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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

The SEC’s Khuzami and That Citigroup Settlement

An anonymous letter adds to questions about a wrist slap

Bloomberg News reported on Monday that the SEC's inspector general is investigating Robert Khuzami, its chief enforcement official, after getting... More

WSJ Spotlights Wage Declines of the Laid Off

The Wall Street Journal is excellent today with this front-page examination of what the recession is doing to wages of... More

Bloomberg News Oversells and Underperforms on Toyota’s Decline

Bloomberg News has a good idea to do a step-back on Toyota and how it's faring a year after its... More

Audit Notes: Ibanez Implications, The Daley Problem, Sbarro Sliced

The Ibanez verdict in Massachusetts Supreme Court is yet more confirmation that the foreclosure scandal will have serious repercussions for... More

The Wall Street Journal Plays Stenographer to Chris Christie

Is this a news story in The Wall Street Journal or a press release from the Office of the Governor... More

Audit Notes: Pension Woes, Inequality, Another Ratings Fiasco

Yves Smith takes on the media's reporting on state pension woes: "If you live in the world according to the... More

Daley Latest in a Long Line of Business-Friendly Obama Picks

A “conciliatory” move in an administration that’s seen plenty of them

The press is calling President Obama's appointment of JPMorgan Chase's William Daley as his new chief of staff a conciliatory... More

Audit Notes: Goldman’s Sophisticated Investors, Abacus Emails, Deindustrialization

The New York Times gets an interesting scoop on the Goldman Sachs deal for a stake in Facebook—one that values... More

ProPublica Shows Merrill Paid Traders to Take Its CDOs

An important story on how Wall Street kept the bubble going

I really hate when news organizations drop big stories over the holidays. For one, they have far less chance of... More

Hiltzik Takes on the FCC on the Comcast-NBC Deal

John Dunbar has a must-read piece in the current issue of Columbia Journalism Review on why the Comcast-NBC Merger is... More

Audit Notes: Goldman and Facebook, Chainsaws, Hudson on Tax History

Francine McKenna sums up the problem with Facebook's Goldman Sachs investment pretty succinctly over at Forbes: Facebook wants the public’s... 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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