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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

Rupert: Get Me That Bush House Story!

In the annals of stories The Wall Street Journal would not have done, much less placed on A3, pre-Rupert Murdoch,... More

Questions for the WSJ on B of A

The Journal has some amusing tidbits in its story on the Bank of America shareholder vote scheduled for today on... More

Buck-Breaking and Lawsuit-Shaking

The Times has a worthy story this morning looking at a bizarre move by the Reserve Primary Fund to protect... More

Deflation? Try Some Legal Price Fixing

The Journal has an interesting story on retailers hiring "police" to ferret out discounters selling their products below the "minimum... More

Citi Dump

Bloomberg's Jonathan Weil has a great column today on Citigroup not coming clean on its buckled balance sheet. Let's say... More

NYT’s Saturn Story Missing a Few Rings

The Times has an interesting idea for a story on Saturn and what might have been for General Motors, but... More

The Wall Street Journal and Xinhua

The Journal, which I said yesterday was writing as if it was now inside Hank Paulson's head, at least attributes... More

WSJ Watchdogs Sketchy Conseco Insurance Move

The Journal has a nice story today shining a light on the Conseco insurance company offloading some unprofitable long-term-care policies... More

Analyze This!

Bloomberg posts a short news story on some UBS analyst trying to make a name for himself by coming up... More

WSJ Now Inside Paulson’s Brain

The Journal has seemingly been channeling Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson for months now. Today's story is so confident you know... More

Big Three CEOs Hit the Road

The Times writes that the Big Three CEO's have learned their lesson from the private-jet debacle of two weeks ago.... More

Weird Goldman Sourcing at the Journal

A Journal scoop this morning—or at least its sourcing—may have confused some readers. The paper reported that Goldman Sachs's loss... More

Preemptive Bubble Bursting

The Journal's Bob Hagerty, who did lots of great work warning of problems in housing before the bubble burst, is... More

AP Is Excellent on Bush Mortgage Negligence

The Associated Press put out a story yesterday reporting that the Bush Administration ignored in-house warnings of an impending mortgage... More

The Great Recession of 2008

Bloomberg, via a source, makes its bid for what to call the crisis. The Great Recession has a nice ring... More

GM USA?

The LAT's Pulitzer-winning car critic Dan Neil makes an interesting case for the government nationalizing the auto industry, especially General... More

News You Can Actually Use But Hopefully Won’t Have To

Here's a timely personal-finance story with information I actually haven't read a million times. The LA Times's Kathy M. Kristof... More

The Banks and the Big Three

The Journal's excellent Heard on the Street writer David Reilly hits at the banks today, pointing out that they need... More

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

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


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”

Lessons from factchecking, and the limits of journalism (Feministing)

“Fact-checking taught me a lot, and here’s one thing I learned: One of the main purposes of fact-checking is to correct journalism’s bias toward a ‘good story’ above all else”

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