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Art Laffer + PR blitz = press failure

The media types up the retail lobby’s propaganda

Here's the headline of a USA Today op-ed in Thursday's paper: Arthur B. Laffer: Collect more sales taxes Say what?... More

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Roddy Boyd exposes a hedge-fund fraud

A scam for the social-media age

Roddy Boyd has the business read of the week with his dynamite investigation into Anthony Davian, the social-media loving hedge-fund... More

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Elizabeth Warren, the antidote to CNBC

The senator schools the talking heads on bank regulation

Elizabeth Warren on CNBC is my kind of TV: The plain-spoken brilliance of the Okie-gone-Harvard versus the savvy hectoring of... More

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A McDonald’s own-goal on wages

Accidentally exposing the fallacy of its own personal-finance advice to workers

In her book Pound Foolish: Exposing the Dark Side of the Personal Finance Industry, Helaine Olen writes about how the... More

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Wall Street asset-strips Tribune’s newspapers

A Ken Doctor scoop shows a planned spinoff endangering the papers’ future

Tribune Company, which emerged from bankruptcy six months ago, announced last week that it will spin off its declining newspapers... More

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Fortune’s Nina Easton plumps for Walmart in DC

Retail employment is a zero-sum game

The argument that if a company doesn't get its way, X number of jobs will disappear is an old canard... More

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The OC launches a newspaper war in the LBC

Aaron Kushner’s Orange County Register starts a daily Long Beach edition

Aaron Kushner, the newspaper industry's almost impossibly contrarian would-be savior, is launching a newspaper war with the MediaNews-owned Press-Telegram in... More

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Reuters feeds the robots two-second scoops

The New York AG probes the selling of early access to market-moving information

The University of Michigan's market-moving reports on consumer confidence used to only be available via a $4,750 annual subscription paid... More

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Geithner cashes in on Wall Street

Deutsche Bank, recipient of $8.5 billion bailout, coughs up $200,000 for a speech

The Financial Times reports that former Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner—Wall Street's (main) man in the Obama White House—is already cashing... More

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Audit Notes: Amazon watch, the Capitalist Tool, WSJ and Pinochet

NYT finds the dominant bookseller reining in the discounts in some areas

Amazon has long employed predatory pricing to establish market dominance. And in Monopoly 101, cornering a market allows you to... More

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Rupert Murdoch knew about his papers’ bribes culture

An explosive secret tape from CEO’s crisis chat with arrested Sun journalists

At long last we now have indisputable evidence that Rupert Murdoch knew about the culture of criminality at his newspapers:... More

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Crank lands positive BizWeek profile

The magazine lets David Stockman off easy

David Stockman is the former Reagan budget director and private-equity executive who paid $7.2 million in 2007 to make some... More

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ProPublica probes the temp agencies

A lopsided power equation encourages abuses

Deep in its investigation of the temp industry, ProPublica prints this 1971 ad for "Kelly girls": Here's the text: Never... More

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Audit Notes: Boston Globe bids, WSJ flops at BuzzFeed, News Corp.

A 94 percent fall in value over twenty years

Bloomberg News gets some details on The New York Times's impending sale of The Boston Globe and Worcester Telegram &... More

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Oxford on paying for news online

Young people are far more likely to pony up than older readers

Oxford's Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism put out a digital-news survey recently that's well worth your time. It... More

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Audit Notes: HuffPost terrible on Hastings, Fox touts, Advance PR

Terrible news judgment adds fuel to conspiracy theories about the journalist’s death

The Huffington Post publishes a deeply irresponsible story on the death of the journalist Michael Hastings with this headline: Was... More

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The IRS scandal unwinds

And Peggy Noonan pushes crazy conspiracy theories in the WSJ

The IRS Tea Party "scandal" has taken a couple of body blows in the last week. First, it emerged that... More

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The newspaper plunge slows

But paywall strategies and new business are still not enough to offset print ad declines

The newspaper industry found an extra $6 billion in its couch cushions last year. That's not new revenue, unfortunately—just newly... More

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Tocqueville and regulation

Niall Ferguson pines for the laissez-faire days of a relatively primitive society

Dean Baker slices up Niall Ferguson's latest op-ed in The Wall Street Journal—this one about how over-regulated the U.S. supposedly... More

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The ax falls at The Oregonian (UPDATED)

The decline of what was one of the better regional newspapers

Not that long ago, The Oregonian was one of the better news organizations in the country. In 2008, Editor &... More

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

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

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

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