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Audit Notes: WSJ Blotter, Deutsche CDOs, Wall Street Praised for Its Self Control

The Wall Street Journal's much-anticipated New York section arrived today, but your humble Seattle Audit bureau didn't get it in... More

Apple’s Aggression Against the Press (Yep, Gizmodo Counts)

Gawker Media's Gizmodo got hold of a lost iPhone prototype last week after paying the person who found it $5,000.... More

FT Buries the Lede on Ex-SEC Officials and Goldman

I did a double-take this weekend while reading the Financial Times. The paper put out a story headlined "Handling of... More

Chris Ware Shows Fortune the Mirror on the 500

Limits to what can be said in the friendly confines of the business press

Surely, the times call for pointed critiques of corporate America. Fortune commissioned the cartoonist Chris Ware to propose a cover... More

Audit Notes: Ritholtz, Google Spies, Schumer Shies on Shilling

Barry Ritholtz writes a superb post on the Goldman Sachs Abacus scandal. Wall Street loves complexity because it either tricks... More

WSJ Blows the Ratings-Agencies Story

The Wall Street Journal does a terrible job today of covering the ratings-agency investigation news, which is a big deal... More

The Times Forgets Its Own Goldman Reporting

One key part of Goldman Sachs's defense in the Abacus scandal is that it lost a pile of money on... More

Audit Notes: Michael Lewis, Sebastian Mallaby, Bill Black

Michael Lewis explains very clearly to the too-clever-by-half folks over at Goldman Sachs (an Audit funder) why what they did... More

Reuters’s Beefed-Up Enterprise Reporting Is Paying Off

Reuters and Murray Waas are at it again with another great health-care investigation. It shows how WellPoint, the second-largest health... More

WSJ’s Good Idea on Abacus Needed More Context

I like that The Wall Street Journal zeroes in on the specific homeowners at the core of the Abacus bet.... More

Audit Notes: Yes, There Was a Housing Bubble; Magnetar; Facebook

Dean Baker bizarrely dismisses the role Wall Street chicanery had in inflating the bubble: It Was the Housing Bubble: Not... More

Goldman’s Forked Tongue

NYT and WSJ blow up a bank defense on the Paulson-Abacus deal

Yesterday, The Wall Street Journal punctured one of Goldman Sach's self-defenses in the Abacus scandal: That it lost $90 million... More

Bloomberg’s One-Source Wonders

Take a TV interviewee, type up what they say, and print a one-source story. That's a bad recipe for journalism.... More

“Something Doesn’t Have to Be Illegal to Be Wrong”

Today I saw three major financial commentators make the point or something thereabouts that Wall Street's doesn't have to break... More

Audit Notes: Goldman Dig, Fox Biz Strikes, Super-Senior Slip-up

Matthew Goldstein of Reuters digs out some interesting information on the Goldman scandal. He names Gail Kreitwoman as one of... More

WSJ’s (Soon CNBC’s) Kelly Advances the Goldman Story

Boy, losing Kate Kelly is a big blow to The Wall Street Journal. She's had a hand in a disproportionate... More

Apple’s Speech Policies Should Still Worry the Press

Apple has asked Pulitzer-winning editorial cartoonist Mark Fiore to "resubmit" his iPhone/iPad application for approval, with Steve Jobs saying it... More

Audit Notes: SEC and Stanford, Goldman and Wells, Murdoch’s Personal Feuds

You've got to love this SEC investigation. I mean, of the SEC, not by it. Talking Points Memo revisits an... More

Springtime for Investigations as the SEC Acts

It looks from the newspapers this morning like the dam has finally broken on prosecuting the crisis scandals. The New... More

Audit Notes: Goldman, Goldman, Goldman (What Else?)

Marian Wang of ProPublica has a sharp follow-up to the blockbuster news that the SEC is charging Goldman Sachs with... More

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins - A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud - A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies


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.”

The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

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