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Reuters on Romney’s Private-Equity Past

How Bain Capital profited as workers got crushed

Reuters has a great look today at how Mitt Romney's Bain Capital loaded up a steel company with debt, mismanaged... More

Audit Notes: Citi Fees, A Bipartisan Bloomberg Dream, The Toil Index

Felix Salmon reports on an awful new fee Citigroup has cooked up to milk its customers. The bank will charge... More

The WSJ Eyes Analyst-Shopping

Call me naive, but I didn't know that companies launching IPOs were still overtly shopping around for banks with favorable... More

Best of 2011: Ryan Chittum

The Audit’s deputy editor picks his top CJR stories from the past year

Rupert Murdoch and the Corporate Culture of News Corp. On the pressing question of how much Rupert Murdoch is a... More

Audit Notes: Newsstand Success, Paywalls and Tacos, WSJ on Debt Collectors

How much has Apple's Newsstand increased sales of magazine apps. It's hard to say, but Peter Kafka posts a chart... More

The Guardian’s Big Hacking-Scandal Error

Failing to attribute its deleted-messages assertion left it open to attack

When The Guardian dropped its Milly Dowler bombshell back in July, I called the News Corporation hacking it reported "abhorrent... More

Audit Notes: Rattner Gets a Pass, NYT’s Golden Parachute, No Rhodes Scholar

New York Times reporter Geraldine Fabrikant writes a column for Reuters, oddly, on the pass former New York Times reporter,... More

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

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins - A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud - A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies


The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

Bloggingheads

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

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