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WSJ cheers on an Aussie privatization spree

A one-sided news story on the selling of public assets

Reading this Wall Street Journal story, you'd never know there's any downside to a government selling off public services to... More

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The NYT paywall plugs the hole

Charting the state of The New York Times

Felix asks what my graph of New York Times digital revenue would look like including print ads. Here's the original... More

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Audit Notes: Potshots at Snowden, News Corp. snake pit, Jamie Dimon

A Bloomberg BusinessWeek editor doesn’t like the guy’s attitude

Bloomberg Businessweek deputy editor Romesh Ratnasar takes to the pages of the magazine to criticize the "unbearable narcissism of Edward... More

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The NYT paywall don’t get no respect

Despite saving the paper’s bacon

I wrote Friday about a landmark for The New York Times: Its paywall revenue has overtaken its digital ad revenue—just... More

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The NYT’s paywall overtakes digital ads

Meantime, the Globe’s drag on the Times, quantified

It was only a little more than two years ago that the conventional wisdom said The New York Times shouldn't—or... More

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Audit Notes: WSJ ‘leeway’ for Suzanne Somers, NYT ads, John Henry

The paper entrusts fact-checking to the factually challenged

Poynter's Andrew Beaujon follows up on The Wall Street Journal's Suzanne Somers fiasco, asking the paper's Larry Rout, who runs... More

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Gillian Tett has a talk with Alan Greenspan

The ‘Maestro’ admits he didn’t understand derivatives he touted; calls for bank breakups

The Financial Times's Gillian Tett sits down with Alan Greenspan for a two-hour interview and gets some eye-opening admissions from... More

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A Celebrity Journal fiasco

Quack-loving Suzanne Somers, WSJ “expert” on health care

What could go wrong when your august publication asks Chrissy from "Three's Company"—a notorious peddler of quack medical advice—to offer... More

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Audit Notes: Zombie lies and regular old lies

How misinformation spreads

PolitiFact gives CNBC's Maria Bartiromo a "false" rating for saying that Obamacare "is turning us into a part-time employment country."... More

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Victor Davis Hanson’s Silicon Valley caricatures

The National Review columnist’s fact-free screed

Victor Davis Hanson has an entertaining take-down in the National Review of the hypocrisy of Silicon Valley lefties—a sort of... More

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Murdoch corruption scandal back in the news

Trials to begin, WSJ interference confirmed, secret tape fallout serious

The Murdoch hacking scandal is back in the news after a bit of a respite. Next week, Rebekah Brooks, Rupert... More

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Audit Notes: Fast Food welfare, finance in the doctor’s office, sharing economy

Taxpayers subsidize McDonald’s & Co. with $7 billion a year

Researchers from Berkeley and the University of Illinois have found that most fast-food industry workers are paid so poorly that... More

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The extraordinary promise of the new Greenwald-Omidyar venture (UPDATED)

Adversarial muckrakers + civic-minded billionaire = a whole new world

Make no mistake, news that Glenn Greenwald is leaving The Guardian to start a new publication funded by eBay billionaire... More

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A piracy defense walks the plank at the Post (UPDATED)

A blogger gets schooled by the meanies of Big Copyright

There are many problems with Timothy B. Lee's Washington Post blog post on Hollywood's supposed culpability for the theft of... More

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Audit Notes: Shutdown/debt ceiling edition

The consequences have already begun

Audit pal Felix Salmon has an important piece on the Republicans' debt-ceiling insanity, writing that "the default has already begun"—as... More

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A Fed whistleblower on Goldman’s conflicts¬≤

ProPublica excels while the NYT’s DealBook slips

ProPublica's Jake Bernstein reports on the intriguing tale of Carmen Segarra, a former Goldman Sachs bank examiner at the New... More

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Audit Notes: Ginger Baker, $15 minimum wage, fisking Niall

The Cream legend just can’t stomach insipid questions from the press

Ginger Baker, the former Cream drummer, gives the interview of the month to Rolling Stone. Baker is simply not having... More

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T-Mobile shows upside of M&A skepticism

After AT&T’s disastrous attempted acquisition, T-Mobile upends convention

Two years ago, AT&T announced it had agreed to acquire T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom for $39 billion. The deal... More

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Too Big to Fail banks still extend, pretend

American Banker reports the big four are sitting on tens of billions of dollars of losses

American Banker's Kate Berry has a very interesting piece on the pile of bad mortgages the big banks still have... More

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The Celebrity Journal

Stars are turning up in the once-august paper for little or no reason

I noticed The Wall Street Journal's "The Experts" back in March when the advertiser-friendly special section ran a story on... 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


The new face of Richard Norris (GQ)

“‘Richard?’ I say. ‘Richard?’ I shove his shoulder and nothing happens. He is dead. He is on my watch and he is dead. I hear gurgling. Breathing. He’s on my watch and he is not dead.”

How to be a decent entertainment reporter (Eric Danton)

“Here’s how not to suck at it: Don’t write like an entertainment reporter”

A First Look update (First Look Media)

“[R]ather than immediately launching a large collection of digital ‘magazines’ based on strong, expert journalists with their own followings, as we imagined earlier, we’ll begin by building out the two we’ve started and then explore adding new ones as we learn”

The White House deploys minders to interviews all the time (WaPo)

“Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between reporters and the proverbial ‘senior administration officials’ is conducted in the presence of a press staffer”

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

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