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Good Consolidation Coverage for a Change on AT&T Deal

The business press is skeptical of creating a duopoly in cell phone service

Fortune's Seth Weintraub pulls a four-year-old Stephen Colbert clip that's as good a place as any to kick off a... More

Supremes Rule for Bloomberg Over the Banks

A big press win as Mark Pittman’s lawsuit pries bailout records from the Federal Reserve

Chalk one up for the people's right to know over the bank arm of the government's right to spend our... More

The New York Times Paywall Looks Good

Leaky enough to preserve traffic and ads, but strong enough to add incremental revenue

The New York Times paywall is here, and it's about time. Don't ask me why it took so long and... More

The Journal Shines a Light on Modern Debtors’ Prisons

The paper finds creditors, including folks like AIG, getting thousands thrown in jail

The Wall Street Journal has an excellent story today reporting on the country's modern-day debtors' prisons, which I'd thought were... More

The Libor Lag

Why are investigators only now looking into things that happened three and four years ago?

The business papers all report news that the Department of Justice, SEC, and Commodities Futures Trading Commission (and apparently other... More

Gingrich’s Disingenuous Journal Op-Ed

Misleading on Obama, the Bush tax cuts, and the economy

Newt Gingrich is no doubt a smart man. So he surely knows better than to write what he and his... More

Audit Notes: Two Economies, Red-Handed Raj, Life at SXSW

Steven Pearlstein of the Washington Post comments on a new study out from an NYU prof that shows how globalization... More

As the Revolving Door Turns

The Wall Street Journal reports today that the head of the Federal Housing Administration, David H. Stevens, will become CEO... More

Audit Notes: When a Loss Isn’t a Loss, Lehman, WSJ on Nukes

You're going to hear a lot about all the "losses" insurers are going to be taking on the catastrophe in... More

Breakingviews Misses on the Fed’s Debit Card Rules

The banking lobby is pushing back bigtime against the Federal Reserve rules that would force it to stop gouging consumers... More

Watchdogs Eye the AG’s Foreclosure Fraud Settlement

Gretchen Morgenson yesterday criticized the states attorneys general for their proposed foreclosure fraud settlement, writing that it's a slapdash rush... More

Audit Notes: Lehman’s Green Monster, Sands Storm, Amazon Taxes

Bloomberg's Christine Harper Richard and Bob Ivry circle back to the Fenway deal Lehman Brothers made with Hudson Castle that... More

A Zombie Lie Is Born

CNBC’s false welfare-state story spreads far and wide

Two days ago I fisked a false report from CNBC that said more than a third of all wages and... More

The WSJ Flags an Accounting Trick on Private Pensions

The Wall Street Journal had an excellent story yesterday on how major companies are playing around with their pension accounting... More

Audit Notes: More Murdoch, Hiltzik on the Social Security Trust Fund

A couple of weeks ago, Allan Sloan wrote about Rupert Murdoch is using $673 million of his shareholders' money to... More

Corporate Cousins

A walk down memory lane with the Murdoch media

Daniel Gross brings up the fact that it's been two years since Michael Boskin's editorial in The Wall Street Journal... More

Conflating Social Security and Medicare/Medicaid

Meanwhile, while we're pointing out games journalists play and the question of whether Social Security is welfare, WaPo's Robert J.... More

CNBC Misleads on “Welfare State” Dominance

Bad math overstates government payouts

(UPDATE: See my follow-up post here: A Zombie Lie Is Born: CNBC’s false welfare-state story spreads far and wide.) There... More

The Times Ups the Ante on the SEC’s Madoff Mess

The New York Times has a great scoop this morning advancing the ball on the SEC's entanglement with Bernie Madoff.... More

Deal Myopia in the WSJ and NYT on Hard Drive Merger

Here's a good example of how poorly the business press covers acquisitions that could hurt competition. The Wall Street Journal... 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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