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Bank of America’s Sweet Deal on Fannie and Freddie

The Washington Post got the best quote on the Bank of America settlement with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and... More

Best of 2010: Ryan Chittum

Chittum picks his top stories from 2009 2010

Business Journalism on Prozac: A look at an issue of Fortune finds the magazine painting a picture of the corporate... More

Audit Notes: The Bloomberg Way, Conflicts in Congress, Apple and Wikileakspedia

One of the knocks on Bloomberg News is that the place is a bit, well, cultish. This quote doesn't help... More

An Excellent WSJ Piece on Federal Regulators’ Inaction

The Wall Street Journal has an excellent follow to its scoop yesterday that New York is planning to sue Ernst... More

Audit Notes: Nocera on Wallison, The Corporate Court, Wall Street Pay

Joe Nocera weighed in Saturday on the ridiculous document released by the Republicans on the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission. Here... More

The WSJ Gives a Madoff the Soft Touch

Access and a celebrity-journalism-style puff piece

This looks for all the world like a publicist-driven story in The Wall Street Journal story on how Andrew Madoff... More

Audit Notes: Inequality in NYC, Reuters on Dumb Money, Ireland

Yves Smith, in a "Banana Republic Watch," points to a report (PDF) from the Fiscal Policy Institute that finds inequality... More

Covering the Republicans’ Crisis Commission Document

Bethany McLean shows why he said-she said reporting doesn’t cut it

The four Republicans on the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission released their own report Wednesday on the causes of the financial... More

Audit Notes: Deal Scoops; Gasparino on the Economy, Bloomberg Editorials

Deal journalism isn't our bag here, but this New York Observer story is worth noting all the same. It's interesting... More

WSJ Parrots Governor Christie on Jobs

But missing context undermines the governor’s—and the paper’s—story

The idea, I suppose, of The Wall Street Journal's Greater New York section was to bring a little Journal touch... More

When Regulators Shrink, Press Responsibilities Rise

Republicans signal intent to return to the status quo ante

The quasi re-regulation of finance is less than two years old, but it's already facing the rollback from leadership in... More

Pearlstein Takes On Google’s Threat to Competition

The Washington Post's Steven Pearlstein takes up the Google monopoly case today with an excellent column in The Washington Post.... More

Most of the Press Misses Foreclosure Scandal News (UPDATED)

Iowa's attorney general said yesterday that he will bring criminal charges over the foreclosure scandal. But most of the press... More

Audit Notes: Fallows on Orszag, The Atlantic in the Black, Google

Obama cabinet official Peter Orszag took a spin through the revolving door and ended up in a million-dollar sinecure at... More

“Uncertainty” Trotted Out in the Journal

Business code for “we may not get our way”

If there's one thing our titans of industry can't stand, it's uncertainty. We've seen that excuse trotted out over and... More

Audit Notes: Risky Business, Two Economies, Google and Monopoly

The New York Times is good to keep an eye on signs of a return of risky lending. Today it... More

Bloomberg Poll: Stick It to Wall Street

Bloomberg News got some stunning numbers polling Americans on whether big bonuses should be banned at Wall Street's bailout recipients,... More

Google’s Search Dominance Comes In Handy for Its Other Businesses

The Wall Street Journal looks at a key competitive issue on the Web.

Google has a near-monopoly on search in the U.S. It uses that dominant position to boost its other businesses at... More

Audit Notes: Herald-Tribune Investigation, Drumbeat, Nothing for the 99ers

Down in Florida, State Farm has exited its coastal hurricane-insurance business, saying it couldn't afford it anymore. But thanks to... More

Goldman Exec’s “Rough Language” on Manipulating the Market

Senator Carl Levin released emails yesterday showing a Goldman Sachs executive exhorting his traders to engineer a short-squeeze The Wall... More

Q&A: An Apple critic with plenty to say - John Siracusa’s legendary - and lengthy - Apple reviews reach their 15th year

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

4 topics John Oliver explained more clearly than television news - The political satirist brings explainer comedy to HBO viewers

Michael Brown shooting and the crimes journalists choose as newsworthy - Examining why black suspects are covered at a greater proportion than they commit crimes

GOP-backed fake news sites target Dems in congressional races - - Unlike The Onion and other satire sites, the goal is to fool voters, not make them laugh


New WaPo publisher (WaPo)

The departure of Katharine Weymouth ends eight decades of Graham family leadership

The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

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