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Audit Rewind: Ryan Chittum’s Best of 2008

Looking back at the year that was in business journalism

1) My Foreclosure Two years into the housing bust, with millions put out of their houses, we sometimes go numb... More

OTS Mess Didn’t Come Out of Nowhere

The mini-scandal at the Office of Thrift Supervision is big news this morning. Apparently, a regulator allowed IndyMac to fudge... More

Tracing Wall Street’s WMDs

The Journal looks at how investments that were supposed to reduce risk by spreading it instead magnified it by spreading... More

Bush Smacks Back at NYT Story

The New York Times added another entry to its "The Reckoning" series yesterday, this one focusing on the Bush Administration's... More

Madoff’s Enablers

The Times takes a smart look at one of Bernie Madoff's biggest enablers that didn't have the initials S.E.C. Fairfield... More

Bloomberg Tough on Merrill’s Thain

Bloomberg has a tough look at John Thain, the CEO of Merrill Lynch who was brought into save the struggling... More

Did Tax Cuts Help Blow the Bubble?

The Times continues to try to lay bare the roots of the housing debacle. Today's story, part of its excellent... More

Audit Interview: Jack Dolan

“I didn’t see anybody else do what we did, and I’m absolutely certain they could have.”

We at The Audit have called on the press to do more reporting on the underbelly of the mortgage industry,... More

“With Its Heart Still Beating”

The Journal has an excellent front-page "leder" today on the other rich-dude fraud of the moment: Marc Dreier, who owned... More

Not-So-Sticky Wages at FedEx

Felix Salmon of Portfolio makes a good catch today about "sticky wages", which David Leonhardt of the Times wrote about... More

NYT Putting It All Together on Wall Street Pay

The NYT is just superb with its Wall Street-compensation story today: While top executives received the biggest bonuses, what is... More

More on Madoff from the Times

The Times adds some good reporting about Madoff, too. First of all, it says that he's not going to the... More

Journal on Top with Madoff/SEC Scandal

The Journal is besting its rivals on the Madoff story. Today it has a super page-one story that reveals that... More

WSJ Looks Into the Woes at Calpers

The Journal has a good story looking at the troubles at Calpers, the California state-pension system that's one of the... More

Bloomberg Stays on AIG

Bloomberg reports that more questions are being raised about AIG's books. It says it may cost the insurer another $30... More

The Bright Side of Deflation, Part Two

David Leonhardt of The New York Times also writes about falling prices today: The cost of fruits, vegetables, clothing and... More

The Bright Side of Deflation

David Lazarus has a nice column about wage stagnation in the Los Angeles Times, using the peg of falling prices... More

A CDO Story for the Rest of Us

The Washington Post goes long with a look at how the CDO market went bust. I know, I know. You... More

WaPo’s Wrong Spin on Retail

Here's an example of how not to write an economy story. The Washington Post this weekend reported on retail sales... More

GM Pencils, Part Two

A reader, David Baggot, emailed me to point out that the Times story I liked yesterday about Detroit's extreme cost... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Journalists subpoenaed in ‘pink-slime’ suit - BPI wants emails from NYT’s Michael Moss, public-health lawyer Michele Simon, and others

Bloomberg struggles to break out of the box - Justin Smith’s ambitious digital transformation hits some bumps

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Embedded with the Koch brothers - Hometown reporters get rare access to the media-shy oilmen, with mixed results


The 60-second interview: Marty Baron (Capital New York)

CAPITAL: I just noticed that the most-read story right now on your website is an aggregated piece about a Russian lizard sex station in space. BARON: [Laughs] Is that right?

Your iPhone can now make free encrypted calls (Wired)

The beginning of the end of burner phones?

The new face of Richard Norris (GQ)

“‘Richard?’ I say. ‘Richard?’ I shove his shoulder and nothing happens. He is dead. He is on my watch and he is dead. I hear gurgling. Breathing. He’s on my watch and he is not dead.”

How to be a decent entertainment reporter (Eric Danton)

“Here’s how not to suck at it: Don’t write like an entertainment reporter”

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