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WaPo: Bailout’s Pay Limits May Be Moot

The Washington Post has a nice scoop today that the executive-pay provisions of the bailout law are basically unenforceable. But... More

WSJ: Tax-Lite Companies Want Tax-Heavy Bailouts

The Journal does some good work in looking at some of the pigs lined up at the $700 billion TARP... More

Fed Slaps Down Bloomberg FOIA

Bloomberg keeps the heat on the Federal Reserve to disclose to whom it's given $2 trillion in loans. The news... More

Audit Interview: Michael Hudson

“We’re in a battle now to define what happened.”

Lots of people have asked why the press didn't tell us loudly enough that the subprime train was a-comin'. But... More

Was Countrywide’s “Puffery” Criminal?

Floyd Norris in the NYT points out something worth watching: a lawsuit against Countrywide Financial that's been allowed to go... More

NYT Lets Treasury Off Too Easy

The Times lets Neel Kashkari, the Treasury's bailout guy, off the hook in a news story on congressional hearings yesterday.... More

Portfolio Pries Into Pequot

Portfolio's Scot Paltrow has a very interesting story on some doings between Pequot Capital and one of the firm's former... More

The Times Looks at Bush’s Homeowner Advocate

The New York Times takes a nuanced look at FDIC Chairwoman Sheila Bair this morning. She's the Bush administration member... More

$73 an Hour Doesn’t Add Up

I like David Leonhardt's column this morning in the Times, debunking the $73 figure widely thrown around as what the... More

Journal’s Legg Mason “Get”

The Journal scores an interview with Legg Mason's Bill Miller, a legendary investor who's run into a brick wall in... More

Bloomberg Hits the Washington Consensus

Bloomberg has an excellent story this morning about how the free-trade policies foisted upon poor countries by rich ones have... More

The Journal Gets a Scalp

A day after the Journal went page one with a story about Merrill Lynch CEO John Thain begging the board... More

Tribune Aftermath

The NYT's Andrew Ross Sorkin has an excellent column today on Tribune. He slams a list of players, including the... More

Cookie-Company Crisis Makes WSJ and NYT

Jeffrey D. Austen lost his job making cookies in Ohio. Some ambitious PR firm needs to hire him, stat. It... More

Journal Pushing Free Trade on Its News Pages

This Journal headline is irritating: Hard Times Offer a Chance To Overcome Protectionism Some of us fervently hope that the... More

The Ratings Scam

Gretchen Morgenson in yesterday's Times keeps her eye on the ball with a look at one of the biggest scandals... More

Tribune on the Brink

The financial crisis has dealt a deadly blow to its chances

The Journal scooped last night that Tribune Company may file for bankruptcy this week. The other papers follow suit (not... More

WSJ is Super on Reserve Primary Fund Story

The Journal is excellent this morning with an in-depth report on the Reserve Primary Fund, the money-market fund that "broke... More

NYT’s Norris Tweaks Trump

Floyd Norris has some good clean fun with Donald Trump and Deutsche Bank, whom Trump is suing in a brazen... More

Audit Interview: Jesse Eisinger

“We’re grappling with our own failures about how, by and large, we missed this”

Before joining Conde Nast Portfolio, Jesse Eisinger had already compiled a record of skeptical reporting on and analysis of Wall... More

Why won’t journalists ask Bill Cosby the tough questions? - Sexual assault charges are hardly ever mentioned to the TV star

Knoxville’s alt-weekly wasn’t losing money. It got shut down anyway - Scripps pulls the plug on Metro Pulse in favor of an entertainment supplement for the local daily

Chuck Todd’s Obama book says more about the author than it does about the president - ‘The Stranger’ underscores a broader problem with the way we cover politics

Beware labeling Pope Francis a liberal - Political boxes like liberal/conservative and evolutionist/creationist miss his real significance

The Virginian-Pilot produces a breakthrough investigation amid layoffs - Reporter John Holland discusses how the story came together, newsroom cutbacks, and colleagues who cover for each other


Which media outlets use ‘illegal immigrant’? (Fusion)

“[I]n spite of all the good reasons not to use the phrase, it is still very easy to find in the US press, even in headlines”

Jack Shafer on losing his job (Capital New York)

“Right now, my immediate plan is to go to work as a lay therapist at The Intercept to bring the healing there so John Cook and Matt Taibbi can return. I have great interpersonal skills.”

On outlets that continue to call unknown drone victims ‘militants’ (The Intercept)

“Like the US drone program itself, this deceitful media practice continues unabated”

UNITY’s convention is no more (All Digitocracy)

“The organization’s board of directors decided that UNITY will no longer host the quadrennial conferences for which it had become known”

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