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Audit Notes: WaPo on a Whistleblower, Analysts, Reshuffled Toxic Assets Still Toxic

— The Washington Post ran a terrific piece yesterday on UBS whistleblower Bradley Birkenfeld yesterday, a flawed hero (aren't they... More

Oklahoman Columnist Strikes Out

Softball, stereotypes, and straw

Jenni Carlson of The Oklahoman devotes an entire column to what I and a couple of others said last week... More

Audit Notes: Some Ads Up; Mr., Mrs., Messrs.; Visualize Your Music Purchase

Happy days are here again. Well, not really. But magazine ads are up (in the monthly-mag category anyway) 5 percent... More

Spotty Coverage of the Financial Reform Amendments

The Senate has been adding tough amendment after tough amendment to the financial-reform bill. Okay, tougher than anybody thought they... More

Audit Notes: Covering Investigations, the iPad Browser Threat, Rome

ProPublica managing editor Stephen Engelberg has some good thoughts on how the press covers investigations, noting all the stories coming... More

The Press Misleads on a Gold “Record”

In real dollars it’s barely half the 1980 price

Yesterday, the Financial Times, the most-sophisticated business newspaper in the world, published this head-slapper: Gold hits fresh record on inflation... More

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

Q&A: An Apple critic with plenty to say - John Siracusa’s legendary - and lengthy - Apple reviews reach their 15th year

Why one editor won’t run any more op-eds by the Heritage Foundation’s top economist - A reply to Paul Krugman on state taxes and job growth made some incorrect claims

4 topics John Oliver explained more clearly than television news - The political satirist brings explainer comedy to HBO viewers

Michael Brown shooting and the crimes journalists choose as newsworthy - Examining why black suspects are covered at a greater proportion than they commit crimes

GOP-backed fake news sites target Dems in congressional races - - Unlike The Onion and other satire sites, the goal is to fool voters, not make them laugh


New WaPo publisher (WaPo)

The departure of Katharine Weymouth ends eight decades of Graham family leadership

The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

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