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Audit Notes: NYT’s Web bonanza, Doctor on paywalls, capital gains taxes

The paper sells its stake in a jobs site for a stunning profit

The New York Times Company has sold its stake in the Indeed.com jobs site for $100 million profit, which ain't... More

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Smartphone money

The Journal on how phones are weighing more on family budgets

The Wall Street Journal is good to take a look at how smartphone bills are eating up a chunk of... More

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The capital gains preference

Why Mitt Romney’s taxes are so low and whether economics justifies it

Forbes, as Joe Nocera points out this morning, thinks that its list of the 400 richest US billionaires "instills confidence... More

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Audit Notes: newspaper war, inflation fears, executive pay

The Times-Picayune says it planned to go into Baton Rouge all along

The Times-Picayune plans to move into Baton Rouge to hit back at the Advocate's move into New Orleans. But publisher... More

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Audit Notes: Digital First takedown, here comes the WSJ, debt and taxes

The Awl roughs up Journal Register’s flagship paper

Brett Sokol, writes one of the most brutal piece of media criticism I've read in a long time. He examines... More

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The Newhouses strike back

The Times-Picayune goes to war with the encroaching Baton Rouge Advocate

After Advance Publications announced it would gut the still-profitable New Orleans Times-Picayune's newsroom and slash publication to three days a... More

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The inflation bugaboo, back again for QE3

Scare stories on an expected uptick in price expectations

If you've followed the financial press or have seen Ron Paul talk in the last few years, you've heard all... More

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Audit Notes: high-frequency trading, Ann Arbor news, SEC access

A whistleblower sparks a growing investigation, reports the WSJ

The Wall Street Journal has a good page-one story and scoop on a high-frequency trader turned whistleblower whose complaint has... More

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Audit Notes: ‘makers and takers’ edition

Romney’s “47 percent” comment continues to reverberate

A big part of the problem with Mitt Romney's "47 percent" characterization, as I wrote yesterday, is that it uses... More

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Mitt Romney and the Lucky Duckies

A gaffe created in the Fox News/WSJ editorial page echo chamber

Who are the 47 percent, why were Mitt Romney's comments on them so wrong, and how did Romney come to... More

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Audit Notes: News of the World’s thugs, Occupy impact, nonprofit news

Allegations that the paper’s gumshoes broke into houses looking for dirt

What could go wrong when a Murdoch newspaper employs axe-murder suspects? A lot, as we've already seen, and it may... More

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The Post goes south on NAFTA

The paper ignores or glosses over Mexico trade’s effects on the US

The Washington Post rah-rah story on trade with Mexico last week left out key context for its American readers. The... More

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Audit Notes: Bloomberg eyes CMBS, newspaper optimism, Weil on bank books

Signs of froth return to commercial real estate lending

Bloomberg News is good to keep an eye on the securitization market for early signs of froth. It reports that... More

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The press sours a bit on Apple

The company’s control of its narrative is loosened by leaks

One of my favorite sports as a critic is watching how the press liveblogs the periodic gadget announcements that Apple... More

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Audit Notes: NYT and Bain, Dimon’s Comp Committee, 401(k)s

Too much focus on Romney, who left the company years before the alleged collusion

It's great that The New York Times is going aggressively after court documents in a big private-equity bid-rigging lawsuit, filing... More

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Journal Register opens the kimono a bit

CEO John Paton gives us some hard numbers

One of my biggest criticisms of Journal Register Company and Digital First Media has been how it has cherry-picked financial... More

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Audit Notes: Amazon and antitrust, techspeak, ‘Peter Drucker with an Afro’

The DOJ’s ebook settlement could enable anticompetitive behavior

The Los Angeles Times's Michael Hiltzik gets it on Amazon and the Justice Department's seriously misguided antitrust lawsuit against book... More

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Audit Notes: Bain’s LBOs, Star Tribune, Wolff on JRC

ProPublica reports that the “turnaround artist” narrative is off

ProPublica's Jesse Eisinger looks at Mitt Romney and Bain Capital, calling into question the narrative that it was largely about... More

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Audit Notes: WSJ Live, scot free, Martin Feldstein

Lucrative video streams soar at the Journal

Wall Street Journal deputy managing editor Alan Murray says the paper's WSJ Live video efforts are growing at a torrid... More

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The Facebook blame game

The NYT’s Sorkin shifts focus from the bankers

Like Jon Weil, I've got little sympathy for the folks who speculated on Facebook at $38, thinking it would double... More

New survey reveals everything you think about freelancing is true - Data from Project Word quantifies challenges of freelance investigative reporting

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

Why we ‘stave off’ colds - It all started with wine

The New Republic, then and now - Tallying the staff turnover at the overhauled magazine

Why serious journalism can coexist with audience-pleasing content - Legacy media organizations should experiment with digital platforms while continuing to publish hard news


The rise of feelings journalism (TNR)

“Bloom engaged in an increasingly popular style of writing, which I’ve discussed on my blog before, which I call “feelings journalism.” It involves a writer making an argument based on what they imagine someone else is thinking, what they feel may be another person’s feelings. The realm of fact, of reporting, has been left behind.”

Things a war correspondent should never say (WSJ)

“The correspondent retelling war stories surely knows that fellow correspondents had faced the same dangers or worse”

On WaPo trying to interview a cow (National Journal)

“‘I wasn’t milked on the White House lawn by a strange man,’ The Washington Post—the venerable institution that would later come to break the Watergate scandal and win 48 Pulitzers—quoted her, a farm animal, as saying”

Bloggingheads

Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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