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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

WSJ Misses a Big Part of Goldman Story

The Journal puts the Goldman bonus news—its top seven executives aren’t taking one—on page one. The decision at Goldman doesn't... More

The Times on Phil Gramm’s Folly

The New York Times takes an in-depth look at the discredited former senator, current UBS banker/lobbyist, and deregulator extraordinaire Phil... More

Shifting Insurer Risk to Policyholders

The Journal reports that state regulators are considering lowering the reserve requirements for life-insurance companies to ease the financial pressures... More

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks

Des Moines Register prepares for a ‘very stressful’ newsroom restructuring - Editor Amalie Nash speaks on turnover, transformation, and a virtual reality adventure

PBS pulls ads from Harper’s Magazine after critical essay - Piece argues public broadcaster has fallen under the sway of political influence and outside money

Should all journalists be on Twitter? - Reasons to take up or forgo the 140-character platform

The Tennessean is borrowing reporters from other Gannett papers - Music columnist Peter Cooper is latest journalist to part ways with Nashville paper


How one reporter copes inside the ‘Ebola bubble’ (BuzzFeed)

“Bring gloves to give nurses you meet at clinics, even if you’re there for a story. Get small change to give to the kids who have been out of school for months and are selling ground nuts for pitiful sums on the side of road. Hell, give them candy. Violate all the principles of ostensibly good aid stewardship, because the good stewardship of the developed world didn’t get help here in time, and now everyone is dying around you.”

Fake news sites using Facebook to spread Ebola panic (The Verge)

“These sites claim to be satirical but lack even incompetent attempts at anything resembling humor”

How Ben Bradlee dealt with flacks (Washington Post)

“I would like to be sure that you understand that we trust our editors’ news judgement and that we distrust yours”

Ben Bradlee, 93 (WaPo)

“From the moment he took over The Post newsroom in 1965, Mr. Bradlee sought to create an important newspaper that would go far beyond the traditional model of a metropolitan daily”

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