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WSJ Misses on Stimulus Red Tape

The spending was supposed to be phased in all along. The real question is why.

The Wall Street Journal's A1 story today on how bureacratic red tape has slowed the stimulus has a pretty big... More

Audit Notes: That’s Rich, Krugman; Munger; Dancing Around Income Inequality

Instaputz points out some real lack of self-awareness in Paul Krugman's column today attacking the rage of the rich: You... More

Bloomberg BusinessWeek’s Slim Bloom Profile

I'm a fan of the new BusinessWeek, which was already the best of the three major financial magazines—though that's not... More

The Recession May Be Over, But the Jobs Crisis Isn’t

The Times and Journal with good angles on unemployment

There's some good reporting on the nation's unemployment crisis on A1 of the major papers today. We always like to... More

Audit Notes: Forbes Compares Obama to Lenin, Racist BS, Some Sanity

How did that kooky, insidious, false Dinesh D'Souza piece end up on the cover of Forbes? Take a look at... More

Public Service Journalism at Its Very Best

A Seattle Times investigation uncovers profiteering and abuse in Washington’s elder-care system

Up here in Seattle, we've been blessed with some incredible newspaper reporting this week. The kind that makes you glad... More

The WSJ Is Good on Middle-Class Incomes

I got on The Wall Street Journal the other day for, among other things, ignoring income stagnation and inequality in... More

Audit Notes: Marketplace Filleted, Window Dressing, Scotland Yard

Jay Rosen just takes the fillet knife to public radio's "Marketplace Morning Report." The problem with this report is that... More

Dinesh D’Souza Digs Himself in Deeper

Some more criticism of Forbes’s disastrous Obama cover story

Dinesh D'Souza has responded to my, uh, criticism of his smear piece that, shamefully, made the cover of Forbes with... More

The Elizabeth Warren End-Around

Some questions on what Obama’s conflict avoidance means

Well, surprise, surprise. President Obama ducks another fight by naming consumer advocate Elizabeth Warren as "special adviser" to set up... More

Audit Notes: Murdoch’s Undoing?, FT Scoop, WSJ Nut Cracks

Slate's Jack Shafer calls the News Corporation hacking scandal "Murdoch's Watergate" and says it "will undo the media mogul." I... More

The Mercury News’s Thinly Sourced Apple Scooplet

Some skepticism is in order

I've criticized press coverage of Apple quite a bit. But I have to acknowledge something: The company's NSA-like secrecy makes... More

WSJ’s Welfare State Story Lacks Context

The Wall Street Journal has a poorly done front-page story this morning trying to make the case that the U.S.... More

Audit Notes: Sorkin, Stone, and Schwarzman; WSJ Mag; Bloomberg on the VA

Andrew Ross Sorkin has a fun column in The New York Times this morning: An interview with Oliver Stone about... More

Freeland Tells Obama to Lay Off Big Business

Reuters global editor at large Chrystia Freeland had an unfortunate column a few days ago in the Washington Post telling... More

Starkman on the Hamster Wheel

Audit Chief Dean Starkman has the cover piece in the new issue of CJR looking at what he calls "The... More

Audit Notes: D’Souza and Forbes Edition

CNBC's Dennis Kneale takes issue with my description of Dinesh D'Souza's Forbes cover story on "How Obama Thinks" as "the... More

Forbes’ Shameful Piece on Obama as the “Other”

The worst kind of smear journalism by Dinesh D’Souza

So it's come to this: Forbes cover story on "How Obama Thinks" is a gross piece of innuendo—a fact-twisting, error-laden... More

Audit Notes: HAMPered, FHA Criminals, Student Loan Racket

David Lazarus of the Los Angeles Times finds a couple booted out of their home by Wells Fargo, which had... More

The Slow SEC

Six months after Valukas, the Journal reports it’s zeroing in on Repo 105

The Wall Street Journal reports today that the SEC is focusing on Lehman Brothers' $50 billion Repo 105 accounting trick... 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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