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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

Audit Notes: A Tax a Reaganite Can Love, Cramer, Mad Max

David Stockman, who was in the Reagan cabinet as budget director, comes out swinging for a too-big-to-fail bank tax in... More

Bloomberg Punctures the Fed’s French Excuse

Bloomberg advances the AIG/French-banks story today quite a little bit. That's the one where the Fed said it had to... More

The NYT Will Charge Online

That’s a good thing

It's official. The New York Times says it will stop giving away its expensive-to-produce paper online and institute a metered... More

Audit Notes: FCIC’s Missing Media, What Crisis?, L’Affaire AIG

What did we miss as press coverage of the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission fizzled last week? On Friday, we pointed... More

Citi Not Quite As Awful As Last Year, Says Dow Jones

Here's a strange Wall Street Journal headline (of a Dow Jones Newswires story): "Citi Loss Narrows." Yeah—to $7.6 billion. Is... More

The WSJ on Another Junk-Debt Boom

The bubble is back. If you hadn't already figured that out, that's the lesson from The Wall Street Journal's excellent... More

Audit Notes: Ignoring State Regs, Busy Bhatia, Volcker Vacuum

The Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission talked to state regulators—the only ones with credibility on the predatory-lending issue and you might... More

A WSJ Story Shows TBTF Effects on the Market

The Wall Street Journal is excellent today to spotlight a sudden jump in ARM interest rates on New Year's Eve... More

Steven Pearlstein: Then and Now

What a difference a year makes! Here's the Washington Post's Steven Pearlstein last February: These guys won’t be happy until... More

Audit Notes: Goldie’s AIG CDS, Smarter Readers, Adversarial Stance

James Keller has an interesting post over at RealClearMarkets on the Goldman Sachs/AIG controversy, which he says is "Likely Worse... More

Parsing the Latest Online-Charging Poll

There's yet another poll out there reporting the obvious: Most people say they won't pay for something they get for... More

Revisiting the Journal’s TBTF Citi Story

Yves Smith of Naked Capitalism calls me out for swallowing a Wall Street Journal story showing the Citigroup side in... More

Audit Notes: Frontrunning, Walk Away!, Housing (Still) Deteriorating

The New York Times reports that Goldman Sachs admitted in an email to clients it has traded ahead of its... More

Indirect Subsidies Are Bailouts, Too

Dan Gross at Slate pushes back against the false notion that the banks have paid back all their bailouts—a nasty... More

HuffPost Expands on the Obama Bank-Tax Plan

That bank-tax reported yesterday looks like it will be broader and tougher than initially reported. The Huffington Post quotes a... More

Audit Notes: Goner Jobs, Angelides Questions, More AIG

The WSJ warns that any recovery in employment is going to be slowed by the fact that many of the... More

Why The New Yorker’s radical feminism and transgenderism piece was one-sided - “This effectively advances the views of a group that wants to see the genocide of trans women, a group that, data shows, faces extraordinarily high rates of discrimination in every measurable way”

Journalism groups rally around a petition supporting James Risen - The Supreme Court ruled against the NYT reporter, who is refusing to reveal sources

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

Gannett’s changes bring excitement, some pain, and a full-time beer beat - A conversation with Joshua Awtry, the chain’s top editor in the Carolinas

Build the future - Journalism’s deathwatch is over


Last call (Medium)

“The death of newspapers is sad, but the threatened loss of journalistic talent is catastrophic. If that’s you, it’s time to learn something outside the production routine of your current job.”

Maureen Dowd on James Risen (NYT)

“Risen may be trapped in Ibsen, but Obama is channeling Orwell”

Preparing yourself to cover chaos (Medium)

“There are things you should know before you show up, and you’re not going to find them in the current news cycle”

Journalists can get PTSD right at their desks (PSmag)

A new study correlates exposure to violent images with mental health symptoms

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Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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