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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

Nocera Explains the AIG Scandal

Joe Nocera's column in the Saturday Times is an excellent explanation of how sick the business practices were at AIG... More

Fortune: Pimco Too Big to Fail?

I'm big on the common-sense idea that if a company is too big to fail that means it should have... More

Norris on the Fed’s Culpability

Floyd Norris makes some very good points about the Federal Reserve this morning in The New York Times, noting that... More

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

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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