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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

Audit Notes: Rewrite, Taibbi’s Coffee, TBTF Antitrust

Jonathan Stray of the Nieman Journalism Lab finds that of 121 stories on Google hackers being traced to schools in... More

Was IndyMac a Sweetheart Deal or Just Sweet?

The Los Angeles Times is good to point out that the consortium of billionaires and might-as-well-be-billionaires, including George Soros and... More

When Government Acts Like Private Industry

The Wall Street Journal is good this morning to look at how public entities dirtied their hands in the bubble... More

Audit Notes: Underemployment, Rogue Industry, Schedule A

The St. Petersburg Times's has an excellent profile of an MBA who's gone from a six-figure job to bagging groceries... More

Bloomberg’s Overdraft Story Doesn’t Have the Goods

Bloomberg has its heart in the right place with a story on banks seeking new prey, err, revenue streams to... More

NYT Shows Banks Playing Dirty on Overdrafts

The New York Times is excellent to spotlight how banks are using aggressive marketing tactics to try to trick customers... More

Audit Notes: Goldman-Greece, Planet Money, Leverage Limits

The Wall Street Journal flooded the zone on the Goldman-Greece debt scandal with a troika of stories today. On page... More

The WSJ Is Hit and Miss on Geithner

The Wall Street Journal has some interesting reporting this morning on Tim Geithner—reporting that doesn't do him any good. But... More

Virginian-Pilot journalists: Corporate management pressure is stifling coverage - “Lovers of journalism in this newsroom are pissed. It’s bad.”

Paper files public records request—and city’s response is a lawsuit - Local officials argue Montana courts should strike balance between privacy and disclosure

BBC Pop-Up reports from small town America - A small team is traveling across the United States for six months in hopes of finding underreported local stories

What game design can do for journalism - Three newly selected fellows at American University talk about the medium’s future

Timeline, an app based on ‘the history of…’ - But chronology doesn’t reveal everything


We should all step back from security journalism (Medium)

“It should be made clear, in law, that the tasks security reseachers do to make the net more secure and journalists do to understand and contextualize the truth for the public are not crimes”

Trust In Business And Media Is Declining, But People Have Faith In Search Engines (Buzzfeed)

People have become less trusting of major institutions, according to the annual Edelman Trust Barometer. And large majorities doubt that businesses want to make the world a better place.

With New Charlie Hebdo Cover, News Value Should Have Prevailed (NYT)

Public editor Margaret Sullivan on why the paper should have published the images.

An Old Fogey’s Analysis of a Teenager’s View on Social Media (Medium)

“I feel the need to offer my perspective as someone who is not a teenager but who has thought about these issues extensively for years.”

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