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Audit Notes: Blame the Lenders, Government Scandals, Corrections

Abigail Caplovitz Field at Firedoglake writes a good post explaining why the blame-the-borrowers meme is ultimately misguided—and dangerous: Houses are... More

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

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

Journalists subpoenaed in ‘pink-slime’ suit - BPI wants emails from NYT’s Michael Moss, public-health lawyer Michele Simon, and others

Bloomberg struggles to break out of the box - Justin Smith’s ambitious digital transformation hits some bumps

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Embedded with the Koch brothers - Hometown reporters get rare access to the media-shy oilmen, with mixed results


Your iPhone can now make free encrypted calls (Wired)

The beginning of the end of burner phones?

The new face of Richard Norris (GQ)

“‘Richard?’ I say. ‘Richard?’ I shove his shoulder and nothing happens. He is dead. He is on my watch and he is dead. I hear gurgling. Breathing. He’s on my watch and he is not dead.”

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”

Bloggingheads

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

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