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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

Audit Notes: Gasparino, Claman, and Buffett; McClatchy; Labor Demonization

Charlie Gasparino of Fox Business News rakes Warren Buffett over the coals today for his hypocrisy on Moody's. This is... More

FT Gives a New Starbucks the Section-Front Treatment

It's not like there's a dearth of stories in financial journalism these days. So what is the Financial Times doing... More

WSJ iPad Numbers Are Looking Good

Rupert Murdoch says The Wall Street Journal has 10,000 subscribers paying for the paper on the two-month-old iPad. That's an... More

Audit Notes: Goldman’s Wells Notice, BP’s Wells Permits, Dogpile

Matthew Goldstein of Reuters reports that Goldman Sachs told Calpers, the California public-pension giant, in March that it wasn't under... More

Nick Carr and How Links Hurt Reading

Yes, embedded links are distracting

Nicholas Carr has a fascinating book excerpt in this month's Wired looking at what the Internet does to how we... More

Audit Notes: Journal Greatness, The Shallows, Fortune Too Kind

The Wall Street Journal drops part two of its series on how the BP catastrophe happened. I praised yesterday's devastating... More

Missing the Paywall Point

What do the Irish News and the Guardian teach us about paywalls?

The Guardian's Roy Greenslade thinks we should take a lesson about paywalls from the Irish News, a 45,000-circulation daily that... More

AJC Stirring Up the Anti-Census Crowd with Falsehoods

Bob Barr says—without evidence—the gubmint can force its way into your home when you’re not there

Drudge is linking to an incendiary Atlanta Journal-Constitution blog post by former congressman Bob Barr. Barr claims in his headline... More

Audit Notes: Animal Farm Webified, Murdoch’s Paradox, Reform Hype

Speaking of the Web and hyped headlines, McSweeney's has probably the best satire of the genre yet. Mike Lacher's piece,... More

Bad Redesigns

News sites regress in a bid to declutter their home pages

What's going on with these redesigns? There seems to be a movement afoot to declutter news websites' home pages. Problem... More

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Female sportscasters are speaking up (NYT)

“[i]n the wake of the recent scandals, women have been driving the story, providing a perspective that their male counterparts simply cannot”

Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

Bloggingheads

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