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Audit Notes: Subpar Tom Friedman, Big Lie of the Crisis, Obama on Fraud

Today's Tom Friedman column is even worse than usual: In the past, workers with average skills, doing an average job,... More

The Journal Takes Us Inside the Google Drugs Sting

The Wall Street Journal has an excellent page-one story today on how federal agents caught Google deliberately breaking the law... More

Audit Notes: Dimon the Persecuted, Mitt’s Taxes, Minimum Wage

Yesterday we heard press favorite Jamie Dimon sputtering about how swipe-fee regulations, which capped how much big banks could gouge... More

Mitt Romney’s Taxes

All the major papers are devoting lots of resources to covering Mitt Romney's tax return, putting the national spotlight on... More

Audit Notes: Kim Dotcom and SOPA, Private Equity, Swipe Fees

The Kim Dotcom story is fascinating, and not just because the FBI had to get dozens of cops in New... More

Patent Trolls 4 News Paywalls

Nathan Myhrvold makes some common errors about the newspaper industry

As far as voices of support go, the news business probably wishes it could do better than a patent troll... More

Audit Notes: Justice’s Revolving Door, GE Probed, iBooks Author

Reuters's Scot J. Paltrow reports that Obama's Attorney General Eric Holder and the head of his criminal division worked for... More

Two Days, Two Good Investigations From Mollenkamp

Carrick Mollenkamp is getting his post-WSJ days off to quite the start. On Wednesday, he wrote, with Lauren Tara LaCapra... More

Audit Notes: News Corp. Coverup, GOP and the Unemployed, SOPA

Murdoch's hacking scandal flared up again today, as News Corporation paid out millions of pounds worth of settlements to victims... More

On Debt, Mitt’s of Two Minds

A career built on it and a campaign that rails against it

Jesse Eisinger has a smart New York Times column on how Mitt Romney, fittingly perhaps, is running on debt while... More

Audit Notes: Gapper on SOPA, Japan’s Papers, Credit Card Antitrust

The reaction from internet evangelists over the Stop Online Privacy Act and the Protect IP Act has bordered on hysteria.... More

Audit Notes: Bloomberg’s BW Investment, Jobs For Robots, NCAA Injustice

Chris Roush of TalkingBizNews looks at new Association of Magazine Media data and finds that business magazines are doing well—better... More

Paywalls: Maybe Not So Complicated After All

Thinking over Clay Shirky’s piece on the success of the NYT model

Clay Shirky, a leading paywall skeptic, deserves credit for grappling with what is now generally conceded to be the clear... More

Audit Notes: Triple Dip; Bloomberg Terminals; Goldman, AIG, and the Fed

Jeffrey Verschleiser is in the news for renting out the entire ninety-four room Hotel Jerome this weekend for his daughter's... More

Famous Last Words From the Fed

Assessing coverage of newly released transcripts from just before the crash

The big papers go page one today, as they should, with reports on newly released transcriptions from 2006 Federal Reserve... More

Audit Notes: Romney’s Black Box, Banker Probe, Laffer Curveball

Politico makes a good point about how reporters are having something of a hard time assessing Mitt Romney's tenure at... More

Misleading Readers on Romney’s “$12 Million Teardown”

The value is almost all in the land

We've heard a lot about $12 million teardowns lately. Tiger Woods's ex-wife Elin Nordegren is tearing down her $12 million... More

The Banker Finds Possible “Trouble” at Chase (UPDATED)

Debt-collection lawsuits dry up in at least five states, raising questions about past practices

Back in June, The Wall Street Journal reported a big scoop that press favorite Jamie Dimon's JPMorgan Chase had dropped... More

Audit Notes: Kent State Court, Corporate Taxes, the Communion Wafer Industry

Hats off to The Daily Kent Stater and reporter Doug Brown for exposing how the university was about to name... More

Wall Street’s Toxic Touch

Bloomberg View's Mark Whitehouse points to a fascinating report on new evidence showing how badly Wall Street screwed investors in... More

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

Bloggingheads

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

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