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Opening Bell: “Pretty Crazy”

Dwarf-toss news leavens otherwise depressing day; monolines, economy not good; oil is nutty

The price of oil hit a new high yesterday and President Bush lashed out at OPEC for deciding not to... More

Opening Bell: Bernanke v. Paulson?

A Fed-Treasury split; Wamu pay outrage; a growing bankrupt class; pitiful Fed testimony, etc.

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke came down firmly on the side of government action on Tuesday, urging banks to forgive... More

Opening Bell

Oil shocks again; Buffett glum on CNBC; spreading panic; our daily quote, etc.

The price of oil briefly hit a new all-time high yesterday in a landmark event that finally pushed petroleum past... More

Opening Bell

LAT on Nafta; Portfolio’s Eisinger on muni insurance; Euro-planes for the USAF; price of sawdust, etc.

The New York Times leads its front page with a report that cities and states are beginning to squawk at... More

Opening Bell

In CJR’s a.m. business-press roundup: More Street spooks; Jingle mail; WSJ’s dollar delay; Bush to recession: Drop dead; and more.

Lots of scary news yesterday, including the implosion of a major UK hedge fund from Peloton Partners. In a sign... More

Opening Bell

In CJR’s a.m. business-press roundup: Paulson pushes back, WSJ reports; a stunner from Bahrain; Bernanke: Damn the torpedoes, etc.

The New York Times and the Financial Times lead with the dollar tumbling to record lows on Fed chief Bernanke’s... More

Opening Bell

In CJR’s a.m. guide to the business press: Grim tidings on housing; WP says a veto threatened on bailouts; 50 bank failures? etc. etc.

After something of a reprieve from bad news on Tuesday, the business pages all lead with negative economic reports. In... More

The Opening Bell

Pause in the panic; the Times on useless insurance; more bad news for a fallen titan, etc.

Stocks rallied after the Standard & Poor’s ratings agency decided not to downgrade monoline bond insurers MBIA and Ambac Financial,... More

Opening Bell

Oil shocks; Wachovia bites its own leg off; ChiTrib on Countrywide’s skeletons, etc.

The New York Times leads its front page with an interesting report that inflation is causing (um, more) turmoil in... More

Opening Bell

One in ten homes underwater: NYT; Microsoft; perils of dried fruit; more gloom, doom

The Wall Street Journal reports on its Money & Investing cover that derivatives are predicting a collapse in the commercial... More

The Opening Bell

Stagflation; a run on anti-panic insurance; “that Armageddon feel,” etc.

Stagflation fears lead the front pages of the business press today after the Federal Reserve sharply cut its growth estimates... More

The Opening Bell

There will be triple-digit oil; NYT scores with MBIA; Suisse aftershocks, etc.

Crude oil closed above $100 a barrel on Tuesday for the first time, a nominal record only about $3 away... More

The Opening Bell

A Swiss credit bombshell; shaky Rock in the UK; Bay Area housing, etc.

There’s breaking news this morning out of Europe: big subprime write-downs at Credit Suisse, which, unlike its Swiss competitor—and let’s... More

Opening Bell

Spitzer turns the tables; WSJ scoops; renting in Dallas; FT on shaky LBOs, etc.

The Wall Street Journal and The Financial Times report this morning that New York Governor Eliot Spitzer is stoking the... More

The Opening Bell

The Audit’s new daily column chimes in on new credit problems, Zell’s latest moves, bad Chinese drugs, etc.

Editor's note: Welcome to the formal launch of Opening Bell, a critical review of the morning's business news written by... More

The Opening Bell

The Audit’s new daily column chimes in on monolines, cars, Paulson, etc.

Editor's note: Welcome to the first Opening Bell, a daily look at the morning's business press written by Ryan Chittum,... More

Free Tunes! Not

Business press stampedes into Qtrax blunder

A penny-stock company called Brilliant Technologies Corporation made several business-news desks look silly recently when they credulously reported an announcement... More

Or What?

Business reporters need to finish the thought on bailouts

The financial press’ coverage of the “bailouts” on Wall Street by foreign and other investors has left out a critical... More

Can’t Get Any Worse?

Newspaper companies’ wildly inflated balance sheets

Newspapers are quick to tell us bad news about the war, the economy, and the local politician. Newspaper companies aren’t... More

Job Well Done

WSJ shines light on Wall Street ‘hairball’

Even the most diligent readers of the business press can be forgiven for not understanding what a collateralized debt obligation... More

The ethics of The Guardian’s Whisper bombshell - It would have been a journalistic lapse not to have told readers

Gawker: The internet bully - Nick Denton’s media empire is an intellectual online fraternity that invites people to their parties only to make them buy the booze

The Washington Post short-sells a reporter’s integrity - Steven Pearlstein smears TheStreet’s Adam Feuerstein for criticizing a biotech firm

Former Sun-Times staffers react to top reporter’s resignation - “Whereas we don’t have all the answers, we have way too many questions about what happened here”

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


John Oliver video sweepstakes (The Awl)

“We may update this list next week to reflect Facebook shares gathered by The Awl as the result of this post, which is ultimately an elaborate excuse to embed a John Oliver video on our website”

Which news org is the most trusted? (Pew)

The answer is complicated

‘My Captivity’ (NYT Mag)

An American journalist on his two-year kidnapping in Syria

FBI faked an AP story, in Seattle Times style, to catch a suspect (Seattle Times)

“‘We are outraged that the FBI, with the apparent assistance of the US Attorney’s Office, misappropriated the name of The Seattle Times to secretly install spyware on the computer of a crime suspect,’ said Seattle Times Editor Kathy Best”

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