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The Murdoch Pushback: Attacking the Press

Pathetic attempts to play down the scandal fall flat before the facts

There have been a number of efforts lately—obnoxious efforts—to say News Corporation's hacking scandal is some kind of "piling on"... More

Audit Notes: The Murdochs at Parliament, In the Journal, and Via Fox News

How sweet would it have been if The Guardian's Nick Davies had been on the committee questioning Rupert and James... More

Murdoch’s Journal, Joe Nocera, and Fox-ification

The paper has slipped, but don’t give up on it yet

We've long been critical of the changes Rupert Murdoch has wrought at The Wall Street Journal. But Joe Nocera of... More

Audit Notes: Les Hinton, Translating Murdoch Jr., UK Tabloid Culture

The Guardian writes today that the "Phone hacking spotlight falls on former News International boss Les Hinton." As well it... More

Another Guardian Scoop: Destruction of Evidence at News Corp.

One benefit of being nearly alone on a story for years: When everybody suddenly wakes up to it, you've still... More

The Audit TV: Murdoch Hacking Scandal

The News of the World hacking scandal is like the Super Bowl of media criticism or something. I talked to... More

A Young Rupert Murdoch in Britain, Via the BBC Archives

Adam Curtis pulls fascinating archival footage that shows the tycoon on his way up

The BBC's Adam Curtis has a fascinating blog called The Medium and the Message where he digs into the network's... More

Also Exposed by The Guardian: Murdoch’s Grip on U.K.’s Elites

And it isn’t pretty

A lot of powerful people in the UK have suddenly found their spines in the last few days. That's perhaps... More

Audit Notes: News Corporation Hacking Scandal Edition

The Guardian's Nick Davies, the person most responsible for unearthing Rupert Murdoch's News of the World scandal, has another must-read... More

News of the World and U.S. Media Culture

I was asked an interesting question earlier today by a BBC producer who wanted to know about the American angle... More

1955: When Chase Was Too Small to Bail

American Banker has a fun flashback that helps show how out of whack our financial system has gotten in the... More

Audit Notes: Rein In Rupert, “The Age of Greed”, Bartlett on Thatcher

The Independent's Matthew Norman says it will be a disgrace if Britain doesn't come together to end Murdoch's outsize control... More

News Corp. and Murdoch Swamped By Hacking Scandal News

Revelations come fast and furious in the twenty-four hours after a Guardian bombshell

The Murdoch hacking scandal has metastasized twenty-four hours after The Guardian's bombshell that News Corporation's News of the World tabloid... More

Murdoch’s Hacking Scandal Gets Much Worse

The Guardian shows News Corporation at an all-time low (and that’s saying something)

Sometimes you wonder if Rupert Murdoch's empire could get any viler, and then, sure as the sun will rise in... More

Audit Notes: Gutting Blame-the-Borrowers, Geithner Going? Wages and Profits

Barry Ritholtz says "First, Blame the Lenders" in a good post today over at The Big Picture on the crisis... More

Deadspin Is Excellent on a Bogus Tax Break for Wealthy Team Owners

Gawker's sports site Deadspin got hold of some New Jersey Nets financial statements from a few years ago and uses... More

Bank of America’s Disastrous Countrywide Deal

The “dumb” money squandered tens of billions of dollars on Angelo Mozilo’s predatory lender

In The Big Short, hedge fund investor Steve Eisman recalled the time he heard Bank of America CEO Ken Lewis... More

Audit Notes: The Swipe-Fee Battle, Homeless Kids, Angelides on Fire

Bloomberg News has an excellent recount of how the debit-card swipe-fee battle was waged. Its headline is just about perfect:... More

Bank of America’s Big Countrywide Settlement

Bank of America is going to fork over $8.5 billion to mortgage-bond investors lied to by Countrywide Financial, the Wall... More

Pioneer Press On a Renting Crisis and the Almost-Homeless

The St. Paul Pioneer Press does a good job looking at how a serious lack of affordable housing and the... More

16 women whose digital startups deserve Vox-level plaudits - A look at the media entrepreneurs who aren’t grabbing headlines

Why was ‘Dasani’ shut out of the Pulitzers? - 5 problems with The New York Times’ ambitious, influential series on the life of one homeless Brooklyn girl

The AP downplays its Obamacare scoop - Repeal on deductible caps marks another step in The Great Cost Shift

The enduring pull of mag covers - Why do magazine cover images still hold so much cultural power in this decline-of-print era?

Michael Wolff’s digital media bloopers - The Newser founder trolls (other) digital-news companies


The shirt on your back

How did the clothes you’re wearing get to you? We trace the human cost of the Bangladeshi garment industry in video, words and pictures

Anxious royalist

Fantastic letter in The Times

Coming out as a porn star

How do you tell your family and friends?

The truth about Google X

A look behind the secretive lab’s closed doors

New Jersey’s good government

Despite the bridge scandal, Chris Christie’s state is relatively transparent and accountable. CJR’s Greg Marx talks to Gordon Witkin

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