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Markopolos the Media Critic

It's, ahem, interesting to see Hero Harry Markopolos's take on Murdoch as the Journal takeover was proceeding. This in an... More

Markopolos and the Journal

The whistleblower says he called with a tip

Gary Weiss is all over a bit of news this morning that Harry Markopolos, the Madoff whistleblower tried to get... More

Wake Up, Wall Street and Washington

Steven Pearlstein has a good take in the Washington Post on the reckoning that's starting to dawn on the power... More

Trade Skepticism Gets an Airing

It's all too rare to see skepticism of free trade in the business press, much less a full-throated attack on... More

CNBC Gets the Munchies

Legalizing pot and looking within

Watching CNBC, I was about to get ticked about the incessant reporting over the Michael Phelps smoking dope story. Who... More

Dowd Rips the Street

I'm no Maureen Dowd fan (and even less of a Tom Friedman one), but I have to applaud her column... More

Great Times Piece on Wall Streeters’ Shame

The Times has an amusing story this morning on what it's like for Wall Streeters now that they're goats instead... More

The Protectionism Bogeyman

There's a movement afoot in the financial press, especially in globalist publications like The Wall Street Journal and Financial Times,... More

Reports of the Malls’ Death Are Greatly Exaggerated

The Times on Sunday tossed off a variation of that old journalism standby, "The Death of the Mall," going to... More

Seattle P-I: Feds Knew About Widespread Mortgage Fraud

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer's days may be numbered, but it's still got some scrap. It put out a nice story the... More

“Populist” or Just the Truth?

I have a nit to pick with the Times's lead story today about Obama calling Wall Street's $18.4 billion in... More

Don’t Blame Us!

It's time for a quote of the day. This from a good Bloomberg story about Davos participants in denial about... More

How One Job Loss Cascades Through the Economy

I love this story in the Journal's Currents section today. My former colleague Ben Casselman traces the economic impact of... More

Bloomberg Bird-dogs Transparency Issues

We at The Audit continue to be impressed with Bloomberg News's aggressive accountability journalism. Its pursuit of transparency in the... More

Good Madoff Scoop from the Times and Il Sole 24 Ore

A good Madoff scoop from the Times this morning is also interesting for how it came about: a collaboration with... More

Reporting the Stimulus Plan

Applaud the press for its coverage of the herky-jerky spending plans.

Does the press have a lot on its hands these days, or what? I've lost count of how many trillions... More

Breaking: 4 Minute Wait for Decaf at Starbucks

Talk about commodity news. We've gotten on the Journal before for its weird Starbucks obsession obsession, but today it goes... More

LAT Is Good on Foreclosures

The LA Times is excellent today on the dismal state of housing in California, the ground zero—one of them, anyway—of... More

Inside a Layoff

The Journal also has an excellent front-page "ahed" today—a first-hand, real-time look at the layoffs that are swamping the economy.... More

WSJ Crushes the Competition

The Journal dominates the John Thain/Merrill Lynch/Bank of America fiasco story today. Thain fired back at B of A yesterday,... 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


Fake news sites using Facebook to spread Ebola panic (The Verge)

“These sites claim to be satirical but lack even incompetent attempts at anything resembling humor”

How Ben Bradlee dealt with flacks (Washington Post)

“I would like to be sure that you understand that we trust our editors’ news judgement and that we distrust yours”

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”

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