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The Times’s Extraordinary Wal-Mart Investigation

David Barstow's epic Wal-Mart investigation in the Sunday New York Times has already lopped $10 billion off the company's market... More

Audit Notes: The Pentagon’s Privatized Propaganda, Chesapeake, Inequality

This story is just amazing: A USA TODAY reporter and editor investigating Pentagon propaganda contractors have themselves been subjected to... More

The NYT Goes Backward on Digital Ads

The New York Times Company's first quarter earnings, reported yesterday, left a lot to be desired. About.com, the company's web-only... More

Audit Notes: Luskin and Krugman, Bailouts, Minimum Wage,

Brad DeLong catches Donald Luskin in a doozy. Luskin calls out Paul Krugman for saying in 2000 that the Dow... More

Excellent Reuters Probe Uncovers a CEO’s Billion-Dollar Loans

Reuters has a fantastic piece of enterprise reporting on natural gas giant Chesapeake Energy, reporting on serious conflicts of interest... More

Audit TV: Dean Starkman at the Narrative Arc Conference

Take a look at Audit Chief Dean Starkman's speech last month to the Narrative Arc conference at Boston University. Dean's... More

Audit Notes: Bank Run, Silicon Valley Small-ball, Anti-Free

Michael Lewis, who says he sympathizes with the Occupy Wall Street movement, interviews himself on what he would do if... More

The New York Times Company in 2015

Trendlines—as of right now—don’t point to its demise

Will The New York Times Company survive as a stand-alone firm past 2015? That's unknowable, of course. A lot can... More

Audit Notes: French Capital, French Economists, Hulu’s Paywall

Bloomberg's Mark Whitehouse is good to report that as the Eurocrisis flares again, with Spain in the spotlight now, investors... More

Audit Notes: Carr on Amazon, Muni Broadband, Too Big to Fail

David Carr's New York Times column today on Amazon, Apple, and the book publishers is excellent. He calls the Department... More

Audit Notes: Ebooks, Amazon, and Apple Edition

Barry C. Lynn, author of Cornered: The New Monopoly Capitalism and the Economics of Destruction, writes a good Slate piece... More

Bloomberg Scrutinizes JPMorgan Chase

Bloomberg News has an important story today showing how press favorite Jamie Dimon's JPMorgan Chase has ramped up risk in... More

The Minimum Wage in Context

The New York Times reports that even in a weak economy, there's a fairly serious push for increasing the historically... More

Ebooks and Antitrust

The Justice Department sues Apple and five book publishers for fighting Amazon

Back in 2010, a giant retailer had 90 percent of a market—a near total monopoly (monopsony, if you want to... More

Audit Notes: Dodger Money, Social News Apps, U.S. Mowing Bills

Andrew Ross Sorkin writes a tough column on the group of investors buying (or supposedly buying) the Los Angeles Dodgers... More

The Seattle Times Takes On Hometown Amazon

A tough series on the dark side of the booming local company

Here in Seattle, Amazon is growing like crazy, adding thousands of jobs and building several skyscrapers just off downtown, something... More

Audit Notes: Wells Bells, Nontaxpayers, Facebook Apps and Privacy

The Huffington Post reports that Elizabeth Magner, a federal judge in Louisiana, hit Wells Fargo with $3.1 million in punitive... More

Audit Notes: Paul Ryan’s Very Serious Budget, The London Whale

Paul Krugman hammers colleague David Brooks today, writing about unnamed commentators "pretending to be moderates or at any rate only... More

The Ethics of Social News Apps

I don't know about you but my Facebook feed has gotten creepy and cringeworthy these days, and it's thanks to... More

Audit Notes: Sky News Hacking, JPMorgan Fined, False Balance

Murdoch's hacking scandal continues to metastasize, spreading to Sky News now, which admitted when asked by The Guardian that it... 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


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

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

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