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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

WSJ Buries Wylys Story, Ignores GOP Angle

The SEC is charging the billionaire Wyly brothers with a massive fraud involving $550 million in ill-gotten gains from a... More

Audit Notes: Obama, Labor Buster; BP Board’s Blame; Google Pollution

The Washington Post had a good story last week looking at the striking disparities between autoworkers who were on the... More

Why won’t journalists ask Bill Cosby the tough questions? - Sexual assault charges are hardly ever mentioned to the TV star

Knoxville’s alt-weekly wasn’t losing money. It got shut down anyway - Scripps pulls the plug on Metro Pulse in favor of an entertainment supplement for the local daily

Chuck Todd’s Obama book says more about the author than it does about the president - ‘The Stranger’ underscores a broader problem with the way we cover politics

Beware labeling Pope Francis a liberal - Political boxes like liberal/conservative and evolutionist/creationist miss his real significance

The Virginian-Pilot produces a breakthrough investigation amid layoffs - Reporter John Holland discusses how the story came together, newsroom cutbacks, and colleagues who cover for each other


Which media outlets use ‘illegal immigrant’? (Fusion)

“[I]n spite of all the good reasons not to use the phrase, it is still very easy to find in the US press, even in headlines”

Jack Shafer on losing his job (Capital New York)

“Right now, my immediate plan is to go to work as a lay therapist at The Intercept to bring the healing there so John Cook and Matt Taibbi can return. I have great interpersonal skills.”

On outlets that continue to call unknown drone victims ‘militants’ (The Intercept)

“Like the US drone program itself, this deceitful media practice continues unabated”

UNITY’s convention is no more (All Digitocracy)

“The organization’s board of directors decided that UNITY will no longer host the quadrennial conferences for which it had become known”

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