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FT: SEC Investigates a Magnetar Deal

The FT's Kara Scannell scoops that the SEC is investigating a Magnetar CDO deal, probing Merrill Lynch and its handpicked... More

The Unimportance Lobby (UPDATED)

The NYT shows Big Finance pushing to avoid a “systematically important” designation

The New York Times had a good look yesterday at how big financial companies are lobbying Washington to not be... More

Bloomberg’s Weil Exposes Another Accounting Regulator Coverup

Jonathan Weil has a tough Bloomberg View column about accounting regulators covering up wrongdoing by companies and their auditors. Back... More

AT&T Buys Nonprofit Support for its Anticompetitive Merger

Politico and the Washington Post follow the money

It ought to raise eyebrows when groups like the NAACP, GLAAD, and the nation's largest teachers union lobby to approve... More

Audit Notes: Paywall Protection, News Corp. Scandal Widens, Goldman and Libya

Ken Doctor has a good post over at Nieman Journalism Lab on the Walter Hussman Theorem, which is that you... More

The Fed, Still Oracular in the Post-Greenspan Era

The business press’s various interpretations of a Bernanke speech

Ben Bernanke gave a speech the other day, saying that... well... he said some thing or another, according to the... More

Walmart’s Unions

They do exist—outside the U.S.—as a Washington Post story shows

It's well known that Walmart is viciously anti-union. It's not much known is that the company is much more accomodative... More

Audit Notes: Poor Wall Street, Our Lost Decade, Parallel Universe

Reading this Wall Street Journal story, you'd think that Wall Street had fallen on hard times: Morgan Stanley offered a... More

WaPo Shows Geithner Pushed Austerity

A profile reports the Treasury secretary steered Obama away from jobs focus

You can sense a surge in criticism of the Obama administration coming, both from within and from former members of... More

Audit Notes: News Corp. Coverup Continues, Guinness Record for Sellouts, AOL/HuffPo

The New York Times reports on the latest from Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation phone hacking scandal and coverup. The news... More

Delaying the Dodd-Frank Rules

An NYT story shows the WSJ parroting bogus Wall Street spin

Planet Money's Jacob Goldstein makes a great catch this morning, noting that The Wall Street Journal and New York Times... More

Audit Notes: Sun-Times Daley Probe, CanadaCare Myths, Off the News

The Chicago Sun-Times has a dandy investigation today reporting that the son of former Mayor Richard Daley made skads of... More

Goldman’s WSJ Score

Goldman Sachs displays some savvy PR in getting The Wall Street Journal to go big with a story about it... More

Audit Notes: Lehman, Off the Hook; Foreclosure Scandal; Bloomberg Snooze

Bloomberg News scoops that the fearsome SEC is going to let top executives from Lehman Brothers off the hook without... More

A Pulled Scoop Shows U.S. Fought to Keep Haitian Wages Down (UPDATED)

The Nation has a scoop—or had, actually—from Wikileaks cables showing that the Obama administration pressured Haiti not to raise its... More

Four Ws From the WSJ

The Wall Street Journal messes up a story atop its Marketplace section today that reports that a judge ordered American... More

CPI Shows Some Credit Unions Gouging Customers, Payday Lender-Style

The Center for Public Integrity's Ben Hallman has an excellent investigation at iWatch News exposing how some credit unions are... More

Audit Notes: Ellison’s Battle of the Bay View, Biovail Blues, Liz Warren’s “Cult”

What does the fifth richest man in the world do when the neighbors' trees spoil the view of San Francisco... More

NYT: Fabulous Fab Pointed Fingers at Goldman

Louise Story and Gretchen Morgenson raise a good question in their agenda-setting piece in The New York Times this morning:... More

Audit Notes: WSJ Calls Out AT&T; Goldman and Qaddafi; Banks Hit the Road

I wish more papers would do what The Wall Street Journal does today in its story about antitrust concerns over... More

Q&A: An Apple critic with plenty to say - John Siracusa’s legendary - and lengthy - Apple reviews reach their 15th year

Why one editor won’t run any more op-eds by the Heritage Foundation’s top economist - A reply to Paul Krugman on state taxes and job growth made some incorrect claims

4 topics John Oliver explained more clearly than television news - The political satirist brings explainer comedy to HBO viewers

Michael Brown shooting and the crimes journalists choose as newsworthy - Examining why black suspects are covered at a greater proportion than they commit crimes

GOP-backed fake news sites target Dems in congressional races - - Unlike The Onion and other satire sites, the goal is to fool voters, not make them laugh


New WaPo publisher (WaPo)

The departure of Katharine Weymouth ends eight decades of Graham family leadership

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.”

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