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Audit Notes: Murdoch and American Politicians, UAW, Labor’s Bulletin Board Win

Does Rupert Murdoch interfere with his news outlets? Does a bear, well, you know... The Los Angeles Times has an... More

A Good WSJ Scoop on AIG and Wall Street Research

The Wall Street Journal has an interesting scoop out today, reporting that AIG CEO Robert Benmosche is leaning on his... More

Audit Notes: A Triple-B Chairman for a Triple-B Company, Stadium Welfare, Euro Crisis

New York Daily News publisher and Boston Properties Chairman Mort Zuckerman takes to the op-ed pages of The Wall Street... More

Fortune Inside the Pfizer Fiasco

A deeply reported piece on a management crisis at the giant drug company

Fortune has a dandy read in this issue on an executive fiasco at Pfizer that led to the sacking of... More

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

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

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