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Bernanke goes mostly unheard on spending (UPDATED)

The press continues its spotty coverage of Fed’s fiscal views

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, yet again, publicly called for spending (ADDING: deficit spending, I should say. Bernanke has talked... More

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The WSJ bakes a bogus trend

And ABC copies its grocery-store wedding cake story

The Wall Street Journal has noticed that some people outside midtown Manhattan buy their wedding cakes from grocery stores: Now... More

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Audit Notes: NYT CEO search, Private Prisons, Morozov

Sulzberger looks for a boss with tech experience

Bloomberg News has new details on The New York Times Company's search for a CEO, which includes "aspirational" folks like... More

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Bloomberg blows the whistle on the IRS

The agency hamstrings a program designed to bring in tips on tax evasion

Bloomberg News has an eye-opening investigation into what we now know is the failed IRS Whistleblowers Program. That program is... More

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Audit Notes: Smart Money, NYT CEO, sushi chefs and nola.com

Dow Jones lays off staff and goes all-digital with its personal-finance magazine

Dow Jones is shutting down Smart Money magazine, laying off most of the staff and going to a digital-only format... More

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Audit Radio: Cleveland edition

Dean Starkman joins a panel of Ohio journalists on the future of newspapers

Audit Chief Dean Starkman talked about the future of newspapers on Cleveland's NPR affiliate WCRN this morning. "Sound of Ideas"... More

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Audit Notes: The U-6ers, Jamie’s corporate welfare, The Guardian’s future

The NYT looks at those with not enough work

I like this Michael Cooper piece in The New York Times on the folks who don't show up in the... More

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Another A1 Times-Picayune press release

This time the publisher takes to the front page, eliding the gutting of his newsroom

Not content with dominating the Times-Picayune's front page on Thursday with a press release from its editor, the paper ran... More

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Audit Notes: Echoes of the 1930s, gilded bubble, access journalism

As Greece crumbles, extremism and violence rises

On the echoes of the 1930s tip, the University of Athens's Aristides Hatzis writes in the Financial Times: Despite the... More

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Microsoft’s live-action press release

Journalists hype the software giant’s new tablet

Yesterday, Microsoft got a bunch of tech journalists to go to Hollywood for what it promised would be a major... More

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Audit Notes: Very profitable staff cuts; Dimon’s crisis bet; Obama and trade

Time Inc. squeezes Sports Illustrated for more money

Bloomberg's Edmund Lee gets a great quote from the editor of Time Incorporated's Sports Group, Terry McDonell, on why Sports... More

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The Times-Picayune’s front-page press release

Advance Publication’s Alabama papers take even worse hits than New Orleans

You know the backlash is serious when the Times-Picayune wraps itself in Katrina and puts a press release/editorial by the... More

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New Orleans meets the Hamster Wheel

The fall of the Times-Picayune

The gutting of New Orleans beloved Times-Picayune and Advance Publications' plan to turn it into a sort of major market... More

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Audit Notes: Jamie’s juice, a new Glass Steagall, U-T San Diego

ProPublica documents JPMorgan Chase’s extensive ties to a docile Senate Banking Committee

ProPublica has a sweet piece listing the connections between JPMorgan Chase and the Senate Banking Committee, which didn't exactly grill... More

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Audit Notes: bad banks edition

Too big to behave or to fail

Gretchen Morgenson writes about how the interest-rate swaps Wall Street encouraged government agencies to take out are costing governments billions... More

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Owens’s straw man army

A commentator takes 10 swings at paywalls, and misses each time

Howard Owens's 5,200 word CJR riposte to David Simon on paywalls deserve a reply of its own (outside of its... More

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Audit Notes: Decline of Labor Edition

Unions, inequality, and billionaires versus organized workers

The New Yorker's John Cassidy writes a smart post on the aftermath of labor's big defeat in Wisconsin and what... More

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The Disingenuous WSJ Opinion Pages

Bogus arguments from Phil Gramm, Glenn Hubbard, and Peggy Noonan

Phil Gramm and Columbia B-school Dean and Romney economic adviser Glenn Hubbard take to the op-ed pages of The Wall... More

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Audit Notes: Whither The Guardian, Blodget breathes fire, CNBC flop

The New Statesman profiles editor Alan Rusbridger

This long New Statesman profile of Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger, which also delves into the financial woes of his paper,... More

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The Seattle Times sinks a local polluter

Investigating the sketchy background of a capsized ship’s owner

Most business investigations focus on corporations and investors. And for good reason: They're the ones with the money and the... 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

Bloggingheads

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

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