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False balance on Romney’s bogus welfare reform attack

He said-she said from the FT, and a weak showing from the WSJ

This Financial Times coverage of Mitt Romney's false attack on an Obama administration move on welfare reform is a classic... More

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Audit Notes: WSJ forgets climate change, Reuters results, Murdoch hides

A story on the record heat wave omits global warming

The Wall Street Journal writes 640 words on how last month was the hottest July on record—and fails to mention... More

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The New York Times prepares to leave the content farm

The sale of About.com would leave a pure-play newspaper company

The New York Times Company looks set to exit the content-farm business, with AllThingsD's Peter Kafka reporting that the company... More

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A welcome spotlight on trade deals

Reuters’s Johnston goes to Korea to look at the prospects of a new agreement

In March, the Obama administration implemented a trade agreement with South Korea that it promised, implausibly, would create tens of... More

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Audit Notes: Auditor conflicts, Frannie holdup, London Whale pressured

The latest money-laundering scandal points to problems with a business model

Francine McKenna looks at Deloitte's role in the latest money-laundering scandal and how it points to conflicts of interest in... More

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Audit Notes: Singing on Libor, another bank scandal, Star Tribune

The NYT on how banks are turning each other in

The New York Times, in a good page-one story, reports that giant banks are selling each other out trying to... More

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Required skimming: Libor

Understand and keep up to speed with England’s bank rate rigging scandal

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: California’s Enron echoes, Sox toolbox, the Dow’s decade

LAT on allegations that JPMorgan manipulated markets

— Michael Hiltzik had a good column two weeks ago on allegations that JPMorgan Chase manipulated California energy markets: The... More

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The Washington Post’s not-so-good earnings report

The paper puts a positive spin on another poor quarter

Here's how the Washington Post covers its namesake parent company's dismal second-quarter earnings report: Washington Post Co. second-quarter profit up... More

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Audit Notes: Taibbi on TBTF, the paranoid rich, Olympics

An NYT op-ed elides some critical context

It's unclear why The New York Times is running op-eds on finance from a guy who is still operating under... More

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The Times airbrushes Tiger Fund’s flop

A needlessly flattering hedge fund profile omits the basics

The New York Times posts a flacktacular Business Day piece on a new hedge fund named Falcon Edge. This new... More

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Audit Notes: News Corp.’s board, Romney’s taxes, NBC’s Olympics

The paper reports prosecutors are examining whether to charge Murdoch’s directors

The Guardian's Nick Davis, with David Leigh, has another stunner on the hacking scandal. They report that Britain's Crown... More

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Audit Notes: Twitter’s censors, NYT apology, Craigslist’s aggregators

Twitter gave itself a serious black eye today, censoring a journalist for reporting the easy-to-figure-out corporate email address of NBC... More

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When a news executive sits on a bank’s board

The FT Group’s Fairhead is a director of troubled HSBC

It’s unusual—rare, even—for the CEO of a major financial news and information concern to serve on the board of directors... More

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The WSJ on the fall of Nokia

The company that foresaw an iPhone-like device in 2000 is left in the dust

The Wall Street Journal has an excellent page-one story on the fall of Finnish cellphone giant Nokia—the kind of deeply... More

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Audit Notes: Bloomberg on Libor, “can’t find workers” in the WSJ

At least 34 traders are under investigation in the widening scandal

Bloomberg names names in the Libor investigation, reporting that at least 34 traders from more than a dozen banks are... More

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Audit Notes: Ignoring Libor, Barron’s, rich kids and TV news

ABC and NBC evening newscasts ignore the huge scandal in its first two weeks

The Washington Post's Erik Wemple points to Media Matters research that shows ABC's and NBC's nightly newscasts completely ignored the... More

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More on NPR and manufactured quotes

Why lobbyist-provided rent-a-quotes subvert the news

NPR Ombudsman Edward Schumacher-Matos (who teaches here at Columbia) takes a look at the network's poor showing with manufacturing sources... More

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Audit Notes: Too big to fail football, Guardian digital numbers, WaPo

Penn State and the ramifications of a possible NCAA death penalty

It's not just the banks. Now elite college football programs are too big to fail, as well. Here's Bloomberg News... More

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The WSJ Editorial Page and the Libor scandal

Blaming everybody but the bankers

When wrongdoing by Big Business is in the news, you can usually count on the WSJ editorial page to do... More

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

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

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