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Audit Interview: Jonathan Weil

“You have to be willing to lose stories that depend on access.”

If you’ve missed Bloomberg columnist Jonathan Weil’s work over the past year, you’ve missed a lot. Early to sniff out... More

Globalization Gone Awry

Steven Pearlstein makes some good points in his Washington Post column today on how and why American-style capitalism has broken... More

WSJ’s Page One Commodities

The Journal’s front-page business stories are run-of-the-mill this morning, far from the glory days of yore. One reports that banks... More

AIG’s Accountability Affront

Floyd Norris is right to say the bailouts are seriously lacking on the accountability front. Here he gives AIG a... More

WSJ’s Citi Fallout

The Journal’s scoop yesterday that Citigroup’s board is considering firing its chairman made waves yesterday. The Times and the FT... More

This Is the End

Michael Lewis has a great story in Portfolio looking at the demise of Wall Street. He tells the story of... More

WaPo: Waiting for a Watchdog

The Washington Post reports that the oversight panel for the $700 billion bailout hasn’t been, um, impaneled. In fact: …no... More

The Journal Gets Inside Citi’s Boardroom

The WSJ scoops this morning that Citigroup's board is considering firing its chairman, Sir Win Bischoff. Some directors have grown... More

Stewart on Fixing the Economy

James B. Stewart, always worth reading, has some good thoughts in his Journal column on what Obama needs to do... More

FT’s New Site Is Big. Really Big.

The Financial Times has redesigned its Web site, and on first impression, it’s just awful. Why are its Web readers,... More

Shop Till Your Bubble Pops

This Times story on customers returning more merchandise to retailers (because of the bad economy) reads more like a story... More

Bloomberg Beats the Drums

Bloomberg continues to push the government to disclose who it’s handing $2 trillion. Today it writes that five Republican congressmen,... More

WSJ: New York Investigates Swaps

The Journal has an interesting story on an investigation into the credit-default swaps market. New York Attorney General Andrew (Spitzer’s... More

Paulson Pile-on

Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson’s credibility continues to dwindle—not a good thing, considering the markets and the economy need to believe... More

WSJ: Banks Hit a “Home Run” with AIG Bailout

The WSJ is good here in looking at how the newly expanded AIG bailout is basically a backdoor bailout to... More

Consumer Crash

David Leonhardt has some interesting numbers in his column in the Times today and makes the case that the talked-about... More

Yes, It’s This Bad

Barry Ritholtz over at his newly redesigned (like ours, hope you noticed) site, does a good deed posting the information... More

Rockin’ in the Fee World

Here’s a good, newsy personal-finance story. The Journal reports that banks are turning the screws on their customers, pushing those... More

Glass of Milk with Your “Bailout Pie”?

The New York Times takes a good look at the feeding frenzy of Washington lobbyists trying to get a piece... More

Audit Roundup: Underwater in California

NYT on a town where 90 percent have negative equity; Journal is good on retail jobs evaporating; etc.

The New York Times finds a place where 90 percent of the mortgages are underwater, the most in the country.... 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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