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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

The NYT Paywall Is Out of the Gate Fast

281,000 paying digital subscribers in three months show readers will pay for quality news

The Wall Street Journal has long had a successful online paywall. The Financial Times has one, too. We can confidently... More

CNN, Piers Morgan, and the Hacking Scandal

Questions raised about primetime anchor’s tenure as a tabloid editor

It would be rather ironic if Fox News enemy CNN turns out to have a hacking-scandal-by-association problem on its hands,... More

Audit Notes: Ex-Execs Flip, Rupert’s Management, Daily Show

The big Murdoch hacking scandal news today is that two former News of the World executives contradicted James Murdoch's... More

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

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


The White House deploys minders to interviews all the time (WaPo)

“Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between reporters and the proverbial ‘senior administration officials’ is conducted in the presence of a press staffer”

The down-and-dirty history of TMZ (BuzzFeed)

“TMZ’s real engine — what defines its mission, what legitimizes it and sets it apart — is a unique and controversial mix of scandal mongering and investigative journalism”

The 10 worst New Yorker longreads (Gawker)

“[A]pparently [Adam] Gopnik did not know you could bake fancy breads from France and other cultures. So he got his mom to teach him how to bake them. A fine anecdote, maybe, to tell a friend or a therapist. But in this case he wrote about it for the New Yorker, a magazine.”

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