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Chittum, CJR Tweet Fleet Caught Napping

New York Times business editor Larry Ingrassia and TalkingBizNews's Chris Roush take me to the woodshed this morning for an... More

Audit Notes: Lehman Inquiries Spike, Salmon on Blogging, Derivatives

Charlie Gasparino of Fox Business News reports that investigators are now zooming in on three areas of Lehman's accounting, including... More

Krugman Throws Stone at Sorkin from His Glass House

It's New York Times columnist vs. New York Times columnist. Paul Krugman hammers his colleague Andrew Ross Sorkin for getting... More

More Shades of Enron in NYT’s Lehman Scoop

Lehman Brothers is smelling an awful lot like Enron these days. The New York Times splashes a scoop by Louise... More

Audit Notes: Median American Family, Bank Hole, A Wolff in Wolf’s Clothing

Listen up, business press: Zero Hedge runs a great guest post by Graham Summers looking at why Average Joe and... More

Old-Fashioned WSJ Leder Spotted in the Wild

The Wall Street Journal goes back to its roots with an excellent old-fashioned leder this morning. It's a well-told tale... More

ProPublica Humdinger on a Diabolical CDO Scheme

Investigation shows in detail how hedge-fund Magnetar gamed the system and kept the bubble going

Jesse Eisinger and Jake Bernstein of ProPublica have a fantastic investigation out today of Magnetar, a short-selling hedge fund that... More

WSJ Story Shows Repo 105 Was Just the Beginning

An excellent investigation uncovers Wall Street hiding its true debt levels

This is what you call a great piece of enterprise reporting. The Wall Street Journal this morning has a major... More

Audit Notes: FHLB Bomb, Subprime Fraud, Gannett Is Cheap

Bloomberg's Jon Weil has the Lede of the Day, writing about a "trillion-dollar time bomb": The Federal Home Loan Banks... More

Fortune FAIL: One-Source Story on Credit-Card Reform

Ah, the one-source story. Nasty habit of Bloomberg and the Financial Times—and now Fortune. The magazine interviews Wall Street analyst... More

Audit Notes: Waxman Whacks Wolff, Salon Whacks Wolff, Brooks Just Wack

Finally, somebody gets up the nerve to slap a cease-and-desist on Michael Wolff's parasitic Newser. Sharon Waxman and he have... More

Jamie Dimon and JP Morgan on the Dole

How the bank puts politicians and taxpayers over a barrel

The Wall Street Journal's front-page story on Jamie Dimon's efforts to prevent regulatory reform sent me off on a tangent... More

Compensation Complaints

The Wall Street Journal reports that Wall Street pay hit a record (asterisk attached) last year at $140 billion. That's... More

Backwards Steps by the WSJ and NYT on iPad

The papers cripple everyday Web features in their apps for a walled-in environment

I compared the design and content of the Times and Wall Street Journal on the iPad earlier. Now let's take... More

IPad Review: New York Times vs. Wall Street Journal

In a promising start, the Times looks a lot better, but the Journal is full-featured

First of all, let me say that the iPad is indeed a Big Deal. All those journalism-future discussions you've had... More

Audit Notes: Fed Foe of Big Banks, Executive Pay, Credit Tricks

The Huffington Post's Shahien Nasiripour interviews Kansas City Fed President Thomas Hoenig, a fierce opponent of too big to fail,... More

Krugman’s Too Big to Fail Straw Man

Paul Krugman has a poorly argued column today setting up straw men to argue his case for regulation. This is... More

SEC and You Shall Not Find

What is the SEC good for? That's what Bloomberg's Jon Weil asks. Good question. Why did it take a court-appointed... More

(Almost) All-Ivy Audit Notes: The Corporation, Repo 105, Complexity Trap

Justin Fox of the Harvard Business Review has the most interesting read of the day, an interview with historian Brian... More

Reuters’ Imaginary WSJ/NYT Price War

Reuters gets a story on the upcoming Wall Street Journal/New York Times Battle for New York all wrong. And PaidContent... 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 10 worst New Yorker longreads (Gawker)

“[A]pparently [Adam] Gopnik did not know you could bake fancy breads from France and other cultures. So he got his mom to teach him how to bake them. A fine anecdote, maybe, to tell a friend or a therapist. But in this case he wrote about it for the New Yorker, a magazine.”

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.”

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