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Debits & Credits: the FT Investigates

Welcome to the fight, FT; Awol on Ranieri; counter-intuition discharge, etc.

A Credit to the Financial Times for a rare investigative piece, a well-executed probe into a bungled debt rating by... More

Opening Bell: Bear Stearns Saga, In Three Acts

Journal says firm could have saved itself; housing bargains; car trouble; truckers feel the pain; etc.

The Wall Street Journal kicks off a three-part series on “The Fall of Bear Stearns” with a story, accompanied by... More

Opening Bell: Don’t Like Your Credit Rating?

Moody’s, S&P will fix it; Amtrak’s moment; “short squeeze” in oil market; domestic drillers want more; etc.

The Wall Street Journal on its Money & Investing cover looks at another shady practice of the credit-ratings firms—switching out... More

Opening Bell: Happy Summer Driving!

Oil inventories down, prices up; air travel to get much worse; time to pull Pfizer’s antismoking drug?; etc.

The price of oil continues to rise like an uncapped gusher, soaring 3.3 percent to more than $133 a barrel... More

Opening Bell: Thomson Atop Journal

On its way to being just another newspaper; military thinks green; small cities, no flights; etc.

In a move that should surprise absolutely no one, Rupert Murdoch installed his pal Robert Thomson as the top editor... More

Opening Bell: Is Housing Bill Tough Enough?

May not ‘put a floor’ under the market; stimulus checks have little impact; former AOL execs indicted; etc.

The Senate finally nailed down a deal on a housing bill, something The Wall Street Journal deems worthy of page... More

Opening Bell: Banks’ Creative Accounting

It’s all legal, and yet…; trouble in dairy land; Microsoft and Yahoo, round II; Chinese workers stay home; etc.

Bloomberg says banks are “hiding” more than $35 billion in losses in (not so) plain sight. The wire service in... More

Opening Bell: Bad Numbers On Blackstone

Papers swallow company spin on losses; Dick Armey and Steve Forbes are angry renters; etc.

(The headline for this post was corrected at 1:55 p.m.) Blackstone Group had a bad first quarter. Just how bad?... More

Opening Bell: Down The Rabbit Hole…

with Freddie and Fannie; bad week for Countrywide; what’s the truth about inflation?; etc.

Freddie Mac, the government-sponsored enterprise that along with Fannie Mae underpins the entire housing market, reported a smaller-than-expected $151 million... More

Opening Bell: Did We Dodge A Recession?

Conventional Wisdom now says yes, maybe; tax the rich, teach the vets; UBS official indicted; etc.

Well, that was fast. The Wall Street Journal on page one says economists are hedging their bets on a recession,... More

Opening Bell: Clear Channel Deal On

Lawsuit avoided, pain is shared; cigarette regulation, Bush style; small-biz loan crunch; etc.

Leveraged buyouts are back in the news this morning. The papers write that the Clear Channel Communications deal, which collapsed... More

Opening Bell: Payday Loan Scams

Not just for the poor anymore; the Dolans and Newsday; will Dems pay for helping home owners?; etc.

The Chicago Tribune this morning reports on an insidious new phenomenon: online payday loans. One woman, Rochelle Parker, landed an... More

Opening Bell: Et tu, A.I.G.?

Plus, NYT strong work on NYT housing and a powerful senator; Toyota’s skids; the container shortage. etc.

Insurance giant American International Group posted a record $7.8 billion loss in the first quarter as it wrote down more... More

Opening Bell

SEC’s new rules; fluffing the mortgage numbers; Moody’s man out; etc.

Stocks fell the most in four weeks, with the Dow dropping 206 points (1.6 percent) and financial shares tumbling 3.7... More

Opening Bell: Oil Prices Keep Rising…

But no one’s talking about using less; Myanmar’s rice harvest hit; greenback bulks up; etc.

The price of oil continued its record rise, and the papers all give major play to stories on how much... More

Opening Bell: Countrywide Deal Hits Snag

Analyst urges B of A to bail; Sprint wants to unload Nextel; Fannie and Freddie need help; etc.

Investors bailed out of Countrywide Financial yesterday, sending its shares down 10 percent after an analyst said Bank of America... More

Opening Bell: Yahoo To ‘Burn The Furniture’

If Microsoft went hostile; Buffett: we avoided worst of financial crisis; U.S. like S. Korea, 1997?

The business press goes wide with Microsoft backing away from its unsolicited bid for Yahoo, ending for the moment a... More

Opening Bell: The Fed Flashes Its Fangs

Cracks down on credit-card industry; is SUV era over?; ExxonMobil has another record quarter; etc.

The Washington Post on A1 says the Federal Reserve and other bank regulators will unleash “one of the most aggressive... More

Opening Bell: Economy Expands, But…

just barely and it won’t last; another Fed rate cut; Rent-A-Center squeezes food banks; etc.

The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and Financial Times all go big with news that the economy expanded—barely—in the... More

Opening Bell: Home Prices Plummet

No end in sight; FBI is after Countrywide; factory farms are bad; Citigroup panhandles; etc.

In today’s house-o-rama, home prices fell faster last month than at any time in a key index’s two decades, dropping... More

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks

Des Moines Register prepares for a ‘very stressful’ newsroom restructuring - Editor Amalie Nash speaks on turnover, transformation, and a virtual reality adventure

PBS pulls ads from Harper’s Magazine after critical essay - Piece argues public broadcaster has fallen under the sway of political influence and outside money

Should all journalists be on Twitter? - Reasons to take up or forgo the 140-character platform

The Tennessean is borrowing reporters from other Gannett papers - Music columnist Peter Cooper is latest journalist to part ways with Nashville paper


How one reporter copes inside the ‘Ebola bubble’ (BuzzFeed)

“Bring gloves to give nurses you meet at clinics, even if you’re there for a story. Get small change to give to the kids who have been out of school for months and are selling ground nuts for pitiful sums on the side of road. Hell, give them candy. Violate all the principles of ostensibly good aid stewardship, because the good stewardship of the developed world didn’t get help here in time, and now everyone is dying around you.”

Fake news sites using Facebook to spread Ebola panic (The Verge)

“These sites claim to be satirical but lack even incompetent attempts at anything resembling humor”

How Ben Bradlee dealt with flacks (Washington Post)

“I would like to be sure that you understand that we trust our editors’ news judgement and that we distrust yours”

Ben Bradlee, 93 (WaPo)

“From the moment he took over The Post newsroom in 1965, Mr. Bradlee sought to create an important newspaper that would go far beyond the traditional model of a metropolitan daily”

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