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Audit Notes: Clayton Bull, Bloomberg News, Cohan and Consumers

Shahien Nasiripour continues to bird dog the Clayton Holdings story, reporting today that, under pressure from the folks on Wall... More

Reuters Investigates the Fed’s Selective Leaks

Guess who gets them?

This Reuters investigation of the Federal Reserve deserves a much wider airing than it's gotten. The wire reports that the... More

The Free Trade Backlash

By three to one in a WSJ/NBC News poll, Americans say free trade hurts the country

The Wall Street Journal zooms in on a poll result from last week: That far more Americans now oppose "free... More

Life Insurance as Tax Dodge for the Rich

The Wall Street Journal on a “widows and orphans” tax break past its prime

The Wall Street Journal is excellent today in a page-one story on how the life-insurance industry has evolved into something... More

Murdoch’s Threat to Democracy

Direct influence via the power of the purse—here and in the UK

Politico astutely pointed out the other day that Fox News now employs four of the leading Republican presidential candidates: Sarah... More

The Journal Misleads on McDonald’s and Obamacare

And it channels the wealthy-but-stingy employer’s cries of poverty

The Wall Street Journal caused something of a to-do yesterday with its front-page story reporting that McDonald's might drop its... More

The Times Channels the Oil Lobby on Cuba

The top story in The New York Times yesterday carried a bit of water for the oil and gas lobby.... More

Audit Notes: The Shark Submerges, Flack Jobs From Hell, Trial Balloons Popped

Michael Lewis plays the "Jaws" theme in his BusinessWeek column asking why Wall Street fought tooth and nail for an... More

Crisis Warning Lights Are Blinking Red Again

Europe’s sovereigns worsen again, currency devalutions threaten a downward spiral, and more.

Things are getting ugly again in Europe, with multiple nations teetering toward default. Nations are beginning to play beggar-thy-neighbor with... More

Accountability Icelandic Style

Politicians in the dock for the financial crisis

What's the difference between Iceland and us? Well, there's the rotten shark meat, the leaving babies outside unattended in freezing... More

Audit Notes: The Damage Done, GOP Economics, Pittman Bests Bernanke

Now this is a correction. The Wall Street Journal this morning (emphasis mine): Singer Neil Young was born Nov. 12,... More

This Gold “Record” Keeps Skipping

The Journal and others fail to account for thirty years of inflation

The Wall Street Journal goes page one with a misleading story about gold, splashing this headline across four columns atop... More

Audit Notes: Illegal Immigrant Costs, E-books, Curmudgeons

(UPDATE: I misread this WSJ post. The Rand analyst was actually talking about all immigration, legal and illegal. The Journal... More

Access As Distortion Field

Facebook author spins for the company in the Washington Post

Fortune's David Kirkpatrick, author of a new book on Facebook, an excerpt of which I criticized a while back for... More

Audit Notes: Why No Charges?, ABC on Collections, SEC Whiff

I'm no lawyer, but I'm pretty sure I can argue against this statement, by law prof Peter J. Helling, who... More

A Scalpel We Can Believe In

Obama’s antitrust regime and the proposed Comcast/NBC merger

If you want to poke another hole in the idea that the Obama administration is "anti-business" take a look at... More

A Critical Witness in the Wall Street Sausage Factory

Banks used Clayton’s quality-assurance info to make more money, investors be damned

Chalk this one up to things I'm not smart enough to understand: Why isn't this pure-D fraud and why hasn't... More

Audit Notes: Free Trade Fallout, China’s Peg, Bailout Failure

The Financial Times's Washington bureau chief Edward Luce—who if you ask me, is one of the sharpest Washington observers around... More

D’Souza Again; This Time in the Chronicle

Why is the mainstream press giving this guy such a prominent platform?

Dinesh D'Souza is at it again. This time he's taken his the-president-is-evil book-touting act on the road—to San Francisco, of... More

Reporting the Economy in Orange County

Take a look at some of the things the Orange County Register is doing with its economic reporting. Here's a... More

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins - A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud - A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies


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.”

The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

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