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NYT’s Incomplete Bhopal Story

The paper raises questions it doesn’t answer

The New York Times has an interesting page-one story today about the legacy of pollution at the Union Carbide plant... More

Rewrite To The Nth Power

Calculated Risk makes a good catch on a MarketWatch rewrite of a rewrite of a German newspaper story reporting that... More

Opening Bell: GM In Reverse

WSJ says more layoffs for automaker; Bloomberg doubts stock touts; Oil to $200?; etc.

General Motors is considering another round of layoffs of its white-collar workers, The Wall Street Journal reports on A1. The... More

Missing The Story On IndyMac

Ex-WSJ reporter on the mortgage lender’s bad deeds

The Center for Responsible Lending, a borrowers’ advocate group, has an eye-opening report on IndyMac, the troubled California mortgage lender.... More

Skewering The “Green Issue”

The Onion gets it, at least

The Onion works its customary magic in its newsstand edition this week with a special edition “All-Paper Salute to the... More

Burning the Mortgage?

Bloomberg says torchings of foreclosures are rising, with little evidence

We’d like to smoke out a Bloomberg story saying home arson is “surging” as a result of the wave of... More

Opening Bell: Let ‘Em Fail

Paulson says bad banks should go; fugitive hedgie surrenders; LAT cuts; etc.

Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson called for better regulatory tools to help prevent the failures of individual financial firms from threatening... More

The V-Word and Dick Grasso

Was Dick Grasso’s win in court yesterday a personal “vindication” for him? That’s what The Wall Street Journal says in... More

Talkin’ About Credit-Default Swaps

Why being bearish on them means you’re likely bullish in general

Now of course, we know all about credit-default swaps. And we know that you know all about credit-default swaps. I... More

The Press Drives Out to the Country

USA Today adds to Times on gas hit to rural U.S.

The press has written quite a bit about how the price of gasoline is making the exurban lifestyle cost prohibitive... More

Costco vs. Wal-Mart

Slate asks why their labor practices are so different

Over at Slate, Liza Featherstone asks a good question: Why doesn’t Wal-Mart pay its employees as well as Costco does?... More

Opening Bell: Moodier and Moodier

Ratings firm pushes out exec; Grasso keeps riches; bust makes Starbucks contract for once; etc.

Moody’s got rid of an executive after finding “inappropriate” and “deeply disappointing” conduct in his staff’s ratings of financial derivatives.... More

Blackstone vs. the Bean Counters

CEO likes fair-value when prices go up but not when they go down

Andrew Ross Sorkin of The New York Times scores an interview with Blackstone Group chief Stephen Schwarzman, who’s running around... More

A Bear Raid?

Vanity Fair talks to lots of Bear Stearns execs who think—surprise!—outsiders did them in

Was Bear Stearns murdered? Vanity Fair asks that provocative question in a riveting but overdone piece on the demise of... More

Opening Bell: Swiss Mess

U.S. seeks UBS client list; casino bubble bursting, too?; IndyMac in peril; etc.

The U.S. is trying to upend the secrecy of the Swiss banks. The Justice Department asked a federal court to... More

Water Boggle

The Washington Post goes above the fold on page one with about as good a slap-down of the bottled-water industry... More

Housing Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet

So says BusinessWeek in its cover story

BusinessWeek takes a look in its good cover story at why the housing crisis is just going to get worse:... More

Unloading Bad Securities

UBS may also soon stand for Undone By Scandals

Gretchen Morgenson in the Sunday Times shed some more light on the UBS auction-ratings securities soon-to-be-scandal (That would make at... More

Opening Bell: A Ground Zero Black Hole

WTC delayed yet again; Hoarding hurts food prices; Is this bear ‘94 or ‘74? etc.

Editor’s note: Welcome to the new, right-sized Opening Bell. Since February, our young-yet-wizened Ryan Chittum has toiled in the wee... More

Opening Bell: Bear Country

Dow downers; Fed scrambles; one more Countrywide postmortem, etc.

Stock markets plunged on Thursday on worries about the health of the financial system and the economy as a whole.... 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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