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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

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Audit notes: News Corp.’s board, Lehman’s hubris, Awards and Slideshows

David Carr eyes Rupert Murdoch’s crony-filled board of directors

David Carr takes a look at the News Corporation board of directors, which is as stacked with the CEO's cronies... More

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The housing market at an inflection point

The Journal explains why bidding wars are starting to bubble up again

After seven or so years of bearishness on housing, I decided a few weeks back that the market was probably... More

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Audit notes: Still pro-euro, foreclosures, privatized parking meters

An FT contributor says the UK doesn’t want to miss out on that Europe thing

British Labour politician Peter Mandelson takes to the Financial Times to argue that, after all we've seen, the UK should... More

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Facebook’s low, low ad rates

The Journal reports on the site’s problems with advertisers

The Wall Street Journal has a nice piece on advertisers' doubts about Facebook. As I noted a few months ago,... More

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The most important journalist in business news

Fox Business stakes a gilded claim for Neil Cavuto

Quick: Who's the most important journalist in business news? Is it The Wall Street Journal's Robert Thomson or Paul Gigot?... More

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Audit notes: Dollar dictator, the SEC’s small fry, Americans go Swiss

The Federal Reserve doesn’t answer solely to Ben Bernanke

The Atlantic's Matthew O'Brien, whom you should really be reading, raises an important point lost in all the discussion about... More

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Audit notes: Murdoch and the Conservatives, M&A, ESPN fail

Tantalizing but thinly sourced info on Rebekah Brooks’s texts to David Cameron

Peter Oborne writes a must-read column for The Telegraph on how the Murdoch scandal is threatening, unnecessarily, to bring down... More

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Reuters uncovers Chesapeake CEO’s other day job

Second probe in two weeks deals gas tycoon Aubrey McClendon another big headache

Reuters unloads another outstanding scoop on the sketchy doings of Chesapeake Energy Aubrey McClendon, reporting that the CEO ran a... More

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Murdoch Mauled by MPs Edition

Rupert Murdoch wasn't the only "not fit" executive seared by the select committee's report on News Corporation scandals today. The... More

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The coverup culture of News Corp.

A damning report from Parliament and Rupert Murdoch’s revealing response to it

When a committee of Parliament condemned Rupert Murdoch today Tuesday as "not a fit person to exercise the stewardship of... More

Audit Notes: Murdoch’s Lobbyists, Reuters on Chesapeake, Shadow Space (UPDATED)

Top News Corporation officials talked about enlisting the top Wall Street Journal Europe editor to lobby politicians for Murdoch's multibillionaire... More

The WSJ’s Monster Market Move

The Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle hits the merger beat with Coca-Cola deal-talks story

Here's what you like to see if you're a business reporter with a scoop on a big merger or acquisition:... More

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The AP on Student Loan Hell

A 2005 law traps borrowers in private debt

The Associated Press takes a good look at how a 2005 law traps borrowers in private student loans—upending the whole... More

Audit Notes: Davies on Murdoch, Banks Eye the Poor for Fees, TARP ROI

Nick Davies writes in The Guardian that, after a second day of questioning under oath, "Rupert Murdoch is in trouble...... More

Bloomberg on Cherry-Picking Executive “Peers” to Inflate Pay

Bloomberg News has a good piece on how companies inflate CEO pay by comparing them to "peers" that are out... More

Audit Notes: The ER Boiler Room, Jeremy Hunt, UK Austerity Fails

Jessica Silver-Greenberg has an alarming page-one story in The New York Times on how hospitals are letting in third-party debt... More

The Journal Misses on Ebooks and Antitrust

It's usually wise to read an "experts say" story a little more skeptically than you normally would. That's the case... More

Audit Notes: Murdoch Minister Edition

The Murdoch scandal heated (hotted?) up yet again today with James Murdoch's testimony to the Leveson Inquiry, and it now... More

60 Minutes Revisits Lehman, Valukas, and Repo 105

Remember the Valukas Report? That court-appointed bankruptcy examiner's investigation into the collapse of Lehman Brothers found a number of colorable... 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


How to be a decent entertainment reporter (Eric Danton)

“Here’s how not to suck at it: Don’t write like an entertainment reporter”

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”

Bloggingheads

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

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