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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

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Audit Notes: Amazon turns on the A/C, Fairfax’s taxes, Ponzify

The Morning Call's Spencer Soper follows up on his Amazon sweatshop investigation, and reports that the company has since spent... More

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Audit Notes: that 1930s feeling, Facebook small fry, Carter’s Grove

Martin Wolf’s hair is on fire

Martin Wolf's hair is on fire in the Financial Times: Suppose that in June 2007 you had been told that... More

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David Cay Johnston’s excellent corporate-welfare column

What a proposed mall project illustrates about subsidizing developers

Reuters's David Cay Johnston has a great column on corporate welfare that mixes reporting and analysis to show why subsidies... More

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Audit Notes: seaside villas, paywall past, Citi fraud

Line of the day goes to Bloomberg News for this gem from Robert Benmosche, CEO of government-owned AIG (emphasis mine):... More

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Bank of America’s Merrill scandal reignites

The NYT reports former CEO Ken Lewis admits shareholders got bad information

The New York Times's Gretchen Morgenson has a big story today on how Bank of America fooled shareholders into approving... More

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Responding to Shirky on the Washington Post

Transformation is required, and transformation takes investment

Thanks to Clay Shirky for responding to my piece on the financialization of the Washington Post Company, which during the... More

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Audit Notes: the rise of circulation, LAT’s Facebook trend, mobile ads

This Ken Doctor piece on how circulation is becoming the most-important revenue stream at newspapers is a must-read: Unexpectedly, newspapers... More

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Amazon’s California tax squeeze

A WSJ follow story waters down an LAT scoop from two weeks ago

Amazon's long run of not paying collecting state and local sales taxes is coming to an end as legislatures finally... More

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Audit Notes: Google’s stonewalling, Moody’s spin clinic, USDA mortgages

An NYT story on how the company tried to stymie investigators of its Street View program

This New York Times story is a few days old, but worth flagging. The paper reports on Google's roguish reaction... More

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Audit Notes: Facebook IPO edition

Why the flop matters

Joe Nocera glosses over the problem with Facebook's IPO in arguing that we shouldn't care whether its shares plunged after... More

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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

The ethics of The Guardian’s Whisper bombshell - It would have been a journalistic lapse not to have told readers

Gawker: The internet bully - Nick Denton’s media empire is an intellectual online fraternity that invites people to their parties only to make them buy the booze

The Washington Post short-sells a reporter’s integrity - Steven Pearlstein smears TheStreet’s Adam Feuerstein for criticizing a biotech firm

Former Sun-Times staffers react to top reporter’s resignation - “Whereas we don’t have all the answers, we have way too many questions about what happened here”

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks


John Oliver video sweepstakes (The Awl)

“We may update this list next week to reflect Facebook shares gathered by The Awl as the result of this post, which is ultimately an elaborate excuse to embed a John Oliver video on our website”

Which news org is the most trusted? (Pew)

The answer is complicated

‘My Captivity’ (NYT Mag)

An American journalist on his two-year kidnapping in Syria

FBI faked an AP story, in Seattle Times style, to catch a suspect (Seattle Times)

“‘We are outraged that the FBI, with the apparent assistance of the US Attorney’s Office, misappropriated the name of The Seattle Times to secretly install spyware on the computer of a crime suspect,’ said Seattle Times Editor Kathy Best”

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