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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

Audit Notes: Murdoch’s Board, Hedge Funds Selling

How awful is News Corporation's corporate governance (among other things)? Bloomberg News on Viet Dinh, the guy who wrote the... More

The Long Crisis

The current tumult had its origins in the housing bust and Crash of 2008

The Wall Street Journal's new Money & Investing chief, Francesco Guerrera, has an awfully narrow perspective about "Why This Crisis... More

Market Mess

Troubles pile up for the financial system and the economy

What happened in the markets today? Good luck figuring that out (you can't, really). Let's just say it's some combination... More

Blaming the Audience: Almost Always a Bad Idea

Marketplace's Heidi N. Moore lays into a listener for getting upset about Wall Street wanting to cut her entitlements. In... More

Audit Notes: Decline and Fall, Inflation Falls Again, Stress Indicators

Your Decline and Fall Moment of the Day comes from Standard & Poor's, the credit-ratings firm that was a core... More

Audit Notes: Panic in the Markets

The Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged 512 points today, some 4.3 percent, as panic takes hold in global markets. The... More

Excellent Reporting on the Revolving Door By American Banker

Paper’s FOIA request shows a former FHA commish palling around with his future employer

American Banker has a terrific story on the revolving door, digging into the records of former Federal Housing Authority commissioner... More

Audit Notes: Some Recovery, Tom Watson Profiled, Debt Myths

Calculated Risk gives us four indicators the National Bureau of Economic Research uses to call and date recessions and recoveries.... More

WSJ Fronts Amazon’s Tax Avoidance Strategy

Color-coded maps tell employees which states are safe, bad, and neutral

It's nice to see The Wall Street Journal take a page-one look at Amazon's aggressive tax avoidance, something I've written... More

The Wall Street Journal: Murdochification Watch

The paper runs a thinly sourced, and quickly denied, scoop on non-News Corp. bribes

Rupert Murdoch's Wall Street Journal, unsurprisingly, hasn't done a whole lot of digging on the News Corp. hacking scandal. Or... More

Despite Debt Ceiling Deal, Wishy-Washy Stock Market Stories

The House approved the debt-ceiling/spending cuts deal after markets closed yesterday, and the Senate passed it today. The Dow is... More

Audit Notes: The Murdoch Lobby at Work, Davies in America, Audit Radio

Roger Cohen, author of one of the worst Murdoch apologies of the hacking scandal, heads to David Cameron and Rebekah... More

Follow a 99er Through the Press As the Money Runs Out

The long jobs crisis, with no end in sight, should prompt us to revisit older stories

Now that it's certain that our leaders have gone all in on austerity, despite a 9.2 percent unemployment rate and... More

Audit Notes: What News Corp. Knew, Mulcaire Talks, FT Paywall Success

The New York Times has a big scoop tonight on the Murdoch hacking scandal, reporting that News International and its... More

Debt-Ceiling Jitters Hit the Markets

European crisis and other bad news doesn’t help

I'm beginning to get that spring/summer 2008 feeling again, and it's no wonder. The latest GDP report this morning signals... More

Audit Notes: Another Davies Hacking Scoop, Greece, The Debt Ceiling

Nick Davies lands another big scoop on the Murdoch hacking scandal, reporting that police investigators believe the News of the... More

ProPublica Catches Ally Financial Making It Up

ProPublica has a terrific report today nailing Ally Financial (the former GMAC) for faking mortgage documents in order to foreclose... More

Rupert Murdoch and the Corporate Culture of News Corp.

Its abysmal corporate governance is symptomatic of a deeper disregard for the rules

Rupert Murdoch's board of directors was in the spotlight a bit yesterday, with stories in The Daily Beast and The... More

Audit Notes: The Debt Ceiling Blame, Murdoch’s Meddling, Thou Shalt Not Autoplay Videos

Frustrated with the debt-ceiling coverage, which is far too even-handed, I wrote this last night on Twitter: it's very simple:... 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

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