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Bhopal Revisited

The liability issue is complicated, but the Times still should have done more.

Last month, we criticized The New York Times for leaving a big hole in a page-one story on the aftermath... More

Opening Bell: States ‘Slammed’

As tax revenue shrivels; consumer spending drops; reading the recent oil-price slide; etc.

The Wall Street Journal leads its front page with a report saying that states are getting “slammed” with budget problems... More

Shorting Journalism Too

A working member of the business press writes in response to last week’s post on the SEC’s war on short-selling:... More

Portfolio’s Promise

Excellent reporting blows open the Countrywide scandal

Portfolio’s August cover story is a devastating follow to its scoop that broke the “Friends of Angelo” Countrywide VIP loan... More

Opening Bell: Worth Less, Costs More

Mortgage rates and inflation soar; Bizarro bank world; rich make more, pay less taxes; etc.

Mortgage rates jumped to their highest level in nearly five years, as investors continue to worry about the health of... More

Sign Of The Times

Forget the toasters. A bank I passed yesterday in West Seattle is marketing itself as the We Won't Lose Your... More

Opening Bell: Women Leaving Workforce

But not necessarily by choice; Steve Jobs’s health and Apple’s stock price; Yahoo gives Icahn board seats; etc.

The New York Times on page one reports that the number of women in the workforce is declining. The recovery... More

The Blind Leading The Blind

The Washington Post’s new publisher has no new ideas in a Portfolio profile

Portfolio’s long profile of new Washington Post publisher Katharine Weymouth is a pretty good read. It would be hard not... More

Opening Bell: WTF, FDIC?

Regulator turned blind eye to subprime abuses; choosing between food and water; begging for your Starbucks; etc.

The Wall Street Journal goes page one with a story about the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation running a bank that... More

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

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

Bloggingheads

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