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Audit Notes: Main Street Corp., The Do-Nothing Deficit Fix, Hugh Grant

The Wall Street Journal runs a banner headline across the top of page one that says: Risk Rule Riles Main... More

Banana Republic

Alt-weekly and mainstream exposés on how the richest Americans game the tax system

David Cay Johnston has a fantastic piece out on "9 Things The Rich Don't Want You To Know About Taxes"... More

The AP Falls For a Bogus Press Release

No excuse for that silly mistake but points for cleaning up the mess

Henry Blodget wants to know if we're going to blast the Associated Press for falling for a hoax press release... More

Audit Notes: Perk Up, Core Inflation, What Passes for News

USA Today takes a long look at CEO perks, but it doesn't do a good job of prioritizing the really... More

Taibbi on a Fed Bailout the Business Press Buried

Matt Taibbi of Rolling Stone zeroes in on an interesting detail from the Federal Reserve's bailouts: The Fed lent big... More

LAT on the U.S. As Low-Wage Offshoring Destination

Where does Ikea build a plant when it wants to offshore work to pay poverty wages, bust unions, force mandatory... More

NYT Eyes a Conflict of Interest at JPMorgan

The bank made a couple billion dollars as its clients lost their shirts

The New York Times looks at a lawsuit over conflicts of interest at JPMorgan and how the bank covered its... More

Audit Notes: Race to the Bottom, More Corporate Welfare, Money Is Fungible

The New York Times is good to take a look at how neighboring states race to the bottom bidding to... More

HuffPost: An SEC Wrist Slap for Fleecing an Indian Tribe (UPDATED)

Wachovia dinged with a small settlement, and no individuals are charged

Good for The Huffington Post's Shahien Nasiripour for giving us a closer look at Wachovia's settlement for defrauding an Indian... More

Audit Notes: What SF’s Missing, Post on Waters, Palin Prediction

SF Weekly's Matt Smith reports on a new project that's well worth watching—one that will investigate the impact of the... More

Becky Quick Thinks the Fed Is Too Focused on Jobs

That makes no sense historically or in the current context

CNBC's Becky Quick uses her Fortune column to argue that the Federal Reserve should break the law. The law says... More

Bercovici Is Wrong on “Journalism 2.0” Causing Afghan Murders

Forbes's Jeff Bercovici would like you to know that those UN workers murdered in Afghanistan after a Florida Koran-burning were... More

ProPublica and Fortune’s Unhelpful Post on GE’s Taxes

Taking the company’s word for it to rebut The New York Times

Fortune's Allan Sloan and ProPublica's Jeff Gerth asserted a couple of days ago that The New York Times got it... More

Audit Notes: BizWeek Soars, Barofsky in Fortune, A Picture of Deflation

It's been more than a year now since Bloomberg took over BusinessWeek, rebranded it, expanded it, and put Josh Tyrangiel... More

A Little Healthy Outrage on Executive Pay

Roger Lowenstein had an excellent Bloomberg column a couple of weeks ago on outlandish executive compensation. Unfortunately, it got one... More

60 Minutes With a Good Look at the Foreclosure Scandal

Hats off to 60 Minutes and Scott Pelley for taking a nice look at the foreclosure scandal on Sunday. Pelley... More

A Triangle Shirtwaist-Like Disaster, Buried By the U.S. Press

Outsourcing tragedies while paying a sliver of what our workers made 100 years ago

The Consumerist has a fascinating post asking whether we've really eliminated our Triangle Shirtwaist Factory disasters or if we've just... More

Audit Notes: Hiltzik on Drug R&D, A 1 Percent “Score”, Paywalls

The Los Angeles Times's Michael Hiltzik finds a study that questions the drug lobby's line on how much it costs... More

Audit Notes: Forced Fed, Bank Wages, Schroeder on Buffett

The press continues to rifle through the Fed's discount window data dump, finding that Some 70 percent of all loans... More

A Times Snapshot of the Gilded Age Economy

The very rich do very well while the rest of the country suffers

The New York Times's business coverage today is good and depressing—a portrait of our Second Gilded Age. On page one,... More

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

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