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The Media’s Mixed Messages on the Mall

David Carr is right to expose the media's hypocrisy in its hand-wringing over the Black Friday mania that ended up... More

WaPo and 60 Minutes Team Up on Internet Gambling

The Washington Post and 60 Minutes put their investigative heads together for a nice two-day collaboration on Internet gambling that... More

WSJ: What Crisis?

This Journal story about Morgan Stanley is off key—and it's a bad time to be out of tune. Hey, did... More

Chef Executive Officer

So the Times suggests you run your Thanksgiving dinner like you're a CEO. But skip the story and let The... More

Joe Nocera’s Mailbag

The NYT's Joe Nocera publishes an excellent email from an unnamed banker predicting an impending (and deserved, he says) collapse... More

Bloomberg: Governments Still Gambling on Derivatives

Check out this Bloomberg story on a Pennsylvania county getting into derivatives to help balance its budget. The interest-rate swaps,... More

LAT Looks Under the New Century Rock

The Los Angeles Times has a good investigation of questionable stock sales at New Century Financial, which was one of... More

The Story of the Small Banks

The Washington Monthly has a good story looking at the successes of community banks, which are in pretty good shape... More

BusinessWeek Exposes the New Subprime

I’ve got to applaud BusinessWeek for its aggressive investigation of dirty subprime lenders getting back into the mortgage game with... More

Slate on Predatory Lending

Slate has a nice, if a bit too easy, piece focusing on the predatory lending that played a huge role... More

Heds Up, Heds Down

Headline of the Day, from the Journal editorial page: "Why Don't We Hang Pirates Anymore?" Worst Headline of the Day,... More

It’s Turkey Time. Gobble Gobble

I like this Allan Sloan column in the Washington Post looking back at the worst "turkeys" of the year. Topping... More

Sorkin Channels Wall Street

Andrew Ross Sorkin in today’s New York Times lets Wall Street CEOs (of all people) snipe anonymously at Tim Geithner,... More

The Times Is Also Right on Rubin

Speaking of Robert Rubin, The New York Times yesterday had a great story on Citigroup and its atrocious risk-management policies.... More

Right on Rubin

Steven Pearlstein in the Washington Post points out that it's inexplicable that Robert Rubin hasn't had his reputation much more... More

WSJ Looks at the Morgan Stanley Panic

The Journal’s big story of the day pieces together what happened to Morgan Stanley a couple of months ago when... More

The Times on the Fall of Luxury

The Times has a serviceable story on the problems in the luxury part of the economy, but I just want... More

A Billion Here, a Trillion There

President-Elect Obama is proposing an enormous stimulus package to save us all from Great Depression II, but just how much... More

WSJ on the Liver Merchants

The Wall Street Journal has yet another good story in its series on nonprofit hospitals acting like for-profit companies. This... More

Audit Interview: John Ryan

“There was an even bigger story here about how money and influence shape policy”

Many in the press believe they did a great job covering predatory mortgage lenders and their Wall Street partners in... 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

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

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

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


A First Look update (First Look Media)

“[R]ather than immediately launching a large collection of digital ‘magazines’ based on strong, expert journalists with their own followings, as we imagined earlier, we’ll begin by building out the two we’ve started and then explore adding new ones as we learn”

The White House deploys minders to interviews all the time (WaPo)

“Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between reporters and the proverbial ‘senior administration officials’ is conducted in the presence of a press staffer”

The down-and-dirty history of TMZ (BuzzFeed)

“TMZ’s real engine — what defines its mission, what legitimizes it and sets it apart — is a unique and controversial mix of scandal mongering and investigative journalism”

The 10 worst New Yorker longreads (Gawker)

“[A]pparently [Adam] Gopnik did not know you could bake fancy breads from France and other cultures. So he got his mom to teach him how to bake them. A fine anecdote, maybe, to tell a friend or a therapist. But in this case he wrote about it for the New Yorker, a magazine.”

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