy Best”

How one reporter copes inside the ‘Ebola bubble’ (BuzzFeed)

“Bring gloves to give nurses you meet at clinics, even if you’re there for a story. Get small change to give to the kids who have been out of school for months and are selling ground nuts for pitiful sums on the side of road. Hell, give them candy. Violate all the principles of ostensibly good aid stewardship, because the good stewardship of the developed world didn’t get help here in time, and now everyone is dying around you.”

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