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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

BP Defines Deviancy Down

The national press is slow off the mark on the huge oil spill in Michigan

The national press stuffs a big story today on a massive new oil spill in the Kalamazoo River. Size, of... More

WSJ Looks at the Overdraft Bottom Feeders

The Wall Street Journal is terrific this morning to throw the spotlight on the seedy cottage industry that feeds off... More

Audit Notes: Moody’s Market, Revolving Door, Tables Turned on Zuck

Kevin Hall of McClatchy has a great scoop on Moody's CEO's suspiciously timed stock sales. In one case, CEO Ray... More

Yglesias and McArdle Miss on Interchange Fees

Matt Yglesias is defending the interchange industry, which transfers money from the poor to the rich—all through hidden fees. Once... More

Apple’s Controlling Instincts Hit Time and SI

The Wall Street Journal's approach to charging the iPad has been the smartest of any of the media. The Journal... More

Audit Notes: GE Corruption, Poor Subsidizing the Rich, Takedown

Footnoted's Theo Francis spotlights an eye-raising settlement by GE, which essentially confessed to bribing foreign officials (in Iraq, no less)... More

Seven Top-Paid CEOs Lost Shareholders’ Money in the 2000s

The Wall Street Journal runs the numbers on the Top 25 Highest Paid CEOs of the Decade and they are,... More

Reuters Gets a Wall Street Take on Warren

What would it sound like on Wall Street if we got a regulator like, say, Elizabeth Warren, who is resolutely... More

Audit Notes: Angelides; Goldman Sachs; Broke, Fat, and Stoned

In non-polo news, the Financial Times scooped this morning that the Financial Crisis Inquiry (aka Angelides) Commission is threatening to... More

Looking the Other Way on Wall Street

NYT’s Morgenson reports that Wall Street knew that bundled loans didn’t meet standards

Gretchen Morgenson had an excellent column in yesterday's Times that gets at one of the core issues if criminal cases... More

“The Word Was Polo; The Man, Ralph Lauren”

Place those special sections, gleefully, in the recycle pile unread

One of the dirty little secrets of the newspaper business is that you should almost never bother to read a... More

It’s Still Unclear Why Cassano Got Off the Hook

The Wall Street Journal's leder this morning explores why the government dropped its criminal fraud investigation of AIG's Joseph Cassano,... More

Audit Notes: Pretty-Penny Paywall, Booty, Fair Trade

The New York Times says it is spending more than $7 million every three months to develop its paywall. (CEO... More

Bright Spots For the Times in Digital Revenue

The New York Times reported (relatively) good second-quarter numbers today—especially in digital ads, up 20 percent in its division—and Jeff... More

Why The New Yorker’s radical feminism and transgenderism piece was one-sided - “This effectively advances the views of a group that wants to see the genocide of trans women, a group that, data shows, faces extraordinarily high rates of discrimination in every measurable way”

Journalism groups rally around a petition supporting James Risen - The Supreme Court ruled against the NYT reporter, who is refusing to reveal sources

Why one editor won’t run any more op-eds by the Heritage Foundation’s top economist - A reply to Paul Krugman on state taxes and job growth made some incorrect claims

Gannett’s changes bring excitement, some pain, and a full-time beer beat - A conversation with Joshua Awtry, the chain’s top editor in the Carolinas

Build the future - Journalism’s deathwatch is over


Last call (Medium)

“The death of newspapers is sad, but the threatened loss of journalistic talent is catastrophic. If that’s you, it’s time to learn something outside the production routine of your current job.”

Maureen Dowd on James Risen (NYT)

“Risen may be trapped in Ibsen, but Obama is channeling Orwell”

Preparing yourself to cover chaos (Medium)

“There are things you should know before you show up, and you’re not going to find them in the current news cycle”

Journalists can get PTSD right at their desks (PSmag)

A new study correlates exposure to violent images with mental health symptoms

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Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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