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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

Google Is Not a Heroic Defender of Privacy

The New York Times reports that a coalition, including companies like Google, is trying to push tougher privacy laws for... More

Audit Notes: NYTPad, Perp Walks, Warren’s War

What will a newspaper look like on the iPad? Here's a blurry sneak peek of screenshots of The New York... More

Bloomberg on the CDO Shuffle That Helped Break AIG

Bloomberg dropped a major investigation today on the AIG collapse, shedding much-needed light on the conflicted role of CDO managers... More

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks

Des Moines Register prepares for a ‘very stressful’ newsroom restructuring - Editor Amalie Nash speaks on turnover, transformation, and a virtual reality adventure

PBS pulls ads from Harper’s Magazine after critical essay - Piece argues public broadcaster has fallen under the sway of political influence and outside money

Should all journalists be on Twitter? - Reasons to take up or forgo the 140-character platform

The Tennessean is borrowing reporters from other Gannett papers - Music columnist Peter Cooper is latest journalist to part ways with Nashville paper


How one reporter copes inside the ‘Ebola bubble’ (BuzzFeed)

“Bring gloves to give nurses you meet at clinics, even if you’re there for a story. Get small change to give to the kids who have been out of school for months and are selling ground nuts for pitiful sums on the side of road. Hell, give them candy. Violate all the principles of ostensibly good aid stewardship, because the good stewardship of the developed world didn’t get help here in time, and now everyone is dying around you.”

Fake news sites using Facebook to spread Ebola panic (The Verge)

“These sites claim to be satirical but lack even incompetent attempts at anything resembling humor”

How Ben Bradlee dealt with flacks (Washington Post)

“I would like to be sure that you understand that we trust our editors’ news judgement and that we distrust yours”

Ben Bradlee, 93 (WaPo)

“From the moment he took over The Post newsroom in 1965, Mr. Bradlee sought to create an important newspaper that would go far beyond the traditional model of a metropolitan daily”

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