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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

Audit Notes: Glades Crusade, Greenspan Deflects, Whatever Happened to…?

The New York Times's excellent investigation into Florida's deal for thousands of acres in the Everglades finds an awful lot... More

Bloomberg Shows Banks Teetering with Market Prices

Some good reporting by Bloomberg today shows how the banking system is dependent on make-believe accounting to help prop it... More

Before Preemption There Was Riegle-Neal

That may be the least-SEO-friendly headline of all time, but hey, we're not the Huffington Post! This from the Journal's... More

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

New survey reveals everything you think about freelancing is true - Data from Project Word quantifies challenges of freelance investigative reporting

Why one editor won’t run any more op-eds by the Heritage Foundation’s top economist - A reply to Paul Krugman on state taxes and job growth made some incorrect claims

Why we ‘stave off’ colds - It all started with wine

The New Republic, then and now - Tallying the staff turnover at the overhauled magazine

Why serious journalism can coexist with audience-pleasing content - Legacy media organizations should experiment with digital platforms while continuing to publish hard news


The rise of feelings journalism (TNR)

“Bloom engaged in an increasingly popular style of writing, which I’ve discussed on my blog before, which I call “feelings journalism.” It involves a writer making an argument based on what they imagine someone else is thinking, what they feel may be another person’s feelings. The realm of fact, of reporting, has been left behind.”

Things a war correspondent should never say (WSJ)

“The correspondent retelling war stories surely knows that fellow correspondents had faced the same dangers or worse”

On WaPo trying to interview a cow (National Journal)

“‘I wasn’t milked on the White House lawn by a strange man,’ The Washington Post—the venerable institution that would later come to break the Watergate scandal and win 48 Pulitzers—quoted her, a farm animal, as saying”

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