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Audit Notes: God of Journalism, Pandit Panned, Wolff’s Own Medicine

The new-hire newsroom memo has long been a hotbed of puffery—a place where journalists consistently put aside their cynicism and... More

Carrying Water for White-Collar Criminals

William D. Cohan pleads for a Goldman convict to be pardoned

Edward Ericson Jr. of Baltimore City Paper points us to a long, weird William D. Cohan blog piece at New... More

Revisiting That Hyped WSJ Hedge-Fund Story

Last week, The Wall Street Journal ran an odd story on its front page headlined "Hedge Funds Pound Euro"—something Felix... More

Audit Notes: Bennett on Health Care, Fortune, WaPo Digital, Facebook

Bloomberg editor Amanda Bennett has a remarkable story today recounting her husband's battle with cancer, how much it cost to... More

TNR on Obama and Regulation

Secretary of Audit Dean Starkman has often criticized the press for its lackluster coverage of regulation, while acknowledging that it's... More

CNBC Millionaires Don’t Believe in Predatory Lending

Barry Ritholtz points to this ludicrous CNBC segment where everyone gangs up on Janet Tavakoli for pointing out the obvious:... More

Audit Notes: Monopoly Culture, Health Care, SNLers on CFPA

Thomas Frank reviews an interesting-looking book on monopolies in the American economy—one that argues that there are more than you... More

The NYT Muffs the Second-Day Fed-CFPA Story

The New York Times tries to play catch-up on the proposal to put the Consumer Financial Protection Agency inside the... More

Corporate Welfare Columns, Yea and Nay

The Washington Post's Steven Pearlstein takes on corporate welfare at the local level today and shows how such a column... More

Audit Notes: Deflation, SEC Wrist Slap, ARMs

It seems odd that the press hasn't written more about the threat of deflation. Paul Krugman, no inflation hawk he,... More

Newspapers’ Online Ads Are Worse Than You Think

Martin Langeveld points out something interesting in Scripps's fourth-quarter earnings: Those already-dismal online advertising numbers you've seen for newspapers? They're... More

Fed Up, Consumers Down

The Federal Reserve isn't exactly known as a friend of the little guy. And for good reason. So it borders... More

Audit Notes: CDS Ban, WSJ v. NYT, A No-Layoffs Policy

Wolfgang Munchau asks in the Financial Times why it's still legal to buy credit-default swaps when you don't own the... More

The Unemployed on the Payday Loan Treadmill

The Los Angeles Times reports that payday lenders are feasting on the jobless, taking huge chunks of their unemployment checks... More

Breakingviews Says This Out of Love, Goldman

Shorter Reuters Breakingviews: "The great Goldman Sachs, despite its greatness, should apologize for not living up to its higher standards... More

Audit Notes: North Dakota Tea, WSJ Heds, AP Charge

This is good bread-and-butter business reporting by The Wall Street Journal. It reports on an oil boom unfolding in North... More

No Context on the Fed’s New Fangs

Since when has the Federal Reserve been an investigative pit bull? Since never. But don't look to the major papers... More

Audit Notes: NYT CDS, Embargoes, Obama Folds

I had some reservation about the Times story on Greece and credit-default swaps this morning. Although I liked the idea... More

Reinflating the Bubble

A relative of mine just got this in the mail from Bank of America Home Loans (ie: Countrywide) offering to... More

Are Swaps Helping Create a Greek Death Spiral?

It's a good idea for The New York Times to point out that Wall Street is betting against Greece after... More

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins - A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud - A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies


The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

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