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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

Big Hole in an NYT Story on Oil Prices

The New York Times writes that oil prices have been remarkably stable over the last year, settling into what it... More

A Tribune Lecture on Indebtedness

The Chicago Tribune scolds the government for taking on too much debt. And the paper knows whereof it speaks. Boy... More

Demolishing the Banks’ Anti-Consumer Spin

The banking industry has helped water down consumer financial protection by arguing that consumer protection is a job best done... More

Was the Citi Bailout Really a Good Deal?

Dean Baker pointed out a myopic Washington Post story on Saturday reporting that the Treasury will make a several-billion-dollar profit... More

Audit Notes: Unfair Size Advantage, Bumped Down, WSJ Win

Reuters Breakingviews finds another unfair advantage for the too-big-to-fail banks: They're paying less interest for deposits than their smaller competitors—a... More

Getting Foxy with Sulzberger at the WSJ

Vanity Fair's Michael Wolff reeled in a stunner this weekend from The Wall Street Journal: Well, on the front page... More

The WSJ’s Confusing Subscription Prices

I wrote yesterday that The Wall Street Journal's iPad pricing doesn't make sense. The paper will charge $17.99 a month... More

Audit Notes: Predators on the Block, iPad Pushback, Reuters on Toyota

The Wall Street Journal has a nice story about how slow-going it's been slimming down Citigroup. But what struck me... More

The Dead Go On the Record in The Wall Street Journal

The paper held Apple director’s newsmaking comments until after his death

A Wall Street Journal story yesterday on the death of Apple director Jerome York quoted eye-opening remarks York made to... More

What About Private Equity?

The industry is getting off easy while it destroys companies and jobs

This from The Wall Street Journal's Overheard on the Street is the stat of the day (okay, it ran yesterday):... More

Justice Says Wall Street Colluded to Gouge Cities and States

Bloomberg scoops (and Dow Jones follows without crediting) that the Justice Department says JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, and General... More

Audit Notes: Cramer Creamed, Elizabeth Warren, BofA Mods

Reason No. 5 billion not to listen to Jim Cramer or other market snake-oil salesmen: Jim Cramer said on CNBC's... More

LA Times Sees an Oncoming Option ARM Wave

The Los Angeles Times looks at the possible impending Option-ARM crisis, something we've asked for more coverage of for a... More

Newspaper Ads Tumbled to 1963 Levels Last Year

But iPad ads show an early glimmer of hope

The New York Times reports that newspaper advertising tanked by more than 27 percent last year, shedding $10 billion from... More

Audit Notes: Tax Break, Lehman CEO, WSJ Sports

The Journal is good to front a story on tax goodies for corporations, noting that JPMorgan Chase is about to... More

Too Big to Fail and Reform

Simon Johnson of Baseline Scenario points to a tough amendment to the not-so-tough Dodd financial-reform bill (so not-so-tough, in fact,... More

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

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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