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Audit Interview: Mark Pittman

“This is a defining moment for business journalism and for Wall Street.”

(UPDATE, November 29, 2009: Mark died a couple of days ago. It's a huge loss and we'll have more on... More

Hurray for the Dolans!

Those are words I never thought I'd write. Cablevision is going to start charging readers to view its content, according... More

What Took You So Long, Gannett?

Gannett, the biggest newspaper chain, has finally cut its dividend, and in a major way. It's a long overdue move... More

Reuters on the Scope of Unrest in Europe

Reuters has a nice roundup of unrest in Europe—much of it labor protests—it says is being caused by the financial... More

Wired and the Math Formula of Doom

A hit, followed by a miss

Part of the problem in explaining the genesis of the financial crisis is that much of it was just so... More

One Black Swan You’ll Never See

Nassim Nicholas Taleb of Black Swan fame has a provocative column this morning in the Financial Times—a little too provocative.... More

Journal Inside the Citi Mess

The Journal has a very readable story this morning on the tensions between Citigroup and the government. It shows the... More

Santelli and the White House

Rick Santelli continues to make a fool of himself, touring the media to defend his call for a "tea party"... More

FT’s Murrow Moment

Nationalization is inevitable—and sooner rather than later. That according to the Financial Times's New York banking reporter Francesco Guerrera. I... More

Murdoch Fires Back at the Times

The Wall Street Journal fired back at The New York Times story yesterday about Murdoch's newspaper affinity dragging down News... More

Santelli’s “Tea Party” Illustrates Press Failure

The mobs want to string up the wrong people

As the light from the torches gleans from a million pitchfork tines after Rick Santelli's bizarre, gasket-blowing performance on CNBC... More

WSJ Up on BofA

The Journal stays ahead on the Bank of America/Merrill Lynch story this morning, with a scoop that the New York... More

CNBC Editor: The People Are Revolting!

Santelli plays Mel Brooks playing Louis XVI

In the annals of CNBC cluelessness, this morning’s outburst by the channel’s Rick Santelli is up there with the worst.... More

Really, Forbes?

I don't think it's quite time to start calling this economic crisis a depression, as if it's just a fact.... More

Romenesko Misconstrues Google on “Scribes of Drivel”

Jim Romenesko misreads the point (Link is now dead. See update below) Google veep Jonathan Rosenberg is trying to make... More

LAT’s’s Hiltzik Spells It Out

The Los Angeles Times's Michael Hiltzik has been off to a good start with his return to column-writing. Today, he... More

FT’s Wolf on the Coming ‘Lost Decade’

Seven days ago, I wrote that Martin Wolf's urgent warning about the dismal "Bank Bailout II (This Time We Mean... More

Strange Times

Did you ever think you'd see this on the front page of the Financial Times? Think back a year and... More

The Stanford Financial Scandal

I've got several thoughts on the Stanford Financial story. First, I think some of the press is a bit misleading... More

WSJ Is Incredible on Foreclosure Court

The Journal has a superb A1 story today about a foreclosure "rocket docket" in Florida that gives homeowners fifteen or... More

Q&A: An Apple critic with plenty to say - John Siracusa’s legendary - and lengthy - Apple reviews reach their 15th year

Why one editor won’t run any more op-eds by the Heritage Foundation’s top economist - A reply to Paul Krugman on state taxes and job growth made some incorrect claims

4 topics John Oliver explained more clearly than television news - The political satirist brings explainer comedy to HBO viewers

Michael Brown shooting and the crimes journalists choose as newsworthy - Examining why black suspects are covered at a greater proportion than they commit crimes

GOP-backed fake news sites target Dems in congressional races - - Unlike The Onion and other satire sites, the goal is to fool voters, not make them laugh


New WaPo publisher (WaPo)

The departure of Katharine Weymouth ends eight decades of Graham family leadership

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.”

Bloggingheads

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

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