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Sulzbergers Face the Dividend Music

The New York Times Company finally faced up to reality yesterday and slashed its dividend. It’s something it should have... More

Look Out Below!

The brief recovery in the credit markets caused by the government bailout is officially history. The Journal continues its good... More

Somebody’s Wrong on Citi

The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times both have scoops this morning on what Citi is planning to... More

A Roundup of the Wreckage

With yet another stock-market plunge yesterday, the papers all have their follow stories about the bleakness. Barry Ritholtz over at... More

WSJ: A Novel Tack by Mortgage Firms

The Wall Street Journal has an interesting report on mortgage firms slashing troubled borrowers’ principal, rather than foreclosing on them.... More

The Big Three’s PR Disaster

Dana Milbank of the Washington Post twists the knife into the carmaker CEOs, who were busted in Congress yesterday for... More

Cash for Trash

The Wall Street Journal has an excellent story about which corporate executives made the biggest killings over the last five... More

Steering Away from the Pack

With everybody thinking and writing about the car industry these days, it’s hard to stand out from the pack. But... More

FT Calls Out the Administration on its “Corner”

The Financial Times is appropriately skeptical of Treasury Secretary Paulson and Fed Chairman Bernanke and their assertions that "we have... More

How Much “Change”?

Bloomberg has a nice report on what an Obama administration’s financial and economic policy will look like, noting that Robert... More

Bad News in Commercial Real Estate

The Journal and Bloomberg report today that two big commercial real estate loans are about to default and yesterday the... More

The Post’s Paulson Puff, Part Two

The Washington Post graces us this morning with part two of its Henry Paulson hero-worship series. I was skeptical yesterday... More

WSJ’s Bank Mod Story Incomplete

The Wall Street Journal reports that even banks that have modified home loans to help struggling borrowers are getting slammed... More

FT on the Other Paulson

The Financial Times has an interesting piece of news: John Paulson, who’s made many billions of dollars betting against housing... More

LAT on the Flipside of the Housing Bust

We too often forget that the housing bust is good for a lot of people, namely those who can now... More

Promise and Peril at Tesla

The Washington Post has an interesting look at Tesla Motors, the startup electric-car company that’s run into trouble recently. It’s... More

The Post’s Paulson Puff

The Washington Post goes long with yet another Henry Paulson profile. There’s not much new here—add it to the list... More

Subprime Didn’t Have To Be a Dirty Word

Daniel Gross blows a gaping hole in the argument that borrowers are to blame for the housing bust and subsequent... More

WSJ on Rising Health Costs for Small Biz

The Journal is good today in writing on how higher health-care costs, exacerbated by the financial crisis, are hitting small... More

Spitzer Reappears

Eliot Spitzer came out of hiding yesterday to suggest some remedies for Wall Street. Good for the Washington Post for... 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


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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