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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

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Audit Notes: marginal taxes, a redesign for core readers, Murdoch

An NYT’s anecdote’s confusion goes uncorrected

The New York Times flubs some reporting on how investors and well off people are bracing for higher tax rates:... More

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Audit Notes: hustled, Brauchli fallout, NYT’s Walmart impact

ProPublica connects the dots on a former Countrywide executive named in a DOJ lawsuit

ProPublica's Paul Kiel reports (with an assist from TheStreet) that the JPMorgan Chase executive in charge of its program to... More

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Audit Notes: Papacare, Post problem, trade reporting

Forbes finds Papa John’s Obamacare math doesn’t add up

Papa John's CEO John Schnatter has been carping for some time that Obamacare will add 10 to 14 cents to... More

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Marcus Brauchli’s impossible task

The Post’s ultimate problem is the business side, not the newsroom

I can't think of any editor whose last few years ran headlong into the financial collapse of the newspaper industry... More

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Apples and oranges on Google and publishers

Print performance is bad enough without putting a thumb on the scale

Slate tells us that "Google ad revenue tops entire US print media industry" in the first six months of the... More

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Audit Notes: WaPo on the Bain thing, deadbeat Forbes, hamster wheel

The Post’s revealing slip-up on the definition of swift-boating

The Washington Post apparently doesn't understand just how toxic Wall Street and its even more rapacious cousin, private equity—not popular... More

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Audit Notes: Whinin’ Dimon, Elizabeth Warren, WSJ on Petraeus

JPMorgan CEO takes to CNBC for consolation

I got a chuckle from Mark Gongloff's Huffington Post piece on Jamie Dimon taking his anti-administration whining to the friendly... More

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Context-free market reporting on a post-election dive

First-term bull market goes unmentioned after a November 7 stock dip

The stock market dive the day after President Obama was re-elected, dropping 320 points, or 2.4 percent. The Drudge Report,... More

Why one editor won’t run any more op-eds by the Heritage Foundation’s top economist - A reply to Paul Krugman on state taxes and job growth made some incorrect claims

This is how Tehran Bureau covers Iran - Its reporting model, using undercover journalists and distant editors, is one way to cover closed societies

Alessandra Stanley’s troubling history of error - Scrutiny alone isn’t enough to solve the problem

Why Bill Simmons might leave ESPN - Other outlets would jump at the chance to gain his following

Simon & Schuster should come clean about discredited Monroe/DiMaggio book - C. David Heymann’s Joe and Marilyn is full of highly dubious information—just like many of his previous books


The Recollectors

Remembering parents lost to AIDS

Swedish scientists sneak Dylan quotes into articles (The Guardian)

Whoever nets the most before retirement wins a free lunch

Mag for dog haters is a hit in Germany (WSJ)

Poop and Pooches. That is all

A data viz reading list (Susan McGregor)

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