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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

WSJ’s Good Coverage of Warren and the CFPB

The Wall Street Journal's leder today on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau shows the paper in fine form. If you... More

CNBC’s Dennis Kneale Goes Native

Cultivating powerful sources at the expense of telling the story

We may have ourselves a new poster boy of Access Journalism. Say hello to CNBC's Dennis Kneale, protector of the... More

Audit Notes: Fannie/Freddie Already, Obama on Finreg, WaMu’s Valukas?

Next time you hear someone spouting the line that Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the Community Reinvestment Act were the... More

Surprise! Ratings Firms Nailed By Financial Reform

The Wall Street Journal reports this morning that part of the bond market has shut down because credit raters like... More

Audit Notes: Not-So-Sharp Claws, Eighty Cents, A+!

Charlie Gasparino scoops that pay czar Ken Feinberg is going to try to claw back some 2008 banker bonuses later... More

Virginian-Pilot journalists: Corporate management pressure is stifling coverage - “Lovers of journalism in this newsroom are pissed. It’s bad.”

Paper files public records request—and city’s response is a lawsuit - Local officials argue Montana courts should strike balance between privacy and disclosure

BBC Pop-Up reports from small town America - A small team is traveling across the United States for six months in hopes of finding underreported local stories

What game design can do for journalism - Three newly selected fellows at American University talk about the medium’s future

Timeline, an app based on ‘the history of…’ - But chronology doesn’t reveal everything


Photojournalism while pregnant (NYT Mag)

“Momentarily forgetting I was pregnant, I jockeyed for a position close enough to capture the initial moments of euphoria, hurling myself into the mix of hundreds of frenzied relatives. As the weight of men started to close in on me, I realized how vulnerable I was and started to panic.”

We should all step back from security journalism (Medium)

“It should be made clear, in law, that the tasks security reseachers do to make the net more secure and journalists do to understand and contextualize the truth for the public are not crimes”

Trust In Business And Media Is Declining, But People Have Faith In Search Engines (Buzzfeed)

People have become less trusting of major institutions, according to the annual Edelman Trust Barometer. And large majorities doubt that businesses want to make the world a better place.

With New Charlie Hebdo Cover, News Value Should Have Prevailed (NYT)

Public editor Margaret Sullivan on why the paper should have published the images.

Bloggingheads

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

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