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Pushing Back Against Facebook’s Privacy Practices

The press and others bring needed new scrutiny to the social network

The press has begun an overdue backlash against Facebook, whose privacy invasions have grown increasingly brazen as its user base... More

Audit Notes: ProPublica’s Dead Prez Prospectuses; Citi and Deutsche, Too; Michael Lewis

ProPublica's Marian Wang advances the WSJ's scoop on the Morgan Stanley "Dead Presidents" investigation, publishing prospectuses from Citigroup and UBS—the... More

At the WSJ, A Question of Trust

The real issue in the Kagan softball dustup: The paper has lost credibility in the Murdoch era

"As News Corp. has consolidated its control of the paper they have increasingly come to demand enterprise journalism that serves... More

WSJ: Feds Investigating Morgan Stanley CDOs

Morgan Stanley is under criminal investigation for Abacus-like CDO deals, The Wall Street Journal scoops this morning, showing that the... More

Audit Notes: Post’s Silver Medal, HAMPered, “The Iran Edition”

The New York Post reported this weekend that regulators have criminal and civil investigations underway into possible manipulation of the... More

The FT Stands By Its Moody’s Story, As It Should

This morning I noted that a 2008 Financial Times story led to an SEC investigation of credit-ratings firm Moody's. I... More

WSJ Stretches with Black-Swan Theory of the Crash

A tried and true way to draw readers to your blog is to say something provocative in your headline and... More

The FT’s 2008 Moody’s Scoop Makes an Impact

Let us now praise the Financial Times for its investigation of Moody's, which has now, at last, resulted in an... More

Audit Notes: “Populism” (Argh), Bush-Era Regulation, Tom Friedman

Yves Smith has a good post on a longtime pet peeve of The Audit: Misuse of the word "populism." The... More

The HuffPost’s Business Reporting Shows the Site Maturing

Let's get it out of the way up top that I think The Huffington Post is a mess—a schizophrenic, mostly... More

Audit Notes: Facebook Creeps, Apple and Ridicule, CDS Carnage

As Facebook continues to steadily invade its users' privacy, it's been somewhat difficult to convey how exactly this has happened.... More

Good WSJ Probe Shows Oil Regulator’s Capture

The Wall Street Journal has a great investigation on Minerals Management Service, the regulator supposed to oversee oil drilling. The... More

Coverage of TBTF Amendment FAIL Fails

The Senate voted 61-33 yesterday against the so-called SAFE Banking Act, an amendment to the financial-reform bill that would have... More

NYT Busts Out the Weasel Words for Stock Crash

What the heck happened in the stock markets yesterday? Well, nobody really knows yet. So what do you do when... More

Audit Notes: The Market Crashes, The Market Bounces Back

Let me give some rare Audit props to CNBC's Jim Cramer for his coverage during the stock-market crash today. As... More

Audit Notes: Warren v. Dimon, Fudging the Books, REACTionaries

Time's Stephen Gandel has a great post on why he can't find anyone to debate Elizabeth Warren on the proposed... More

Ad Age Shows Paywalls Preserving Print Circulation

Advertising Age looks at small-paper paywalls and finds that they're having some success—at least in staving off print declines. I've... More

Shorter Wall Street Journal: Blankfein’s Days Are Numbered

Lloyd Blankfein isn't going to make it. That's basically what this Money & Investing story is saying today. It can't... More

Audit Notes: No Perp Walks, How Goldman’s Like Penny-Stock Boiler Rooms, WSJ iPad

David Heath of the Huffington Post Investigative Fund takes a good look at how and why executives have so far... More

“The Victor and the Vanquished”

Vanity Fair excerpts upcoming Sarah Ellison book on Murdoch’s Journal takeover

Reading the Vanity Fair excerpt of Sarah Ellison's upcoming War at The Wall Street Journal, on Rupert Murdoch's takeover of... 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


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”

The down-and-dirty history of TMZ (BuzzFeed)

“TMZ’s real engine — what defines its mission, what legitimizes it and sets it apart — is a unique and controversial mix of scandal mongering and investigative journalism”

Bloggingheads

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

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