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Martin Wolf of the Financial Times is on fire over the Geithner/Obama bailout plan. I thought Wolf's lede was over-the-top... More

Auletta on the Newspaper Death Watch

Ken Auletta makes some sharp comments on the perilous state of the news industry in a Q&A with The Boston... More

WaPo’s Pearlstein Sticks It to Wall Street

But good

Steven Pearlstein has an excellent column today ripping Wall Street for still not getting it. He leads with six columns... More

Odds & Ends

This one-source story in the NYT today bothers me. It's got some analysis, but not much. Couldn't find one independent... More

CNBC’s Bear Trap

CNBC paired noted bears Nouriel Roubini and Nassim Nicholas Taleb yesterday in what could have been a very good arrangement.... More

A-Rod, the WSJ, and A1

Why is a huge headshot of Alex Rodriguez taking up half the above-the-fold space on page one of my Wall... More

LA Times Finds California Farms Not Hiring

The LA Times has a very interesting story about how the recession is causing a surplus of farm labor in... More

The Times on the Times

The New York Times's media reporter Richard Perez-Pena plows into the minefield to look at his own company's prospects for... More

Journal Is Wide-Eyed on a Potential Rebound

The Journal is too contrarian for the sake of it in an Outlook column positing that the economy could be... More

NYT Catches Up with the Stock Analysts

Stock analysts have been overlooked in this crisis, despite having a prominent role in the last stock crash just eight... More

Chart of the Day

Karen Tumulty at Time posts this chart from Speaker Pelosi showing how much worse the job losses have been in... More

Wilke Was Itching to Go After the Madoff Story

CORRECTION: In this post I said the Madoff story got caught up in the "Journal's labyrinthine editorial structure." In fact,... More

More on Madoff and the Journal

Jason Linkins of The Huffington Post runs through the email correspondence between Madoff's would-be slayer Harry Markopolos and WSJ reporter... More

Audit Interview: Mark Maremont

“Journalism, unfortunately—and even more these days—seems to be backward-looking.”

Mark Maremont is one of The Wall Street Journal's top investigative reporters (and a senior editor), focusing much of his... More

The Big Money on Michael Lewis

The Big Money, Slate's business site, runs a nice appreciation of Michael Lewis by its reporter Chadwick Matlin. Matlin not... More

Biz Press Largely Misses the TARP News

The financial press way underplays a report by the TARP oversight panel that Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson lied to the... More

Clueless Quote of the Day

From a Journal story about how Wall Street is canceling junkets to luxury resorts. The Morgan Stanley decision comes as... More

This Post Has Nothing to Do with the Crisis

And now for a much-deserved break from all the bad news. The Journal runs a terrific "ahed"—the name for the... More

WSJ Dominating the BofA Story

The Journal has an excellent tick-tock on the deal between Merrill and Bank of America, showing how the government stared... More

The Times Looks at Executive Perks

The New York Times takes a good look this morning at the excessive executive perks yet to be wrung out... More

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

Des Moines Register prepares for a ‘very stressful’ newsroom restructuring - Editor Amalie Nash speaks on turnover, transformation, and a virtual reality adventure

PBS pulls ads from Harper’s Magazine after critical essay - Piece argues public broadcaster has fallen under the sway of political influence and outside money

Should all journalists be on Twitter? - Reasons to take up or forgo the 140-character platform

The Tennessean is borrowing reporters from other Gannett papers - Music columnist Peter Cooper is latest journalist to part ways with Nashville paper


Ben Bradlee, 93 (WaPo)

“From the moment he took over The Post newsroom in 1965, Mr. Bradlee sought to create an important newspaper that would go far beyond the traditional model of a metropolitan daily”

I’m a black journalist quitting media because I’m sick of racism (TNR)

“Among the challenges that make racism so difficult to fix, and so odiously constant, is that white people often don’t even recognize when they’re saying or doing something that cuts their black colleagues to the bone”

High Times hits middle age (NYMag)

After 40 years, every issue still features a weed centerfold

Lawmakers on why they’re mired in place (Esquire)

Mark Warren “spoke with 90 members of the House and Senate about what’s gone so wrong in Congress. Sometimes it got a little emotional.”

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