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Audit Notes: Investigators Eye the Wall Street Mortgage Machine

After years of going nowhere, the investigation of the Wall Street securitization machine behind the financial crisis is finally showing... More

Outsourcing Investigations to the Suspects

The Washington Post looks at how the SEC lets companies probe themselves

If you're a watchdog/government regulator and you suspect a company of committing crimes, it's probably not the best idea to... More

Audit Notes: The Massey Report, Objectivity Comics, The Ultrawealthy

Here are the ledes from The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times stories this morning on the Massey... More

WNYC On Welfare for the Well-to-Do in the Bronx

Talk about an emblem of welfare for rich folks: Parking garages built for the New York Yankees to accompany their... More

A HuffPost Scoop, Overlooked By the Mainstream Press

HUD finds big banks defrauded taxpayers, but few follow the story

Shahien Nasiripour scored a foreclosure-fraud scandal scoop for The Huffington Post on Monday, reporting that audits of the mortgage industry... More

LinkedIn Bubble Trouble

How to report (and what not to leave out) on signs of frothiness in Silicon Valley

I've had a bit of a back and forth on Twitter in the last day with Business Insider's Joe Weisenthal,... More

Audit Notes: McKenna on Lowenstein; U.S., Island Rogue; Stat of the Day

Francine McKenna over at Forbes takes a swing at Roger Lowenstein's "Wall Street: Not Guilty" piece (see my take... More

WaPo Short-Arms a Promising Piece on Factory Jobs

The Washington Post gives us an interesting but blurry snapshot of the economy, looking at how the news about manufacturing,... More

Lowenstein Lets Wall Street Off the Hook

Not so fast.

Roger Lowenstein has a big piece out in Bloomberg BusinessWeek, an apology for Wall Street—duly celebrated by The New York... More

Audit Notes: WSJ on Selling Access, Wall Street-Style; Yanked; Small Paywalls

The Wall Street Journal has a very good page-one story on how Wall Street gives hedge funds access to key... More

Audit Notes: WSJ’s Deceptive Edits, NYT Glows for Bharara, Cohan Glowers

Jon Chait and Kevin Drum team up for a nifty demolition of that Wall Street Journal editorial page deception I... More

Now It’s the NYT’s Turn to Take On Trump Inc.

On Wednesday, the Los Angeles Times took a good look at Donald Trump's business empire and how he built it... More

Audit Notes: Slick Politics, Greece’s Red Flag, What Caused Oil’s Tumble?

I noted a Huffington Post story the other day reporting that removing drilling bans wouldn't really affect the price of... More

An FCC Commissioner’s Brazen Dash Through the Revolving Door

Buried by The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg News

The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg News show some terrible news judgment today, burying news that FCC Commissioner Meredith Attwell... More

Microsoft-Skype Gets Bubble-Era Hype from the Times (UPDATED)

The Journal and FT bring much-needed skepticism about the deal

The New York Times goes A1 with a breathless second-day story that shows some of the perils of deal reporting.... More

L.A. Times Examines Trump’s Gold-Plated Corporate Welfare

How do you handle covering a candidacy that's primarily a publicity stunt by a crazed ego and presshound—one with approximately... More

Audit Notes: “People Love It,” The New Nocera, NYT Parody Flop

Andrew Ross Sorkin has a good column on a panel of top financiers discussing financial reform and too big to... More

Race to the Bottom

A Times story illustrates a peril that is a virtue to some

The New York Times gave this piece as big a play as you'll see a non-news story get yesterday, going... More

U.S. Oil Is Limited and Fungible, the HuffPost Reports

The Huffington Post's Michael McAuliff has a good piece of reporting on the potential impact of a bill the House... More

Audit Notes: UBS Fraud, Stevie Cohen, Bankers 4 Liz Warren!

So a giant Swiss bank defrauds American taxpayers. It bid-rigs the muni-bond derivatives market. It pays kickbacks and bribes. The... More

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks

Des Moines Register prepares for a ‘very stressful’ newsroom restructuring - Editor Amalie Nash speaks on turnover, transformation, and a virtual reality adventure

PBS pulls ads from Harper’s Magazine after critical essay - Piece argues public broadcaster has fallen under the sway of political influence and outside money

Should all journalists be on Twitter? - Reasons to take up or forgo the 140-character platform

The Tennessean is borrowing reporters from other Gannett papers - Music columnist Peter Cooper is latest journalist to part ways with Nashville paper


How one reporter copes inside the ‘Ebola bubble’ (BuzzFeed)

“Bring gloves to give nurses you meet at clinics, even if you’re there for a story. Get small change to give to the kids who have been out of school for months and are selling ground nuts for pitiful sums on the side of road. Hell, give them candy. Violate all the principles of ostensibly good aid stewardship, because the good stewardship of the developed world didn’t get help here in time, and now everyone is dying around you.”

Fake news sites using Facebook to spread Ebola panic (The Verge)

“These sites claim to be satirical but lack even incompetent attempts at anything resembling humor”

How Ben Bradlee dealt with flacks (Washington Post)

“I would like to be sure that you understand that we trust our editors’ news judgement and that we distrust yours”

Ben Bradlee, 93 (WaPo)

“From the moment he took over The Post newsroom in 1965, Mr. Bradlee sought to create an important newspaper that would go far beyond the traditional model of a metropolitan daily”

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