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The Levin-Coburn Report Coverage

The WSJ and NYT whiff on possible Goldman Sachs criminal referrals

There's all kinds of stuff to chew on in the new Levin-Coburn report, which looks like the toughest such report... More

A Damning NYT Investigation Into Justice Wall Street Style

Bankers skate as regulators and prosecutors protect financial interests above all else

The New York Times has the story of the week, a superb investigation into why there haven't been prosecutions on... More

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

Alessandra Stanley’s troubling history of error

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

Is ISIS a faith-based terrorist group? - Journalists and scholars disagree about how much Islam, rather than politics and power, drives Muslim extremists

Why Bill Simmons might leave ESPN - Other outlets would jump at the chance to gain his following

Why news organizations are abandoning the Redskins - The media mostly avoids Washington’s football team name


Swedish scientists sneak Dylan quotes into articles (The Guardian)

Whoever nets the most before retirement wins a free lunch

Mag for dog haters is a hit in Germany (WSJ)

Poop and Pooches. That is all

A data viz reading list (Susan McGregor)

Useful resources for journalists

Video shows Mexican drug lord paying journalists for ‘good press’ (Fusion)

“This video suggests that organized crime is trying to buy off journalists, creating a new brand of narco-journalism”

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