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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

Audit Notes: Uh Oh, Joe Cassano; Asian Markets; BW Hires

Reuters reports that AIG may have misled investors on material information related to its exposure to subprime mortgages. Investigative reporter... More

Mortgage Securitization in the Roaring Twenties

Floyd Norris has a fascinating column today on new research that shows, yet again, that there's nothing new under the... More

Bloomberg’s Reilly Wrecks the Lex on Fed/AIG

Bloomberg's David Reilly has a terrific column up today on the New York Federal Reserve and what's wrong with its... More

Audit Notes: Lex Dreck, Recourse, Extend and Pretend

This is a bad sentiment for a journalist to have: Postmortems are revealing. But too much poking is damaging. That's... More

Goldman, Gawker, and the Journal

Here's a good example of reporting by old media getting amplified and expanded upon by new media. The Wall Street... More

Newsday Paywall Is Barely Affecting Local Traffic

The news that Newsday has signed up just thirty-five online subscribers since it put its Web site behind a paywall... More

Bloomberg’s One-Source Stories

One of the essentials of writing a news story is to talk to more than one source. That's so basic... More

Audit Notes: Schedule AIG, Leveraging Pensions, Bank Labor v. Capital

The mysterious AIG Schedule A, which the Federal Reserve concealed from the public (read our account here of how reporter... More

Outside the Forties

We've often complained that the press, much less politicians and the regulators, are still playing three-yards-and-a-cloud-of dust ball between the... More

Advancing the AIG Story

Today is AIG day and there's lots of interesting stuff out there in the press (not to mention Geithner live... More

Advertising for Apple

AdAge points out that Apple's new tablet may not exactly part the sea for the press, but it will probably... More

Audit Notes: The Newsday 35, WSJ Sun, Davos

The New York Observer's John Koblin has had a busy day. First he broke a story on Newsday's paywall, which... More

Revisiting the SIGTARP AIG Investigation

The AIG backdoor-bailout story continues to build, with the TARP special inspector general now re-opening an investigation into the matter.... More

Audit Notes: Counterparties Relevant, Goldman/AIG, Beck on Stocks

We've been asking this question for a few months now: Why did Tim Geithner tell the TARP special inspector general... More

Steve Jobs, Holy Moses

Moses has been in the news a lot lately thanks to that more-modern oracle over at 1 Infinite Loop: Steve... More

The Press Angle of the Fed’s Backdoor-Bailout Cover-up

Geithner’s New York Fed responded to a FOIA by withholding more information

Whatever Tim Geithner's New York Fed was trying to hide in the AIG backdoor bailout was so volatile it was... More

Blowing Up at the Murdoch Journal

Barry Ritholtz rips The Wall Street Journal a new one today, saying that "Under Murdoch, the paper has become politicized... More

What Does Tim Geithner Really Think About the Volcker Rule?

The New York Times, in a story about the sudden, somewhat shocking ascendance in the Obama orbit of the long-ignored... More

Obama (Finally) Gets Tough on Wall Street

In stunning news this morning, President Obama has reversed course and will propose a kind of Glass-Steagall II, as well... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


The White House deploys minders to interviews all the time (WaPo)

“Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between reporters and the proverbial ‘senior administration officials’ is conducted in the presence of a press staffer”

The down-and-dirty history of TMZ (BuzzFeed)

“TMZ’s real engine — what defines its mission, what legitimizes it and sets it apart — is a unique and controversial mix of scandal mongering and investigative journalism”

The 10 worst New Yorker longreads (Gawker)

“[A]pparently [Adam] Gopnik did not know you could bake fancy breads from France and other cultures. So he got his mom to teach him how to bake them. A fine anecdote, maybe, to tell a friend or a therapist. But in this case he wrote about it for the New Yorker, a magazine.”

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