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Audit Roundup: Working Class Blues

WaPo good on labor’s travails; Hedge-fund hysteria; etc.

The Washington Post has a solid story this morning on the hardships facing the working class—illustrating them with the story... More

Audit Roundup: Don’t Forget Housing

NYT, WSJ on the rotting root of the crisis; Papers look at troubled hedge funds; etc.

The Times says the housing rout is far from over, with prices likely to decline for another year. The current... More

A Depressing Look Back

Wapo undresses Rubin, Greenspan, Gramm, Levitt, etc.

The Washington Post has some enlightening historical reporting today on a series of Clinton Administration battles that left the market... More

Audit Roundup: WSJ on “Tough Guy” Paulson

A little over-dramatic; NYT says watch your shrinking paycheck; etc.

The Times and the Journal post their behind-the-scenes stories of the meeting where the government told the nation’s top bankers... More

Audit Roundup: WSJ Digs into Hospitals

Paper continues to be great on the issue; Journal’s other smart angles today; etc.

The Journal has some smart stories today, including the continuation of its excellent reporting on nonprofit hospitals acting like for-profit... More

Change Resistant

The New Yorker on the ground with the white working class

Journalism at this late stage of a presidential race usually doesn’t provide much more insight into the human condition than... More

Audit Roundup: Obama and the Crash

CNBC’s Gasparino says Barack’s to blame; WaPo’s Samuelson says it’s “deleveraging”; etc.

CNBC’s Charlie Gasparino tosses off a boneheaded column today in the NY Post suggesting the market is cratering because it... More

Audit Roundup: Back to the Boats

WSJ great on Iceland’s brief banks bonanza; Dismal scientists indeed; etc.

The Journal has a fantastic story on page one about the devastating impact of the crisis on Iceland. After privatizing... More

My Foreclosure

Most journalists don’t know what it’s like to lose a home. I do.

As a business-media critic, I sometimes get caught up in the crush of events and forget that at the heart... More

Audit Roundup: Times Have Changed for Greenspan

NYT on his derivatives legacy; more U.S. bailouts; etc.

The Times absolutely unloads on Alan Greenspan (whom the business press lionized for decades) in a huge page-one piece, blaming... More

Audit Roundup: Doubting the Candidates

Pearlstein says neither inspires much crisis confidence; Lightning strikes twice with S&L, subprime; etc.

Steven Pearlstein of the Washington Post is good this morning (on a very tight deadline) on the unimpressiveness of both... More

Audit Roundup: The Fannie/Freddie Smokescreen

Ritholtz continues his good work; 60 Minutes solid on swaps; etc.

Barry Ritholtz at The Big Picture continues to smack down the Wall Street apologists trying to shift blame to Fannie... More

Audit Roundup: Mallaby’s Fallacy

Regulation not needed to prevent snake-oil sales; NYT on Fan and Fred’s role in the subprime mess; etc.

Sebastian Mallaby of the Washington Post says all this talk about the crisis being caused by deregulated markets failing is... More

Audit Roundup: Times digs into SEC

Where was this story years ago? Plus more regulatory mishaps in the WSJ

The Times digs into the SEC’s role in enabling the crisis, looking at a crucial regulatory loosening in 2004 that... More

Audit Roundup: A Day (and a Half) in the Life

Riveting NYT story on 36 hours of panic; Press explains in its own way why something must be done

The Times puts its big guns on a long page-one piece on the 36 hours when the crisis began spinning... More

Audit Roundup: $700 Billion in a New Light

Enough to buy top 23 banks; Depression talk, etc.

Jonathan Weil of Bloomberg has an eye-opening column about the need to inject capital into the system, rather than just... More

Audit Roundup: Conveying the Magnitude

Times bests Journal on A1; Get ready for very high unemployment, etc.

These are incredible, historic times, and the Times’ writing rises to the occasion much more than the Journal’s, at least... More

Canadian Club

National Post doesn’t disclose its subject is also an owner

When facing a potential conflict of interest, in journalism, as in finance, it’s good to err on the side of... More

Audit Roundup: Goldman Everywhere

Including Paulson pow-wow on AIG; Was letting Lehman go a no-no? etc.

The New York Times’ Gretchen Morgenson wrote a great piece yesterday on how a tiny unit of AIG led to... More

Audit Roundup: NYT on WaMu’s Bank Run

Board didn’t even know; banks worse off than the S&L crisis? etc.

The extraordinary times continue. Nobody’s really framing it this way, but a 1930’s-style run on the bank just felled the... 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 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.”

Insufferable parenthetical asides, ranked (The Hairpin)

18. (strictly for the mise-en-scene)

You are now entering the demented kingdom of William T. Vollmann (TNR)

“Franzen tells a hilarious story of being a young writer in New York, meeting Vollmann, becoming fast friends, and inaugurating a draft swap. A while later, they exchanged work. Franzen gave Vollmann a dozen chiseled pages. Vollmann gave Franzen an entire novel.”

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