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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

Detroit Now Reduced to Using Regular Pencils

The Times has some amusing-if-pathetic details in its story on how the Big Three are cutting back to the bare... More

MediaNews’ Busted Newspaper Bets

The Times has a nice story on Dean Singleton's MediaNews and the problems it's facing in this atrocious time for... More

New survey reveals everything you think about freelancing is true - Data from Project Word quantifies challenges of freelance investigative reporting

Why one editor won’t run any more op-eds by the Heritage Foundation’s top economist - A reply to Paul Krugman on state taxes and job growth made some incorrect claims

Why we ‘stave off’ colds - It all started with wine

The New Republic, then and now - Tallying the staff turnover at the overhauled magazine

Why serious journalism can coexist with audience-pleasing content - Legacy media organizations should experiment with digital platforms while continuing to publish hard news


The rise of feelings journalism (TNR)

“Bloom engaged in an increasingly popular style of writing, which I’ve discussed on my blog before, which I call “feelings journalism.” It involves a writer making an argument based on what they imagine someone else is thinking, what they feel may be another person’s feelings. The realm of fact, of reporting, has been left behind.”

Things a war correspondent should never say (WSJ)

“The correspondent retelling war stories surely knows that fellow correspondents had faced the same dangers or worse”

On WaPo trying to interview a cow (National Journal)

“‘I wasn’t milked on the White House lawn by a strange man,’ The Washington Post—the venerable institution that would later come to break the Watergate scandal and win 48 Pulitzers—quoted her, a farm animal, as saying”

Bloggingheads

Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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