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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

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Audit Notes: Journal Register, Clinton and ‘can’t find workers,’ AP flop

The bankrupt company’s owner isn’t doing well itself

Read Martin Langeveld's super-sharp take for the Nieman Lab on what the Journal Register bankruptcy means and what might be... More

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Journal Register, future-of-news star, is bankrupt again

Takeaways for the newspaper business

Yesterday, John Paton announced that Journal Register Company is filing for bankruptcy for the second time in three years. That’s... More

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Audit Notes: NYT yacht coverage, Diluted tech stocks, CNBC

How stock options obscure what companies like Facebook are really worth

The New York Times takes a tough look at a pressing issue in our struggling economy: "How to Keep Yachting... More

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Audit Notes: blame the borrowers, Walmart cashiers, newspaper prices

The Democratic Party platform on mortgage issues

Henry Blodget somehow thinks that "everyone has spent the last five years trying to blame the housing crash on every... More

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The Wall Street Journal lets Paul Ryan go all but unchecked

Misleading claims get ignored or given he said-she said treatment

The Wall Street Journal's coverage of Paul Ryan's speech to the Republican National Convention Wednesday, which was packed with one... More

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Audit Notes: Wall Street sheriffs, preprints, Globalization and workers

Supposedly in a “race to investigate, indict, subpoena and fine”

The Wall Street Journal would have you believe Wall Street is running scared from all the financial cops in New... More

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Audit Notes: Murdoch’s hacking scandal, revolving door, Obama’s AMA

Two more arrests, including one for computer hacking

As Rupert Murdoch tells the world to go see Dinesh D'Souza's "scary" 2016 propaganda (read my 2010 takes on the... More

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CNBC: kid gloves for bankers, boxing gloves for bank critics

Interviews with Barofsky, Spitzer, and Krugman underscore the network’s capture

We're all for aggressively skeptical interviewing—I've often wished we could import Brits to do our presidential interviews, for instance. But... More

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Audit Notes: the national debt, Bailout, ProPublica on campaign finance

GOP jujitsu on Obama and deficits

Ezra Klein, anticipating a lot of Republicans disingenuously blaming Obama for the national debt, points to a Center on Budget... More

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The NYT’s weak coverage of rental-car consolidation

With Hertz/Dollar Thrifty deal, three companies would have 94 percent of the market

The rental car business is a highly concentrated industry controlled by four companies. It's about to get much more concentrated,... More

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Audit Notes: GOP gold bugs, too big to fail, Niall Ferguson

The myth of hard money

The Republicans have put the gold standard (or at least a commission to study the idea) back in their party's... More

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Audit Notes: China slows, Romney’s taxes, copyright

Inventories pile up, posing another threat to the global economy

The New York Times looks at a glut of goods clogging up Chinese warehouses—an ominous sign for the global economy:... More

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WaPo dings the ‘give-it-away-free approach’

A mess of a story on Facebook

There's all kinds of irony about the Washington Post slapping a company for a "give-it-away-free approach" that has hurt share... More

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Audit Notes: Gawker’s Bain scoop, file sharing and record sales, Niall Ferguson

A document dump raises questions about tax strategies

Gawker's John Cook got hold of 950 pages of confidential Bain Capital documents related to Mitt Romney and put them... More

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The New Yorker on Obama as fundraiser (UPDATED)

Fascinating reporting but an overly sympathetic portrayal

It's hard to read Jane Mayer's New Yorker piece on campaign fundraising without thinking about how embarrassing and corrupting it... More

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Required skimming: Euro crisis

Understand all the overseas finance stuff that nobody gets

This month, CJR presents “Required Skimming,” a daily miniguide to our staffers’ beats and obsessions, ranging from finance to food.... More

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Audit Notes: Newsweek standards, Luddite fallacy, crowdfunding scams

Everyone but the magazine fact checks Niall Ferguson

Paul Krugman asks: We know what Ferguson is going to do: he’s going to brazen it out, actually boasting about... More

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Newsweek’s Niall Ferguson debacle

A misleading cover story gets the wrong kind of buzz for Tina Brown’s mag

It's been a long time since I've seen a cover story so comprehensively demolished as Newsweek's disengenuous anti-Obama piece by... More

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Audit Notes: Fake or real Jeff Jarvis?, Wolf on Ryan, robots and labor

Replacing copyright with something called “creditright”

This may seem like a Fake Jeff Jarvis post, but it's real-life Jeff Jarvis: Creators don’t need protection from copying.... 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


A First Look update (First Look Media)

“[R]ather than immediately launching a large collection of digital ‘magazines’ based on strong, expert journalists with their own followings, as we imagined earlier, we’ll begin by building out the two we’ve started and then explore adding new ones as we learn”

The White House deploys minders to interviews all the time (WaPo)

“Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between reporters and the proverbial ‘senior administration officials’ is conducted in the presence of a press staffer”

The down-and-dirty history of TMZ (BuzzFeed)

“TMZ’s real engine — what defines its mission, what legitimizes it and sets it apart — is a unique and controversial mix of scandal mongering and investigative journalism”

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.”

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