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Audit Notes: Steve Jobs, WSJ on Hacking, NYPD As Domestic CIA

Awful news just hit the tape that Steve Jobs's health has finally forced him to resign as CEO of Apple:... More

Capital One Tries to Buy Too Big to Fail Status

Capital One is the thirteenth biggest bank in the country, with $200 billion in assets. It's on a buying spree... More

Audit Notes: Students Drop For-Profit Colleges, Foreclosures, Hospital Mergers (UPDATED)

The Wall Street Journal has an interesting report on the much-deserved business woes hitting the for-profit college industry. Enrollment of... More

The Repatriation Tax Holiday and American Jobs

The Washington Post is good to point out that some of the big American companies pushing the government for a... More

Bloomberg News on the Fed’s Secret Mega-TARP

Back when our late pal Mark Pittman and Bloomberg sued the Federal Reserve to force it to disclose secret details... More

Audit Notes: Welcome to America, Supercookies, Leon Black’s Blowout

It's a national embarrassment when students from places like China, Nigeria, Romania and Ukraine come to the United States for... More

Jon Stewart On Fox’s Reverse Class Warfare

Meantime, the Journal notes leading GOP candidates want to raise taxes… on the poor

Yesterday, The Daily Show had one of Jon Stewart's greatest takedowns of Fox News—which is saying something. The jumping-off point... More

Audit Notes: The Milken Memory Hole, The Ax Murder and the NotW, Yahoo

Mother Jones's Nick Baumann catches the Los Angeles Times and the Associated Press in some poor journalism. A businessman gives... More

News Corp. Buries a Whistleblower

A case study in Rupert Murdoch’s corporate culture

What happens when a low-level Rupert Murdoch employee blows the whistle on criminal wrongdoing? He gets harassed and destroyed by... More

A Wall Street Journal Error Undermines a Story’s Premise

But even after a correction, its readers almost surely don’t know that

Here's a good example of how corrections can fail to fix misimpressions created by the original error. In this case,... More

Audit Notes: Banker’s Good FHA Work, FBI’s Small Fry, Michael Barone

The American Banker's Jeff Horwitz has another excellent report on the Federal Housing Administration and its former commissioner David Stevens,... More

Damning New Evidence in the News Corp. Hacking Scandal

Payments to a convict began one month after a letter reminded execs he’d kept his mouth shut

You know, it's a serious problem when you can't trust a word said by one of the very biggest owner... More

Audit Notes: One Termer, HAMP Dwindles, The Crisis Narrative Shift

These two graphs from an NYT story this weekend pretty much show why Barack Obama is going to be a... More

The Free Press Probes Fannie and Freddie

The giant bailout recipients are dumping inventory in Detroit and pushing foreclosures over modifications

A Detroit Free Press investigation raises some interesting questions about why government-owned Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are pushing foreclosures... More

Audit Notes: JPMorgan’s Denuded County, Recession Watch, Reporting Rumors

Bloomberg News revisits JPMorgan Chase's screwing of Jefferson County, Alabama, as the county debates whether to file for bankruptcy because... More

The WSJ Advances the Foreign-Exchange Gouging Story

The Wall Street Journal has a good investigation that advances its series of stories looking at how banks, and particularly... More

Ace in the Hole (1951)

What a sixty-year-old noir can tell us about the Murdoch hacking scandal

I’ve got Murdoch on the brain, but I couldn’t help thinking about the News of the World scandal while watching... More

Audit Notes: Picturing the Turmoil, WSJ vs. SmartMoney, Long Crisis

Lots of people are linking the Brokers With Hands On Their Faces Blog in the midst of the market turmoil... More

SmartMoney Makes a Hash of the Downgrade

Says borrowers face higher rates, despite sinking Treasury yields

Speaking of the Journal overhyping the S&P downgrade of U.S. Treasurys, its sister magazine SmartMoney has a doozy of a... More

The Journal Hypes the Downgrade

A three-day-old story gets the overkill treatment

That Standard & Poor's downgraded the U.S. from AAA to AA+ is a big story no doubt. But The Wall... 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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