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Audit Notes: Gore gorges, 60 Minutes in New Orleans, Wired

The former vice president twists arms and cashes in on Current TV

Read Brian Stelter's excellent coverage in The New York Times of Al Gore's role in building and selling Current TV:... More

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Best of 2012: Ryan Chittum

The Audit’s deputy editor picks his favorite posts of the year

The Washington Post Co.’s Self-Destructive Course — Dividends, share buybacks, and an anti-paywall stance help bleed the paper dry. CNBC:... More

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Must-reads of 2012: business

As 2012 draws to a close, CJR writers brainstormed the year's best reads in their beats. Vast Mexico Bribery Case... More

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The Louisiana newspaper war

The Advocate picks up 23,500 readers in less than three months in New Orleans

The Baton Rouge Advocate is making a run at a weakened Times-Picayune in New Orleans. The paper, which started a... More

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Hearst buckles under advertiser pressure

The Times Union caves after reader-response post dinged real estate agents

It's been a long time since we've seen anything as craven as the Albany Times-Union's capitulation to real estate agents... More

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Audit Notes: Instaflim-flam, off the Hamster Wheel, Hulu

The New York Times raises questions about a CEO’s sworn testimony

The New York Times's Nick Bilton reports that Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom appears to have misled regulators asking about Facebook's... More

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Bloomberg on the impacts of inequality

One longtime McDonald’s worker’s story says a lot about the economy

Bloomberg has an excellent story on low-wage work and inequality, comparing a longtime McDonald's worker to the company's CEO, who... More

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Audit Notes: Amazon’s shell company, The Lens, Plain Dealer cuts

Reuters unwinds how the online retail giant avoided taxes via Luxembourg

Reuters has a nice investigation into Amazon's vigorous tax avoidance, and this time it's not about sales taxes. The wire... More

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Paywall illogic

Steve Buttry distorts our arguments—and the evidence

Followers of the hot ‘n heavy paywall debate—all seven of you—may find it hard to believe, but there’s plenty of... More

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Audit Notes: paying for news edition

NYT cuts would surely have been much worse without its paywall

The New York Times, after a weak third quarter, is cutting 30 senior editors positions. "Senior editor" can mean a... More

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Audit Notes: News Corp./Wall Street Journal edition

Gerard Baker takes the reins of The Wall Street Journal

Robert Thomson will become CEO of the news-focused News Corp. (the other new company will be called Fox Group) after... More

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Anti-paywall dead-enders

Why worry about evidence when you can argue against straw men?

In 1944, Lt. Hiroo Onoda was sent by the Japanese Army to the remote Philippine Island of Lubang with instructions... More

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Audit Notes: pyramid people, Disney and ABC, no USA Today paywall

Roddy Boyd digs into a diet-shake pyramid scheme

The investigative journalist Roddy Boyd has some excellent reporting on a multilevel marketing company (read: pyramid scheme) called ViSalus: ViSalus... More

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Hot air Rises Above on CNBC

An anchor pins a minor dip in stocks on the TV appearance of a minor politician

Rise Above, if you're among the 99.95 percent of the country who don't watch CNBC on a given day, is... More

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Audit Notes: WaPo on Avandia, giving away the store, plutocrats

Report shows how drug research is corrupted by corporate money

The Washington Post's Peter Whoriskey has another outstanding story in his series on the Avandia drug scandal at GlaxoSmithKline and... More

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Audit Notes: FT’s Fairhead is out; BofA CEO stonewalls; Rent a Quote

But Pearson says the paper is not for sale.

FT Group CEO Rona Fairhead got denied the top job at Pearson and so is stepping down as chairman and... More

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Amazon sharecroppers

The Seattle Times on the hometown giant’s uneasy relationship with its merchants

The Seattle Times has another good story on Amazon, this time reporting on the hometown giant's lopsided relationship with its... More

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Audit Notes: not Fortune tellers; Foursquare, two million; Big Ten

The magazine’s picks for future Apple and Microsoft CEOs go awry immediately

Fortune peered into its crystal ball for the October 29 issue and came up with four "best bets" on who's... More

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Audit Notes: the free model, Coulson and Brooks, another DOJ stunt

A musician writes a compelling business argument against Pandora

The free model isn't just a failure for newspapers. It doesn't work in music either, as this terrific Pitchfork piece... More

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Rise Above, CNBC’s move into advocacy

Corporate America’s house organ starts an anti-political political campaign

Any time you see Wall Street CEOs and CNBC campaigning for what they call the common good, it's worth raising... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


The 10 worst New Yorker longreads (Gawker)

“[A]pparently [Adam] Gopnik did not know you could bake fancy breads from France and other cultures. So he got his mom to teach him how to bake them. A fine anecdote, maybe, to tell a friend or a therapist. But in this case he wrote about it for the New Yorker, a magazine.”

Insufferable parenthetical asides, ranked (The Hairpin)

18. (strictly for the mise-en-scene)

You are now entering the demented kingdom of William T. Vollmann (TNR)

“Franzen tells a hilarious story of being a young writer in New York, meeting Vollmann, becoming fast friends, and inaugurating a draft swap. A while later, they exchanged work. Franzen gave Vollmann a dozen chiseled pages. Vollmann gave Franzen an entire novel.”

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