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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

The Lehman Scandal Breaks Wide Open

Will Repo 105 be the Chewco and JEDI of this crisis, and are we finally about to see some people... More

Audit Notes: Investigative Budgets, Cable BS, The Audit Outsourced

Amount the Lehman Brothers court examiner spent to investigate that single company: $38 million. Amount Congress has budgeted for the... More

The Really Real S&P 500

I wrote a post called "The Real Dow" a couple of months ago about how the press almost always fails... More

Gensler, Derivatives, and the Causes of the Crisis

A Times story brings up several critical points for coverage of Wall Street and reform

The New York Times profiles Gary Gensler, the Goldman alum and former deregulation advocate who's now pursuing reform with the... More

Audit Notes: FT “News,” Overdrafts Over at BofA, No Marketwatchdog

There they go again. The Financial Times has a scoop so big it thought it decided we media types couldn't... More

Cranston Attorney Now a Journal Star

It's probably a bad sign if you're a Rhode Island lawyer who's the subject of two page-one Wall Street Journal... More

Times Peeks Inside CFPA Dealmaking

The New York Times has a great scoop on the making of the Consumer Financial Protection Agency bill sausage. No... More

Audit Notes: Sorkin GOP, Multi-Task Meacham, Salmon, Simon

Andrew Ross Sorkin dips his toe into political commentary today in his DealBook column. Maybe he should stick to mergers:... More

Big Money, No Funny

I get that everybody's trying to hop on the video bandwagon now since ad CPMs are so much higher than... More

Credit Cards, Credit Scores, and Citigroup

In case you didn't know it—the banks still have you over a barrel. David Lazarus of the Los Angeles Times... More

Lowenstein’s Consumer Protection Stinker

Faulty logic and a false choice on banks

Roger Lowenstein is too contrarian for his own good with his latest Bloomberg column. He writes that "Smart Banks With... More

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

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