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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

Audit Notes: Say What, CME?; Magnetar Wrong; A Monster, All Right

Felix Salmon examines the newly released unredacted version of the Valukas Report and finds what he calls a scandal in... More

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

Why won’t journalists ask Bill Cosby the tough questions? - Sexual assault charges are hardly ever mentioned to the TV star

Knoxville’s alt-weekly wasn’t losing money. It got shut down anyway - Scripps pulls the plug on Metro Pulse in favor of an entertainment supplement for the local daily

Chuck Todd’s Obama book says more about the author than it does about the president - ‘The Stranger’ underscores a broader problem with the way we cover politics

Beware labeling Pope Francis a liberal - Political boxes like liberal/conservative and evolutionist/creationist miss his real significance

The Virginian-Pilot produces a breakthrough investigation amid layoffs - Reporter John Holland discusses how the story came together, newsroom cutbacks, and colleagues who cover for each other


Which media outlets use ‘illegal immigrant’? (Fusion)

“[I]n spite of all the good reasons not to use the phrase, it is still very easy to find in the US press, even in headlines”

Jack Shafer on losing his job (Capital New York)

“Right now, my immediate plan is to go to work as a lay therapist at The Intercept to bring the healing there so John Cook and Matt Taibbi can return. I have great interpersonal skills.”

On outlets that continue to call unknown drone victims ‘militants’ (The Intercept)

“Like the US drone program itself, this deceitful media practice continues unabated”

UNITY’s convention is no more (All Digitocracy)

“The organization’s board of directors decided that UNITY will no longer host the quadrennial conferences for which it had become known”

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