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The Times on What Financial Reform Really Means

Binyamin Appelbaum of The New York Times has the smartest take I've seen yet on what the impending passage of... More

Audit Notes: Pretty Pensions, Private Equity Walks, Payday Lenders Skate

Kudos to the Times’s Mary Williams Walsh and Amy Schoenfeld for a corker of an exposé on six-figure pensions larding... More

Mostly Muddled Coverage of the Housing Market

How optimistic should we be about the housing market? After reading press coverage of April's mortgage stats, you'd be forgiven... More

The Journal Reveals Another Facebook Privacy Gaffe

The Wall Street Journal gets a nice Facebook/MySpace privacy scoop this morning, reporting that the sites—particularly Facebook—send along personal-identification information... More

Audit Notes: A-hed Hed, Deflation, BW or BBW?

Headline of the Week goes to The Wall Street Journal for this A-hed: In England, Buying the Farm Can Be... More

All the Banks in Georgia

Small-bank failures are child’s play in a too-big-to-fail world

It's a good idea to point out that small banks are failing, too. This is hardly a news flash, but... More

Audit Notes: Not-So-Goldman Advice, One Source Stories, Facebook

Bloomberg reports that even though Goldman Sachs, along with other banks, won on every day at the dog tracks last... More

Tribune Investigation Finds Mercury-Laced Skin Creams

A terrific investigation today by the Chicago Tribune discovered high levels of mercury in skin-whitening creams on shelves across Chicago.... More

The New York Times’s Devastating Goldman Piece

Morgenson and Story unload on the bank’s conflicted business model

The New York Times goes long on the conflict machine that is Goldman Sachs. It's a devastating synthesis of what's... More

Audit Notes: WSJ Win, Tully Calls a Crash, Sugar Shock

The Wall Street Journal has been doing solid work on the BP/Transocean oil spill, and today's paper has another good... More

Fortune Sounds Out of Tune With a Facebook Piece

Reading Fortune these days, it's all-too-often hard to tell we've been going through a crisis of capitalism for the last... More

Watching the Banking Canaries in the Coal Mine

Bloomberg and the Financial Times are good to emphasize that the banking system—at least in Europe—is shuddering yet again in... More

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

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

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