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The private-equity problem with Romney and GS Technologies (UPDATED)

Loading up a company with debt to ensure Bain’s own profits

It's seriously grating to see an Eton and Oxford-educated ambassador's son who works for the Council on Foreign Relations rant... More

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Sorkin’s Glass-Steagall straw man

Of course its repeal contributed, directly and indirectly, to the financial crisis

Here's the headline for Andrew Ross Sorkin's column on Tuesday about Glass-Steagall and the financial crisis: Reinstating an Old Rule... More

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Audit notes: Buffett on newspapers, Times-Picayune, SEC lets Lehman go

A vow to invest in newspapers and protect them from interference

This is the most hopeful thing I've read about the business of newspapers in a long, long time: I'll quote... More

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Audit notes: No more daily in New Orleans, McClatchy, private equity

The NYT reports the Times-Picayune will print two or three times a week

If ever a town needed a newspaper, it's New Orleans. But David Carr reports that Newhouse is preparing big layoffs... More

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Facebook fiasco

The well connected made out while retail investors got hosed

We're starting to get a better picture of what happened with Facebook on Friday and in the run-up to its... More

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Audit notes: Facebook disclosure, Facebook value, soft corruption

Business Insider's Henry Blodget, who knows a thing or two about analyst/IPO scandals, writes that Facebook and/or its bankers could... More

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Audit Notes: Facebook IPO edition

I'm happy to say I was wrong (and Felix was right) in guessing that retail investors would jump into Facebook... More

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The Chicago Tribune lights up the flame-retardant industry

An outstanding investigation show how chemical companies preserve a toxic cash cow

A tremendous Chicago Tribune investigation into flame-retardant chemical manufacturers shows how they push their poisons on an unsuspecting public despite... More

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A game of telephone fools the Times

And the newspaper-of-record short-arms the correction

The New York Times posts a nasty correction on its Sunday op-ed by William Deresiewicz, who asserted that a study... More

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Audit notes: Questions for JPMorgan, hindsight journalism, Ticketmaster

Jesse Eisinger asks what and when Dimon & Co. knew about the bank’s big loss

ProPublica's Jesse Eisinger, in his NYT DealBook column, writes about what the press and the authorities should be asking about... More

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The Facebook frenzy

Retail investors prepare to jump on a richly valued IPO

The Wall Street Journal's page-one Facebook IPO story does a good job of capturing some uncomfortable parallels to the dot.com... More

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What’s the right price for ebooks? (updated)

It’s probably not 99 cents

Author Chuck Windig, GigaOm's Mathew Ingram, and TechDirt's Mike Masnick all took on the question of ebook pricing recently, arguing... More

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Audit notes: Commercialization, GM and Facebook, Saverin’s taxes

Conor Friedersdorf makes a nice catch on Tom Friedman's Sunday column bemoaning the commercialization of seemingly all aspects of American... More

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The business press embarrasses Jamie Dimon

London Whale, sighted one month ago, knocks billions off JPMorgan’s worth

In what FT Alphaville called "the most excruciating bank conference call we’ve ever heard," press favorite Jamie Dimon announced last... More

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Audit notes: Chesapeake woes, the Untaxable, Reuters on HSBC

The hits keep coming at Chesapeake Energy. Today, it's The Wall Street Journal's turn. It reports on page one that... More

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The Washington Post Co.’s Self-Destructive Course

Dividends, share buybacks, and an anti-paywall stance help bleed the paper dry

The Washington Post Company‘s dismal quarterly earnings release last week was received with something of a shrug—more of the same.... More

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Audit notes: WSJ dings austerity, Weisenthal, The Global Mail

If you're looking to get up to speed on what happened with the euro and Greece, you could do a... More

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Audit notes: Blodget’s anonymous Zuck fans, Ongo no-go, social news apps

New York cover story dispenses with named sources

Here's the sourcing in Business Insider CEO Henry Blodget's New York cover story on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg: "a colleague... More

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Clearly, Quartz wants to help elites go optimize themselves

The Atlantic’s new business site enters a crowded field catering to the 0.1 percent

The Atlantic's big new business-journalism project is off to an inauspicious start. First there's the name: Quartz, which is different,... More

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Audit Notes: Murdoch’s Influence, Reuters’s Chesapeake drumbeat

A sweeping indictment of the corruption of British politics by News Corp.

The News Corp. scandal is so massive and so sprawling that it's just about impossible to bring all the pieces... 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.”

Bloggingheads

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A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

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