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5 Crisis Questions for the Press

Including what happens if we say “no”?

1. What happens if nothing happens? If the government doesn’t bail out Wall Street and the banks, will we all... More

UAL and Bloomberg, Revisited

The power of “The Bloomberg,” and lessons for a nervous market

The litany of media screw-ups in the UAL affair—that financial news blip before the current deluge—was well documented. Except, that... More

Note to CNBC: Breathe

Burnett suggests shorts are unpatriotic; Cramer says it may be terrorism

And now we have CNBC's Erin Burnett questioning short sellers' patriotism. This, we overhead this afternoon. Not believing our ears,... More

Audit Roundup: The Sun Breaks One, etc.

Crisis brings more scrutiny for the SEC; getting beyond false balance

The New York Sun ain't dead yet, and reports an ex Securities and Exchange Commission official says a boneheaded SEC... More

Audit Roundup: Credit Markets Grind to a Halt

Forget about AIG. This is the most important story of the day. Banks have essentially stopped lending to each other,... More

Audit Roundup: Wall Street Gives Way

Wall Street’s rot; Where are the accounting cops?

Fortune takes a look at how Wall Street rotted from the inside until it gave way, while the FT’s John... More

Audit Roundup: Playing Chicken

Coverage of credit crisis is good, bad, ugly

Here's a quick guide to what the business press is saying about the deepening crisis on Wall Street: The Journal... More

Mae We Correct the Record?

Fannie had a social mission first and a private one second

The Fannie/Freddie Fiasco is bad enough without news outlets letting politicians mangle their history. In reporting the two parties’ positions... More

Tomato, “Toe-mahto,” TIAA-CREF

Readers may never see syndicated columnist Berko’s many corrections

Malcolm Berko is a money man for Middle America. Writing on an old IBM Selectric typewriter, Berko cranks out a... More

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

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014


NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

Lessons from factchecking, and the limits of journalism (Feministing)

“Fact-checking taught me a lot, and here’s one thing I learned: One of the main purposes of fact-checking is to correct journalism’s bias toward a ‘good story’ above all else”

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