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Cut the Dividends!

Newspaper companies fork over hundreds of millions a year—and for what?

Gannett had one helluva bad quarter, losing a tenth of its revenues from a year ago and more than a... More

Drilling for Angles

WSJ spins a poll on offshore oil exploration the wrong way

Speaking of stretching for a newsy angle, The Wall Street Journal overreached yesterday with a story headlined "In California, Support... More

Opening Bell: Merrill Listing

Bank’s troubles are staggering; Freddie has some stock he’d like to sell you; Wachovia office raided; etc.

No wonder Merrill Lynch is selling its Bloomberg stake. The investment bank lost $4.7 billion in the second quarter on... More

Shopping For Angles

The peril of blaming the economy for everything

USA Today repackages an old story about malls turning to entertainment to draw traffic and turns it into a sign... More

Shorting the Free Market

The invisible hand gets slapped when stocks go down

The Securities and Exchange Commission’s move to damp short selling earlier this week is yet more proof that the market-is-God... More

Opening Bell: The Fed’s Catch-22

Rising inflation makes interest-rate cuts problematic; messing with menthol; Texas dereg nightmare; etc.

Inflation jumped in June to the highest level since 1991, raising more worries about the prospect of stagflation. Meanwhile, real... More

Opening Bell: Short-Sellers Take a Hit

SEC moves against “naked shorts”; Bernanke’s bummed; and with good reason; did Goldman Sachs help bury Bear Stearns?; etc.

The government stepped up its crackdown on what it sees as possible stock-market manipulation, issuing new rules that make it... More

The WSJ’s Sketches of Pain

Even The Wall Street Journal’s famed stipple portraits (known internally as "hedcuts") aren’t immune from the bummer that is the... More

It’s Not Exactly “A Wonderful Life”

But the press should prepare to cover more bank failures

For the better part of a year now, the business press has been getting on-the-job training in covering financial disasters... More

Opening Bell: Banks On the Brink

A vote of no confidence from the public; Paulson the interventionist; what bailout history teaches us; etc.

The financial industry continued to teeter yesterday despite the government’s rescue plan for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. This time... More

Pushy Bottom

Barron’s’ “us first” call on the housing market is weakly supported and almost certainly wrong

You’ve got to hand it to Barron’s. They don’t pussyfoot around when it comes to making contrarian market calls. "Buy... More

Opening Bell: Small Government Anyone?

On mortgage/school loans, private sector helpless; IndyMac collapse a bad omen; Anheuser-Busch capitulates; etc.

The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and Financial Times lead their front pages with the Treasury Department’s “rescue plan”... More

Fannie Mae Need Government Help

How much will that cost taxpayers?

The big financial news this week is the sharply increased doubts about the stability of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac,... More

Opening Bell: Taxpayers, Get Ready…

Fannie & Freddie are coming your way; bad economy is boon for Wal-Mart; more lousy job stats; etc.

The Wall Street Journal and New York Times lead their front pages with worsening news on mortgages giants Fannie Mae... More

Gramm’s Mentality

Top McCain adviser says “What recession?”

John McCain’s top economic adviser Phil Gramm, who’s also a vice chairman of troubled Swiss bank UBS, has some not-so-compassionate... More

Opening Bell: Bailout Bound

Fannie and Freddie sink lower; America for sale; what did you do with YOUR stimulus check?; etc.

The Wall Street Journal leads its front page with news that the government has done contingency planning for the possibility... More

The Grievance Culture At Fox News

NYT’s David Carr shines a light on its PR tricks

Fox News people like to think other journalists don’t like them because of politics but maybe it’s because they act... More

Underwrite, Sayeth The Fed

This paragraph from the WSJ’s Bernanke story today sums up concisely just how bad mortgage lending was during the bubble:... More

Opening Bell: The Return of Regulation

Big Ben wants more authority over the Street; more trouble for Credit Suisse; a run on IndyMac?; etc.

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said he would extend the emergency-loan program created for Wall Street during the Bear Stearns... More

Forbes Lets ‘Er Rip

Hard-hitting piece says pension funds help cover up investment returns

Forbes' cover story this week is a tough indictment of the private-equity real estate business—and the pension funds that supply... 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


How to be a decent entertainment reporter (Eric Danton)

“Here’s how not to suck at it: Don’t write like an entertainment reporter”

A First Look update (First Look Media)

“[R]ather than immediately launching a large collection of digital ‘magazines’ based on strong, expert journalists with their own followings, as we imagined earlier, we’ll begin by building out the two we’ve started and then explore adding new ones as we learn”

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”

Bloggingheads

Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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