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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

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

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

The press is responsible for ignoring Bill Cosby rape allegations - Where were journalists 10 years ago when claims originally surfaced against him?

Journalism has a plagiarism problem. But it’s not the one you’d expect - Fareed Zakaria’s case highlights news organizations’ ethical grey areas

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

Will radio save science journalism? - WNYC will soon have a new health unit


CNN reporters in Ferguson provide coverage of CNN reporters in Ferguson (Slate)

“[T]here was little that justified CNN’s egocentric coverage”

Which media outlets use ‘illegal immigrant’? (Fusion)

“[I]n spite of all the good reasons not to use the phrase, it is still very easy to find in the US press, even in headlines”

Jack Shafer on losing his job (Capital New York)

“Right now, my immediate plan is to go to work as a lay therapist at The Intercept to bring the healing there so John Cook and Matt Taibbi can return. I have great interpersonal skills.”

On outlets that continue to call unknown drone victims ‘militants’ (The Intercept)

“Like the US drone program itself, this deceitful media practice continues unabated”

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