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The Journal on Congress’s Inside Dope for Investors

The Wall Street Journal continues to investigate the fuzzy intersection between Congress and insider trading, with a good page-one story... More

Bloomberg Takes on the Big Lie of the Crisis

Bloomberg takes a crack at knocking down what Barry Ritholtz correctly calls the Big Lie of the crisis, that government... More

Audit Notes: Nocera on Frannie, The Fed’s Politics, Confidence Game

Joe Nocera writes that the SEC's case against Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac executives is "extraordinarily weak," relying on the... More

On the Record From Inside a Gilded Bubble

Bloomberg News profiles the beleaguered ultrarich

Bloomberg's Max Abelson has quite an eye for the ridiculous. He's dug up an AIG executive's blame-shifting for the financial... More

Audit Notes: Inflation Inflation, FT on Frannie, Deep Downturns

Paul Krugman and Brad DeLong catch Niall Ferguson in a whopper on inflation. Ferguson: And the reason the CPI is... More

Baby Doomers: The Trilogy

The Journal’s good look at a generation’s bleak retirement prospects

Back in February, The Wall Street Journal's Jim Browning looked at how the Boomers are the first generation to retire... More

Audit Notes: Walmart Rewrite, AMR’s Strategic Default, Debtors’ Prison

When The Huffington Post's Lila Pearl Shapiro wrote a critical story about Walmart's labor practices earlier this week, the company... More

Bloomberg Bird-Dogs Meredith Whitney’s Terrible Call

Remember Meredith Whitney's apocalyptic predictions on the municipal-bond market last year? Bloomberg News does. And it makes sure Whitney and... More

Audit Notes: Bloomberg Empire Edition

Reuters's Jack Shafer writes that Bloomberg BusinessWeek has become the best magazine in the country, his "primary source of long-form,... More

Hudson on the Corporate Culture of Countrywide

The Center for Public Integrity's Michael Hudson continues to turn up whistleblowers and pound on the culture of wrongdoing at... More

Audit Notes: CDS Watch, Murdoch’s Email, Fracking and Quaking

The Wall Street Journal has a good look at how European banks have been busy writing hundreds of billions of... More

Reuters Finds AMR’s Cost-Cutting Missed a Biggie

AMR’s discreet $30 million house exposed in a securities filing

Back in 2006, BusinessWeek wrote a story about AMR's "penny-pinching," "cost-cutting culture": When it comes to pinching pennies, few full-fare... More

Audit Notes: Nobody’s Guilty In SEC Deals, Swipe Fees, Euromess

The New York Times makes a good catch on the disparities in a Justice Department settlement with Wachovia and an... More

A Big Corporate Welfare Story Gets Short Shrift

Reuters’s Johnston and Times Union spotlight news almost everyone else ignores

Here's a story that's calling out for more attention and isn't getting it. Reuters's David Cay Johnston wrote last week... More

Sensationalism and Consumerism, Paid For on the News

The Post pulls up a bit short on plugola

I like this Washington Post story on how product experts popping up on newscasts are frequently paid by companies to... More

Ad Layout of the Day

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60 Minutes’ Tough Piece on Crisis Prosecutions

Kroft on the lack thereof

A tip of the cap to 60 Minutes for an excellent report Sunday asking about the lack of criminal prosecutions... More

A Super Journal Story on “Death-Debt” Collectors

Bank proxies harassing grieving family members to give money they don’t owe

The Wall Street Journal had an outstanding story this weekend on so called death-debt collectors—an industry that makes money by... More

Audit Notes: Reproducibility, Daily Show, Boeing Settlement

The Wall Street Journal has a very good page-one story today reporting on how most peer-reviewed medical studies can't be... More

WSJ Gives Minimum Info on Front Group

An astroturf group gets a hit on the minimum wage

Here's how The Wall Street Journal framed its report yesterday on several states raising the minimum wage next year: Small... 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


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”

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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A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

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