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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

Audit Notes: Bubble Machine, Apple Pushback, Quitting Facebook

The Wall Street Journal has a good explainer on how banks like Goldman Sachs used credit-default swaps to fuel the... 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


Insufferable parenthetical asides, ranked (The Hairpin)

18. (strictly for the mise-en-scene)

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’”

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