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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

Audit Roundup: Bloomberg Fights the Fed

Calling for disclosure of trillion-dollar government loans; The Times on the the new pitch business; etc.

Bloomberg has been excellent in watchdogging the Federal Reserve’s various bailouts, even suing the government last week for the information.... More

Audit Roundup: Shopper Shock

Papers’ language differs a bit; Musty WSJ hedge-fund story; etc.

The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal employ different tones on the terrible retail sales reports yesterday. The... More

Audit Roundup: Newspaper Sales Skyrocket!

For a day on historic election; Consumer credit still under pressure, WSJ says; etc.

The NYT has a nice story this morning on the overwhelming demand yesterday for… wait for it… newspapers! The election... More

Audit Roundup: Obamanomics

Bloomberg on what’s in store; Challenges galore, says the Times; etc.

Bloomberg, better than the Journal, Times, or Post, looks ahead to the economic change likely under an Obama administration. The... More

Audit Roundup: Wall Street Baloney

The FT still buys it; WSJ scoops on more bailouts; etc.

This is one of the most gullible stories I’ve seen in some time. The FT reports that Wall Street says... More

My Foreclosure: Judgment and Empathy

Readers on the story of how I lost my home

When Audit honcho Dean Starkman asked me if I would write a story about losing my family’s home when I... More

Audit Roundup: WaMu’s Boiler Room

NYT’s Morgenson on bank’s shady mortgage biz; Papers dig into AIG; etc.

The NYT’s Gretchen Morgenson talks to a former WaMu mortgage underwriter, who dishes on what sure seems to us like... More

Audit Roundup: Deregulate, Sayeth Bush

At least he’s consistent, WaPo reports; WSJ on Wall Street pay; etc.

The Washington Post is good this morning in reporting that the Bush Administration, which is exiting with the house falling... More

Audit Roundup: Bubble Brains

Press forgets Fed’s easy money sparked the crisis; WaPo good on dividends; etc.

What a short memory the business press has. Amazingly, neither the Journal nor the NYT in their page-one stories on... More

Audit Roundup: Wall Street Assembly Line

Bloomberg digs into securitization; WSJ on Trump’s latest woes; etc.

Bloomberg has a nice, long look at securitization (part of a series on Wall Street’s debt-making). Particularly interesting is what... More

Audit Roundup: Crime and Punishment

WSJ’s Berman asks how likely crisis convictions are; A pall in the mall; etc.

The Journal’s Dennis Berman looks at how difficult it may be to prosecute executives for the financial collapse, despite what... More

Audit Roundup: How Low Can It Go?

NYT asks; Preventing another Depression; Laughs with Laffer; etc.

The Times is good today in looking at how some prognosticators are racing to outdo each other predicting how far... More

Audit Roundup: Greenspan’s Mea Culpa

One-time press hero faces its wrath; Jobs are scarcer than you think; etc.

The press, along with everyone else, has finally turned on Alan Greenspan, and it looks like there’s no going back.... More

Audit Roundup: Hank on the Hot Seat

The Times applies a little heat in an interview; Credit raters also grilled; etc.

The New York Times has an excellent bit of insta-history this morning, scoring an interview with Treasury Secretary Paulson to... More

Audit Roundup: Reeling ‘Em In

NYT good on credit chicanery; Journal looks at housing’s ground zero; etc.

The New York Times has an excellent story on how banks are luring struggling Americans into ever-more debt by assembling... More

Audit Roundup: Derivative Dilemma

Selloffs creating more selloffs, says WSJ; Blaming boomers for the bust; etc.

The Wall Street Journal is good this morning in writing that more trouble is brewing in the derivatives markets. One... More

Audit Roundup: Oil Turmoil

WaPo and WSJ on the fallout from falling crude; Watching the swaps market; etc.

The bust has already sent oil prices tumbling, but here’s a shocking headline from Bloomberg: Options contracts are pointing to... More

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

Why won’t journalists ask Bill Cosby the tough questions? - Sexual assault charges are hardly ever mentioned to the TV star

Knoxville’s alt-weekly wasn’t losing money. It got shut down anyway - Scripps pulls the plug on Metro Pulse in favor of an entertainment supplement for the local daily

Chuck Todd’s Obama book says more about the author than it does about the president - ‘The Stranger’ underscores a broader problem with the way we cover politics

Beware labeling Pope Francis a liberal - Political boxes like liberal/conservative and evolutionist/creationist miss his real significance

The Virginian-Pilot produces a breakthrough investigation amid layoffs - Reporter John Holland discusses how the story came together, newsroom cutbacks, and colleagues who cover for each other


Which media outlets use ‘illegal immigrant’? (Fusion)

“[I]n spite of all the good reasons not to use the phrase, it is still very easy to find in the US press, even in headlines”

Jack Shafer on losing his job (Capital New York)

“Right now, my immediate plan is to go to work as a lay therapist at The Intercept to bring the healing there so John Cook and Matt Taibbi can return. I have great interpersonal skills.”

On outlets that continue to call unknown drone victims ‘militants’ (The Intercept)

“Like the US drone program itself, this deceitful media practice continues unabated”

UNITY’s convention is no more (All Digitocracy)

“The organization’s board of directors decided that UNITY will no longer host the quadrennial conferences for which it had become known”

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