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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

Opening Bell: Fannie and Freddie’s Grim Outlook

Shares nosedive as housing crisis deepens; IndyMac’s disintegration; WaPo’s new boss; etc.

The mortgage crisis continued to deteriorate as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac shares tumbled more than 16 percent on fears... More

Good News (For Once) At The Journal

Two internal promotions are hopeful signs in the News Corporation era

Say what you want about News Corporation’s takeover of The Wall Street Journal, and we have, and the ham-handed ouster/buyout... 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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