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Audit Notes: Responsible Populism, Tom Frank on Elites, Shlaes and Inflation

Simon Johnson writes about what he calls "responsible populism," not populism as it is so often portrayed in the press... More

Why Making More Money Is Groovy, And Makes You Richer

You might think this is an Onion-style parody of a column by a right-wing think tanker: But it's no joke.... More

Audit Notes: Greg Smith, Mike Daisey, David Carr

Quote of the day goes either to Bloomberg or The Epicurean Dealmaker. It's a tough one. Bloomberg finds Morgan Stanley... More

Audit Notes: 1966 Wages, Fracking’s Chickens and Eggs, Whistleblowers

David Cay Johnston looks at the latest income-distribution data from Emmanuel Saez and Thomas Piketty, and notes that in this... More

The NAA Newspaper Numbers

Alan Mutter looks at the 2011 numbers out of the Newspaper Association of America, which he notes were "quietly published."... More

Mad Libs, New York Times Executive Pay Edition

The New York Times likes to inveigh against executive compensation practices on its editorial pages, and its newsroom has done... More

Audit TV: Has the Business Press Failed the Public Trust?

Audit Boss Dean Starkman's cover story in the last issue of CJR argued that business journalism had narrowed its gaze... More

Greg Smith and Goldman Sachs

It's tempting to get all savvy and snarky about Greg Smith's op-ed in The New York Times this morning on... More

Audit Notes: Fast Food Nation at 10, U.S. Inequality, Marilyn Hagerty

Eric Schlosser revisits his muckraking epic Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal for The Daily Beast,... More

American Banker Delves into Debt-Collecting Woes at Chase

It looks more and more like the foreclosure scandal is a symptom of a larger problem. American Banker's Jeff Horwitz... More

Audit Notes: Charles Murray’s Lunch, Morgenson on Fairfax, Knight-Ridder’s iPad

The Globe and Mail's Doug Saunders writes this on Twitter: What Charles Murray had for lunch while telling the FT... More

A Dim-Bulb Story From the Washington Post

New Mexico Senator Jeff Bingaman's office this afternoon sent out a press release hammering the Washington Post's page-one story on... More

200 Years of Citi

An alternate history

Bloomberg's Christine Harper, on Twitter, notes that Citigroup's corporate timeline, launched in a must-have new iPad app called Citi News,... More

Audit Notes: Tabloid Chutzpah, Paywall Performance, The Fed and Dividends

Rebekah Brooks, former head of Rupert Murdoch's UK tabloids, which were rogue even by the viciously sensationalist standards of that... More

The Justice Department and the Price of Books

The Wall Street Journal reports that the Justice Department is going after Apple and book publishers for colluding to fix... More

Bloomberg’s Missing Billionaire

This is rich, and no pun is intended. I criticized Bloomberg News yesterday for its policy of not covering its... More

The Baby Boom Wasn’t That Big, WSJ

Boomers will be flooding the senior centers over the next few years and decades and that wave will be a... More

Audit Notes: Fox on Energy, Journalists and Programmers, Bloomberg

Media Matters has an amusing compilation of Fox News reactions to $4 a gallon gasoline in 2008, when George W.... More

Bloomberg, Uncovered

A news organization that won’t report on itself

Gothamist flags this gem down deep in a Bloomberg News story on its new Billionaire's Index: Bloomberg News editorial policy... More

Infographic: What’s a CEO Worth?

What Janet Robinson’s golden parachute could buy

Infographic by Nigel Holmes Click here to see a larger version of this image. The tenures of two recently... 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 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.”

Insufferable parenthetical asides, ranked (The Hairpin)

18. (strictly for the mise-en-scene)

Bloggingheads

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

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