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Audit Interview: Alan D. Mutter

“We have an enormous number of reporters today, especially at newspapers, who are reporting on the obvious.”

Alan D. Mutter is a veteran of the ink-stained days who in the two decades since he left as No.... More

WSJ Peeks Under the TARP

The Journal has some excellent reporting today on TARP and how political influence is playing out in who gets money.... More

Good Scoop by the FT

Merrill Lynch paid out about $4 billion in bonuses just days before Bank of America took it over, the Financial... More

Solid Post Reporting on Regulation

The Washington Post has a very good story this morning on bank regulation. It found that at least thirty banks... More

Roubini: Banks Are Insolvent

You know things are bad when an assertion like this doesn't seem that surprising at first glance: U.S. financial losses... More

Obama “Prepared” to Take on the Banks Mess?

The most pressing question for the new administration is what to do about the banks, which are again threatening to... More

FT on Newspaper Ownership

The FT has a confused story this morning on the newspaper industry. Its headline says "Newspapers turn into rich mens’... More

Time Counts the Bush Economic Errors

Justin Fox at Time hits the right notes in a piece on “Bush's Economic Mistakes”. Fox lists eight big ones,... More

Nationalize the Banks or Just the Losses?

Paul Krugman's column yesterday deserves not to get lost in the holiday/inauguration shuffle He fires back at the “bad bank”... More

The Press and Steve Jobs

The controversy over Apple CEO Steve Jobs' health is all over the press, and with it, questions about how the... More

Fortune Looks at Possible Prosecutions

Fortune's cover story this week looks at something I've been wondering about for, oh, a year or so now: Who's... More

Obama’s SEC Pick Under the WSJ Microscope

The Journal is excellent today covering Mary Schapiro, Obama's pick to head the SEC. The pick never engendered much enthusiasm,... More

Trade Plunges; Whither China?

The Journal fronts some interesting news this morning: Global trade is tanking, showing just how bad the U.S. economy is... More

A Couple of Misses on Citi

I've got a bone to pick with the coverage this morning of Citigroup's dismantling of itself. Nowhere in Bloomberg, the... More

To Sell Or Not to Sell

Carr and Jarvis on newspaper business models

David Carr makes a point that's so obvious but so anti-conventional wisdom that I think it bears a closer look:... More

WSJ Sees the Bright Side of Layoffs

The Journal reaches too far for a silver lining this morning, writing that, hey, even if tons of people are... More

The Post Rips the Bush Economy

The Washington Post is brutal this morning, as well it should be, in its post-mortem on eight years of the... More

The Journal’s Late Swing at Housing’s “Baghdad Bob”

There are a lot of folks who deserve some time in the public stocks for their doings during the housing... More

Audit Interview: Gretchen Morgenson

“You’ve got to keep hammering”

Gretchen Morgenson is a leader of what might be called the accountability school of business journalism—a school with, in our... More

LAT Scores on Health Insurance Scheme

The LA Times gets a nice win today in its series on health insurers. The paper has run a series... More

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Female sportscasters are speaking up (NYT)

“[i]n the wake of the recent scandals, women have been driving the story, providing a perspective that their male counterparts simply cannot”

Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

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