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Fact Checking the Fact Checkers

PolitiFact is half right on two State of the Union truth-o-meters

Commenter James asked me to take a look at a couple of verdicts from PolitiFact on the State of the... More

The NYT Melts the Right’s Anti-Labor Snow Job

All but wiping out propaganda about sanitation workers’ supposed slowdown

The New York Times unloads a devastating story about the alleged New York City snowplow slowdown that became a big... More

The Times’s Fluffy Coverage of the State of the Union

A poor show that amplifies Obama’s public-relations spiel

Did The New York Times really need to lead its page one with a two-column, three-line headline about a pedestrian... More

Audit Notes: FCIC Report, Reuters Talking Points, WSJ Sues

The New York Times gets hold of the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission report first and it seems somewhat promising. Here's... More

Ezra Klein’s Flawed Assumptions on Trade With China

Ezra Klein accepts some unfortunate assumptions in his Washington Post column on trade yesterday morning. Let's start with this one:... More

Insurer Alleges Fraud by Bear Stearns and JPMorgan

Selling a “sack of shit” and then demanding money back while denying investors theirs

Bloomberg News has a story of the day, reporting that JPMorgan Chase/Bear Stearns is being sued by the insurance company... More

Audit Notes: Crisis Panel Has Teeth?, Mortgage Fraud, Corporate Size

Shahien Nasiripour of The Huffington Post scoops that the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission may just have some impact after all:... More

Resistance Is Futile for Alabama’s White Collar Criminals

The Journal takes an excellent look at tough state regulator Joseph Borg

The Wall Street Journal has a superb Money & Investing profile this morning of an Alabama securities regulator who makes... More

Don’t Forget Massey Energy’s Long History of Violations

Federal investigators' preliminary report is out on the April coal mine explosion that killed 29 West Virginia miners. Was it... More

Pearlstein: On China Trade, an Eye for an Eye

Of all the commentary this week on China, none got to the heart of the problem anywhere near as well... More

Audit Notes: The Too Big to Fail Get Bigger, News Corp. Scandal, FT on Fire

The Huffington Post reports that the Obama administration, far from splitting up the too-big-to-fail banks, will allow them to get... More

Yet Again, Fannie and Freddie Didn’t Do It

Michael Hudson writes one of the most convincing Fannie and Freddie Didn't Do It pieces yet. Actually, my soundbite isn't... More

Audit Notes: Bad Times with FINRA, Apple, and Co-bylines

The New York Times's DealBook drops a beat sweetener profiling the new head of FINRA, that toothless in-house regulator of... More

The Dead Source Who Keeps on Giving

Fortune joins the WSJ in putting Jerome York on the record after his death

Back in March, I noticed The Wall Street Journal appearing to burn an off-the-record source a few days after he... More

The NYT Tosses Off a Paywall Story

The New York Times has a brief report today raising hopes about the prospects of a pay model for newspapers.... More

Audit Notes: Beer Buys Off the ‘Burg?, Apple As Bully, Bank Propaganda

This New York Times story, which reports that residents of Brooklyn's Williamsburg protested a Duane Reade chain store coming into... More

The Groupon Bubble

NYT reports Wall Street pitching a $15 billion to $20 billion debut

If you doubted, even after Facebook's recent $50 billion valuation, that there's a mini-bubble inflating in tech land, this morning's... More

Audit Notes: Financial Capture, Homeless, Amy Chua Criticizes WSJ

Simon Johnson notes something big that Goldman Sachs dances around in its report on its internal culture released this week... More

Remapping the Debate on China’s Industrial Policy

Our rival has one. Where’s ours?

Remapping Debate has an interesting piece on how the U.S. finds itself at the mercy of the Chinese for a... More

Audit Notes: Mortgage Servicers, Ghost Mall—China Style; The Joneses

Andy Kroll of Mother Jones takes a look (UPDATE: took a look, I should say. This story is from a... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Journalists subpoenaed in ‘pink-slime’ suit - BPI wants emails from NYT’s Michael Moss, public-health lawyer Michele Simon, and others

Bloomberg struggles to break out of the box - Justin Smith’s ambitious digital transformation hits some bumps

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Embedded with the Koch brothers - Hometown reporters get rare access to the media-shy oilmen, with mixed results


Your iPhone can now make free encrypted calls (Wired)

The beginning of the end of burner phones?

The new face of Richard Norris (GQ)

“‘Richard?’ I say. ‘Richard?’ I shove his shoulder and nothing happens. He is dead. He is on my watch and he is dead. I hear gurgling. Breathing. He’s on my watch and he is not dead.”

How to be a decent entertainment reporter (Eric Danton)

“Here’s how not to suck at it: Don’t write like an entertainment reporter”

A First Look update (First Look Media)

“[R]ather than immediately launching a large collection of digital ‘magazines’ based on strong, expert journalists with their own followings, as we imagined earlier, we’ll begin by building out the two we’ve started and then explore adding new ones as we learn”

Bloggingheads

Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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