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The Long Short

Bloomberg has an interesting tale about hedge-fund biggie Bill Ackman's "greatest short ever," in an excerpt of a forthcoming book... More

Audit Notes: Hapless SEC, Murdoch’s Mega-Losses, BofA Repo 105

Just when you thought your opinion of the SEC couldn't get any lower, the Washington Post goes and looks at... More

Wall Street Stayed Put Despite Pay Fixes

Wall Street is a slippery beast. Whenever it's faced with the prospect of regulatory circumscription, it threatens to take its... More

Audit Notes: Greenspan’s Gall, Presidentializing Markets, Megabanks

Barry Ritholtz wrote an excellent post explaining to Alan Greenspan why, yes, his low-interest-rate policies were critical in the creation... More

Murdoch’s Unhealthy Obsession

Taking on The New York Times isn’t risk-free for the Journal

Richard Pérez-Peña has several interesting bits in his piece on the soon-to-commence Battle for New York between his own New... More

Audit Notes: Better Cohan, Ernst Whopper, WSJ Walkback

I was highly critical of a William D. Cohan piece in the Times two weeks ago pleading for mercy for... More

Pittman-Bloomberg Fed Lawsuit Scores Again

Bloomberg has won another victory in its battle to force the Federal Reserve to reveal details of its multi-trillion-dollar bailouts—ones... More

Newser, The Fly on the Wall, and Aggregation

Rarely will you see an aggregator state his business model so forthrightly as Michael Wolff, founder of Newser, does today... More

Audit Notes: Hiltzik on Lehman, Regulator Bonuses, iPad Ads

Los Angeles Times columnist Michael Hiltzik pulls a non-Repo 105 angle out of the Valukas Report on Lehman Brothers' collapse:... More

Another New York Judge Embarrasses the SEC

Will Judge William Pauley III now join Judge Jed Rakoff as one of the few heroes of the crisis? The... More

Problems in an NYT Column

The paper quoted anonymous sources on a Lehman whistleblower but offered no chance for a response

There are some real journalistic lapses in a New York Times column Tuesday that quoted anonymous sources about a Lehman... More

Audit Notes (All-Lehman Edition): Round-Trip, Clueless, Felix on Fire

Francine McKenna of Re: The Auditors weighs in on the Chittum/Carney fracas over Lehman prosecutions. She's on the side of... More

Reuters Is Excellent in Digging Up a Health Insurer’s Tactics

Reuters has an eye-opening investigation today showing how the health-insurance company Assurant Health (formerly called Fortis) systematically targeted sick patients... More

WSJ on a New Municipal “Move Your Money” Push

The Wall Street Journal has an excellent story this morning on a nascent trend among municipalities to put their money... More

Audit Notes: Battle of NYC, Fed, Complexity, Big Mac Subsidies

About the last thing we need now is a newspaper war, but Rupert Murdoch is Rupert Murdoch, so here we... More

Leeway for Lehman Brothers

Clusterstock’s Carney trips all over himself arguing against prosecutions

I suppose we shouldn't be surprised that John Carney thinks "We Should Not Criminally Prosecute Lehman Executives." After all, this... More

Audit Notes: Strong Leder, Online Ads, CNBC Deathmatch

The Wall Street Journal has a very good leder today looking at how the dearth of credit is crimping... More

Blogs Beat the Press on the Lehman Brothers Scandal

And just like that the Lehman Brothers scandal drops off the front pages. And not just the front pages—the section... More

Michael Lewis Drops Some Wisdom on Wall Street

I haven't read Michael Lewis's sure-to-be blockbuster The Big Short yet, but everybody ought to watch his appearance on 60... More

Audit Notes: Google “Grandeur,” Toxic Pet, Stop the Presses?

Valleywag's Ryan Tate hammers Google about its "Six Delusions of Grandeur." Tate points to this stunning quote in Fortune from... 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


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”

The down-and-dirty history of TMZ (BuzzFeed)

“TMZ’s real engine — what defines its mission, what legitimizes it and sets it apart — is a unique and controversial mix of scandal mongering and investigative journalism”

Bloggingheads

Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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