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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

NYT Charts the Recession

I really like this David Leonhardt column in the Times on who and where the recession is impacting most. It's... More

TARP Carp Is Hardly Convincing

Daniel Gross over at Slate calls out the banks whining that the TARP billions they took are tying them down.... More

The Journal Outside the Bubble

The Wall Street Journal has an excellent page-one story this morning exposing Merrill Lynch's top earners of 2008. It's another... More

Fortune’s Most Admired Banks

1. Bank of America. Because you've got to admire a company that apparently makes it through the crisis only to... More

Who Could Have Seen This Coming?

CNBC is now scrambling to undo the damage caused by Rick Santelli's outburst and NBC's aggressive promotion of the harangue.... More

AIG and the $19 Trillion

The Times's Andrew Ross Sorkin has an interesting column based on an AIG document he got hold of that spells... More

ProPublica Advances OTS Story

John Reich's tenure at The Office of Thrift Supervision was dismal. We've known that for a while. The Washington Post... More

The Times’s Incredibly Uninteresting Google Feature

I confess I just couldn't bring myself to read the jump of yesterday's 2,600 word New York Times piece on... More

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

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Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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