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Newsweek and the (relative) health of print mags

Not all is dark for the industry

News that Newsweek is exiting print was hardly surprising coming two years after the Washington Post Company unloaded it for... More

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Audit Notes: What’s Social Security worth?, another CNBC ‘poll,’ Greg Smith

An excellent personal-finance story from the Journal

What would Social Security coverage look like if the press covered it more like personal finance reporters cover IRAs and... More

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Audit Notes: advising Obama, the leverage incentive, Jack Welch

The NYT looks at the insider/outsider roles of Anita Dunn

The New York Times had an excellent story this weekend on Anita Dunn, the Obama adviser who's got one foot... More

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A CEO’s high-flying standards

Bloomberg reports on Abercrombie & Fitch’s Michael Jeffries

We've seen $87,000 rugs and $6,000 shower curtains. But this fascinating Bloomberg story on Abercrombie & Fitch's CEO Michael Jeffries... More

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Audit Notes: Google antitrust, the NYT on entrenched elites

Reuters scoops that the Federal Trade Commission is leaning toward filing antitrust charges against Google for abusing its search monopoly... More

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The NYT unseals a private-equity scoop

Emails between executives look like antitrust smoking guns

A tip of The Audit's green eyeshade to The New York Times for fighting to get this look inside the... More

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A Web survey isn’t a poll, CNBC

The network’s tweet creates a misleading media narrative on the veep debate

Whoever was running the CNBC Twitter feed last night didn't know the difference between a scientific poll and a Web... More

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Audit Notes: fraud without fraudsters edition

Wells Fargo and JPMorgan shareholders, not executives, held accountable

The Wall Street Journal fronts news that the feds are suing Wells Fargo for a decade of mortgage fraud that... More

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Ask Obama This: What about housing?

What went wrong with the administration’s mortgage policies

Over the final month of the campaign, CJR will run a series of posts under the headline “Ask Obama This”... More

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Audit Notes: The FT’s prospects, another victimized billionaire, Bain & Co.

Michael Wolff writes in The Guardian about the Financial Times's prospects now that Pearson CEO Marjorie Scardino, a booster of... More

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Neutron Jack: ‘I quit!’

Welch ends Fortune and Reuters contracts after tough coverage

I've long wondered why business magazines run Jack Welch's columns. BusinessWeek ran it for years but stopped a month after... More

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Audit Notes: BLS BS, another print turnaround forecast, deficits

The LAT and CNBC let Jack Welch frame the jobs numbers

Don't miss Brendan Nyhan's excellent review of coverage of the unemployment-numbers conspiracy theory kicked off by Jack Welch on Friday.... More

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Jack Welch and anti-business sentiment

The former GE CEO, still a business press hero

Former GE CEO Jack Welch made waves last week claiming—with zero evidence—that the Obama administration manipulated the unemployment report that... More

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Bleacher Report and the race to the bottom

SF Weekly rips Turner Broadcasting’s nearly $200 million purchase

Bleacher Report is a sort of Demand Media of sports, a content farm engineered to get search engine visits with... More

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Audit Notes: Romney and taxes, prison phone racket, WSJ

The Atlantic eyes the Republican’s corporate tax plan

Nobody can figure out what exactly Mitt Romney wants to do with taxes. His plan is mathematically impossible, and Wednesday... More

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Audit Notes: Mansion, inequality and the crash, FT on Schneiderman

The business press continues to roll out the 0.1 percent porn. Now it's The Wall Street Journal launching a new... More

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Forbes’s myth of the Reagan boom

A columnist’s misleading economic history

Peter Ferrara, currently of the climate-change denying Heartland Institute and formerly of Jack Abramoff's payroll and the Reagan and Bush... More

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Audit Notes: Insert hospice joke here, Web pagination, too big to value

The Washington Post diversifies its business into end-of-life care

The Washington Post is getting into the hospice business, which prompted a few too many obvious jokes about death and... More

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Romney’s gift to reporters

A Bloomberg investigation details yet another aspect of the candidate’s tax avoidance

The decision by Republicans to run a super-wealthy former financier for president four years into a serious economic downturn triggered... More

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Audit Notes: wincing with WSJ, Golden Dawn, energy-market manipulation

Treasury candidates and Journal art

The Wall Street Journal reports that President Obama is trying to fire up the base with trial balloons on who... 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

Journalists subpoenaed in ‘pink-slime’ suit - BPI wants emails from NYT’s Michael Moss, public-health lawyer Michele Simon, and others

Bloomberg struggles to break out of the box - Justin Smith’s ambitious digital transformation hits some bumps

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

Embedded with the Koch brothers - Hometown reporters get rare access to the media-shy oilmen, with mixed results


The 60-second interview: Marty Baron (Capital New York)

CAPITAL: I just noticed that the most-read story right now on your website is an aggregated piece about a Russian lizard sex station in space. BARON: [Laughs] Is that right?

Your iPhone can now make free encrypted calls (Wired)

The beginning of the end of burner phones?

The new face of Richard Norris (GQ)

“‘Richard?’ I say. ‘Richard?’ I shove his shoulder and nothing happens. He is dead. He is on my watch and he is dead. I hear gurgling. Breathing. He’s on my watch and he is not dead.”

How to be a decent entertainment reporter (Eric Danton)

“Here’s how not to suck at it: Don’t write like an entertainment reporter”

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