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Lazarus Gets the Interchange Issue Right

David Lazarus of the Los Angeles Times takes a nice, nuanced look at interchange fees, which is the cut the... More

Congress Confirms WSJ’s Story on BP’s Corner-Cutting

The evidence keeps stacking up that BP cut all kinds of corners to save time and money at the expense... More

Audit Notes: Wall Street’s Predators, Tate on Apple, Dow “10,000”

Speaking of the poverty business, journalist Gary Rivlin has a good piece at The Huffington Post listing all the Wall... More

WSJ: Lever Up Your Portfolio!

All the “to be sures” in the world aren’t enough to save this one

The Wall Street Journal ought to know better than to write a big article about why "There Has Never Been... More

Audit Notes: Mortgage Fraud, Deflation Threat, Starkman Win

The Financial Times reports that the FBI is preparing to drop the hammer on the mortgage fraudsters: The FBI is... More

Apple’s Controlling Instincts Censor Ulysses All Over Again

Apple continues to run amok censoring iPad/iPhone apps, now forcing changes to a graphic novel version of James Joyce's Ulysses.... More

Mixed Effort From Bloomberg on a Hedge Fund Tycoon’s Taxes

Bloomberg is good to examine how hedge-fund kingpin Eddie Lampert, No. 316 on Forbes richest in the world list, may... More

Audit Notes: TBTF, Billionaire’s Free Pass(ing), Poverty Profiteers in Paris

The Journal's David Wessel looks at the divide over what to do about too big to fail. Even mainstream economists... More

Goldman Seizes Some of the Spotlight Back from BP

Goldman Sachs must have been enjoying its month-long respite from Most Despised Capitalist status. That crown rests quite easily on... More

Audit Notes: A WSJ Winner, BPA in Canned Goods, AIG

Wouldn't it be ironic if Rupert Murdoch and Robert Thomson watered down the Journal's print Pulitzer-winning prowess but got the... More

An NYT Win on a Countrywide Mortgage Scam

The Federal Trade Commission slapped a $108 million fine on Countrywide/Bank of America earlier this week. Tough investigative business journalism... More

NYT’s DealBook, Stenographer to Private Equity

The private-equity industry is issuing a "dire warning" about the consequences of raising its taxes, the NYT's DealBook reports. In... More

Audit Notes: Bloomberg Blues, Fool’s Gold, TBTF Primer

I think this Bloomberg story is important. But I'm not exactly sure, because it's almost unreadable. Here's one reason it... More

ProPublica and WaPo on the Rotten Culture at BP

ProPublica and the Washington Post team up for an investigation today on BP's history of flaunting environmental safety regulations. Particularly... More

Audit Notes: Links, Readability, Distractions, Wired

Jason Fry weighs in on the Nicholas Carr links-as-distractions discussion, with a thoughtful post breaking down the issue. Fry says... More

HHS Gets Tough With Execs. What About the SEC?

The Department of Health and Human Services is getting aggressive at rooting out fraud in Big Pharma, Fortune reports. From... More

Audit Notes: Around and a Roundup, Fed Capture, Newsday Cashflow

The Journal has a good, creepy story on how the chemical companies are planning to take advantage of blowback from... More

WSJ Finds Some Traders Getting a Sneak Peek at Prices

The Wall Street Journal has a new angle on high-frequency trading today, reporting that some trading firms pay exchanges for... More

Audit Notes: Fan/Fred Still?, Zuck Shucked, Labor-Standards Arbitrage

Some people are still hauling out the false argument that Fannie and Freddie caused the housing bubble and thus, the... More

The Blogs Blast Buffett

The news reporting this morning on Warren Buffett's testimony doesn't exactly move me. But the blogs sure are fun. Edmund... 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


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’”

In the digital sphere, ‘magazine’ = money (Digiday)

“A single page in a glossy magazine could be discounted by more than half its open rate and still get an effective CPM of about $70. Online display ad CPMs average under $3”

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