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Audit Notes: Tom Frank Exits, Ayn Rand, Illegal Immigrants, Rubin

Thomas Frank is the sole liberal on the Wall Street Journal's editorial pages, and one of the few liberal columnists—perhaps... More

The WSJ Goes Overboard on the HP Sex Scandal

Could you be any less interested in the Hewlett-Packard scandal? The Wall Street Journal doesn't think so. It's still throwing... More

The Crystal Ball for Chris Dodd

Will it be a big bank, a hedge fund, or a lobbying gig?

Ever since Chris Dodd announced his retirement from the Senate in January, my question has been: Which part of the... More

Audit Notes: Overdraft Profiteering, Why the Complacency, ExecuLie Detector

The Associated Press reports that a federal judge has slammed too-big-to-fail bank Wells Fargo for "gouging and profiteering" via overdrafts.... More

WSJ Privacy Series Raises Questions on Google’s Power

The bedrock principles of the Googleplex were built on sand, after all

A lot of times you see these multipart newspaper series bring diminishing returns after the first day or two. Not... More

Audit Notes: Credit Due, MoJo Impact, Audit on the Radio

In June, when I announced that Dean Starkman's "Power Problem" article had snagged a National Press Club award, I neglected... More

The Journal’s Op-Ed Page In Fine Form

A misleading column blames the government for what it costs to employ a worker

The Wall Street Journal editorial page is like the proverbial fish in a barrel. If I ever lack material to... More

NYT: Merrill’s CDO Self Dealing Kept the Bubble Going

The late Mark Pittman told me this a year and a half ago about the fraud at the heart of... More

Audit Notes: Poor Employers, Unions Matter, SEC Claws

Are employers really having a tough time finding people to hire in this economy? The New York Times claimed that... More

The Economist’s Success Is Not a Marketing Story

It's a miserable time for the press, so it's somewhat annoying to see The New York Times's take this morning... More

Audit Notes: Spruced Up Reform, HAMP Failure, Cramdown

David Weidner nails it with a piece on financial reform. I'm glad someone else agrees with me on this: Financial... More

Audit Notes: What They Know, Taleb and Blinder, No FDR

The Wall Street Journal prints the third installment to its excellent What They Know series, this one on how data... More

The Newsweek Numbers

If you want to see why the business model of the so-called legacy media is screwed, look no further than... More

MoJo Muckrakes the Foreclosure Sweatshops

The old predatory lending practices now used to take from homeowners

Mother Jones has the must-read of the week: A superb investigation by Andy Kroll into one of the nation's biggest... More

Audit Notes: KKR Tax Avoidance, Manufacturing Politics, Freelancing

Fortune's Allan Sloan has a good column this week examining how Henry Kravis of KKR and others in the private-equity... More

The Journal Is Mixed on Deutsche Bank Conflicts

The Wall Street Journal has a long page-one look at Deutsche Bank and how it played both sides of the... More

Audit Notes: Brits on America, Credit Cards and Subprime, Interchange

Edward Luce of the Financial Times on Saturday had one of the better stories I've read lately on the plight... More

WSJ Turns Over the Privacy Rock Online

An excellent investigation shows the alarming amount of info Web sites collect about you

The Wall Street Journal kicked off a series on online privacy this weekend with outstanding coverage of how the ad... More

Audit Notes: Illiquid Lehman, Drumbeat.org, Markets Rule

The blogger Economics of Contempt writes that Lehman misrepresented its liquidity in the days before it failed: It's disappointing that... More

The SEC Slaps Citi for Concealing $43 Billion in Toxic Assets

So Citigroup misleads investors in 2007 about tens of billions of dollars of subprime assets it would eventually take huge... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


Insufferable parenthetical asides, ranked (The Hairpin)

18. (strictly for the mise-en-scene)

You are now entering the demented kingdom of William T. Vollmann (TNR)

“Franzen tells a hilarious story of being a young writer in New York, meeting Vollmann, becoming fast friends, and inaugurating a draft swap. A while later, they exchanged work. Franzen gave Vollmann a dozen chiseled pages. Vollmann gave Franzen an entire novel.”

39 pieces of advice for journalists and writers of color (BuzzFeed)

“Make yourself indispensable. Dispel any rumors, however quiet, that you are just there for a ‘quota’”

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