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Audit Notes: Direct Democracy, Obama’s Caution as Achilles Heel, Japan

Up here in Seattle, The Stranger is doing a good job keeping an eye on how industry is flooding the... More

A Times Must-Read on the News Corp. Hacking Scandal

The New York Times Magazine is out with a riveting story on the corruption at News Corporation's News International division.... More

The Press in the Reality Distortion Field

Gossip, rumor, rank speculation—all on the table if it’s an Apple product

It's Apple day. Which means it's time for the press to forget completely about its normal standards and wade neck-deep... More

Audit Notes: The System, Gamed, Carried Interest, Deseret

Michael Hudson, who's got a book out in a few weeks on how predatory-lending fed the financial bubble, responds to... More

Timesmen Type Up Intel CEO’s Excuses on Jobs

There's no need for me to reiterate what others like Dean Baker, Yves Smith, and Andrew Leonard have already written... More

A Poor FT Page-One Pay Story

Pushing the big-business line in a lobbying campaign on pay disclosure

Boy, sometimes it's just flat out hard to figure the Financial Times—a smart newspaper that not infrequently does dumb things,... More

Audit Notes: Our Glass Jaw, Financial Crises, Extend and Pretend

If you're looking for a single anecdote to sum up the demise of the American economy, you could do worse... More

Two Can Play That Game, Rupert

The Times has the smarter strategy in the head-to-head with The Wall Street Journal

Rupert Murdoch has de-emphasized business coverage in The Wall Street Journal since buying the paper in 2007, something that The... More

The Times Retargets the Zappos Ads Story

The New York Times steps onto the online privacy beat this morning (the one put on the front burner recently... More

Audit Notes: Goldman and Geithner, Meaningless WSJ Numbers, Freeland

The New York Times runs a pretty amusing story on Tim Geithner's Goldman past—you know, the one he never had.... More

Bill O’Reilly’s Stock Tips

Probably not a good idea

Kathy Kristof nails Bill O'Reilly for lending his mug and voice to a cockamamie investment newsletter touted by right-wing news... More

Today in Let Them Eat Cake

The Times and the Journal on what the out-of-touch super-rich are up to

What critically important new trends are sweeping the overclass now in our angry, unemployed, bankrupt, two-war country? The New York... More

The Too-Modest Times

A super investigation results in unheard-of fraud charges against the state of New Jersey

Sometimes newspapers are just too modest. Like The New York Times today. The SEC sued New Jersey for fraud for... More

Audit Notes: Unemployment and Suicide, China Trade, Greece Simmers

Annie Lowrey has a must-read story in The Washington Independent on unemployment and suicide. She digs up some stories of... More

A Paper-Thin FT Page-One Story on Outsourcing

Rarely will you see a front page story as thin as this one, and if you do it will probably... More

Murrow, Cronkite, Slideshows

CBS News’s embarrassing trove of online click-getters

Ahh, CBS News. Illustrious home of Edward R. Murrow, Walter Cronkite, Daniel Schorr, George Polk, Eric Sevareid. The Tiffany Network.... More

Blame the Borrowers, Part 1,429

Is it Breakingviews or Bankingviews?

Reuters Breakingviews would like you to know that crazed borrowers are responsible for the housing crisis—or at least a good... More

I Know It’s August, But…

Did The Wall Street Journal really need to go six columns with a picture of the Colombia plane crash that... More

Audit Notes: What If?, Middle Class Struggles, LAT on Teachers

Barry Ritholtz has a smart post up about the what-ifs of the bailouts. As he points out, the question is... More

The Fed’s Bubble Brains

False equivalence on the housing crash prognosticators

The Financial Times's Alphaville and Reuters's Felix Salmon take down both sides of a Boston Federal Reserve paper finding that... 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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