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Audit Notes: Grand Oil Party, The Limits of Anecdote, Mod Investors

The Economist's Matt Steinglass reports on an egregious government giveaway to the oil companies—one that started accidentally and has now... More

HuffPo Shows OCC Still Poster Child of Regulatory Capture

The Huffington Post's Shahien Nasiripour has some interesting reporting in a story on the Obama administration's move to settle the... More

WSJ Slips Up on a Union Story

And its misses tilt toward the anti-labor side

The Wall Street Journal's page-one story yesteday on the union battle in Wisconsin erred on a few points, all of... More

NYT’s Scoop on an Alleged Roger Ailes Coverup

Lawyers say the Fox chief urged Judith Regan to lie to the feds about Giuliani pal Bernie Kerik

The New York Times has an excellent scoop out today that could mean trouble for Fox News's Roger Ailes. It's... More

Audit Notes: A Mirror For Scott Walker, SPJ Outraged at Blogger, Foreclosures

Steven Pearlstein goes into his columnists' bag of tricks to show how crazy Governor Scott Walker's agenda would be if... More

The SEC, Tangled Up in Madoff

How about that Irving Picard? The lawyer trying to recover cash for Bernie Madoff's victims had the nerve to sue... More

Audit Notes: Watchdog Blogging, Union Power, Stadium Economics

The blog Gin and Tacos makes a fantastic catch on Wisconsin Republican Governor Scott Walker's effort to take away the... More

One For the Whistleblowers

The government has thrown up its hands and says it can't prosecute Angelo Mozilo, despite the fact that his company... More

Madoff’s Maddening Jailhouse Interview

Diana Henriques has a huge get for The New York Times this morning: The first interview of Bernie Madoff since... More

Audit Notes: HBGary Federal, Jeff Sachs Goes Off, Gaming Google

ArsTechnica has a great ticktock on how the HBGary Federal scandal broke open, recounting how its CEO got into a... More

MIT Bloggers and Sorkin Take Down a Derivatives Study

Andrew Ross Sorkin has a good column this morning exposing yet another misleading campaign affiliated with the Chamber of Commerce.... More

AOL’s HuffPo Premium Doesn’t Mean Much For the NYT

Frederic Filloux has some harsh criticism of The Huffington Post's business model, calling it "a digital sandcastle." But what caught... More

The HBGary Federal Scandal

Many questions need answering as hackers shine a light on the private-security underworld

I asked the press on Friday to quickly get on the disturbing story of HBGary Federal et al on Friday.... More

Audit Notes: HBGary Federal, Bank CEOs Stock Sales, Adam Gopnik

This is one of the more disturbing stories I've read in a while. So far, no one in the mainstream... More

Amazon Bolts Texas’s “Unfavorable Regulatory Environment”

But there’s more to the story than we get from the AP and The Dallas Morning News

The Associated Press reports that Amazon is closing its Texas warehouse due to—and this is a direct Amazon quote—the state's... More

Audit Notes: NFL Hell, No Inflation Here, Fraud Without Fraudsters

Sally Jenkins of the Washington Post has the column of the week, a righteous piece of outrage at the NFL... More

NYT Reports Bear Stearns Wasn’t Alone on Putbacks

Plus, Wall Street saw fraud signs, demanded money back, then kept buying loans

The New York Times has a very good look today at what the Ambac lawsuit against JPMorgan Chase could mean... More

Audit Notes: Toxic Assets, Foreclosure Mills, SEC (Finally) Looking at CDOs

What ever happened to that pile of toxic assets that the banks were sitting on? Wall Street Journal reporter Michael... More

The Twitter, Facebook, Groupon, Huffington Post Bubble

Still think there's not a Web 2.0 bubble going on? The Wall Street Journal reports tonight that Twitter is now... More

Bloomberg and BusinessWeek’s Problematic WikiLeaks Story

Red flags aflutter as the news outfit runs with seriously questionable evidence

How many red flags can we count in this Bloomberg BusinessWeek piece on WikiLeaks? First there's the headline: Is Wikileaks... More

Reporters fail to capture implications of pension provision - A ‘big shift’ tucked into the spending bill goes under-examined

The New Republic: A public trust or a business? - How Chris Hughes turned a 100-year-old publication into a “product”

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014

The problem with sharing uncredited photos - “Just because you put something on the internet does not give people the right to steal it”


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

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