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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

Angelides, The Audit, and Unfair Lending

An ex-regulator’s testimony to the commission needs examining

Comptroller of The Audit Dean Starkman spent three months last year poring over nearly a decade of financial-press archives to... More

Goldman Sachs Fraud Charges Are a Business-Press Win

The New York Times's Louise Story and Gretchen Morgenson score a major scoop this morning with news that the SEC... More

Audit Notes: First FOIA Bank Run?, Demand a Second Opinion, Doctor

The big banks are continuing to fight Bloomberg's Freedom of Information lawsuit against the Fed, which would force it to... More

It’s Time for the Press to Push Back Against Apple

Yank iPad apps unless Apple cedes complete control over the right to publish

The Nieman Journalism Lab's Laura McGann has a disturbing report that ought to perk up every news organization that sees... More

Missing the Mortgage-Mod Story

Still think The Huffington Post is just an aggregator of lefty opinion and tabloid fluff? Okay, it's still that, but... 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


The new face of Richard Norris (GQ)

“‘Richard?’ I say. ‘Richard?’ I shove his shoulder and nothing happens. He is dead. He is on my watch and he is dead. I hear gurgling. Breathing. He’s on my watch and he is not dead.”

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”

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