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BW Focuses on the Temp Economy

BusinessWeek's good cover story this week looks at the temping of the American workforce. Wait a second, you say. Haven't... More

Times Shares

The idea of the day comes from Business Insider's Henry Blodget, who has some smart advice for Sulzbergers: Tap the... More

Audit Links: Jobless Stats, Reuters and SAC, LATe

The unemployment numbers came in worse than expected this morning and the Washington Post's Frank Ahrens points out that they're... More

WSJ Eyeballs Upcoming Bank of America Bonuses

The Wall Street Journal continues to spotlight the record—or near-record—pay coming on Wall Street. Remember Bank of America until recently... More

The Fed and AIG, Day Two

All too often the press seems to want to downplay stories broken by a competitor. So it's good to see... More

Thursday Links: More Fed/AIG, Reuters and SAC, Netflix

The New York Times's DealBook prints the Federal Reserve/AIG emails spotlighted in Bloomberg's scoop this morning, though as the FT's... More

WSJ Revisits the Carried-Interest Tax

What ever happened to the carried-interest tax? The Wall Street Journal looks at that today, reporting that hedge funds and... More

Bloomberg Continues to Lead on the Fed and AIG

Bloomberg has the story of the day today, an eye-raising scoop that the New York Federal Reserve, then headed by... More

Wednesday Links: Double Dip, Fed Failure, Chicago School

Randall W. Forsyth of Barron's is calling a double-dip recession, pointing to the declining money supply calculated by John Williams'... More

BW on How the Dems Watered Down Reform

Bloomberg's acquisition of BusinessWeek may be paying off for its journalism. The cover story in BW is by two Bloomberg... More

WSJ on the Russian Oligarchy’s Survival

The Wall Street Journal this morning profiles an aluminum tycoon on what he reveals about the Russian oligarchy's symbiotic relationship... More

Tuesday Links: The Great Ambiguity, ARMs Crisis, Bailing Out

The New York Times handles the economic-stats news well today with a story that points out the bright spots in... More

The Real Dow

The press almost never reports stock prices in context. It should.

You rarely see anyone, much less the press, report stock returns in inflation-adjusted terms. As we pointed out in October... More

NYT PINs Visa on Transaction Fees

How screwed up does an industry have to be for competition to increase prices? That's the smart question at the... More

Monday Links: The Busted Decade, Hearst’s Skiff, Apple’s Tablet

The Washington Post puts the economic disaster that was the 2000's into proper context with a story and some good... More

Tall Tales from Dubai

The Burj Khalifa in Dubai is a quarter-mile taller than any other office or residential tower in the world. It's... More

The Post Spotlights Secret-Chemicals Law

The Washington Post has an eye-opening story this morning on "secret chemicals" concealed from everyone but a few EPA officials... More

Best of 2009: Ryan Chittum

Chittum picks his top stories from 2009

1. Audit Interview: Mark Pittman "This is not business journalism’s finest hour. But it is our biggest opportunity ever." 2.... More

GQ Revisits Murdoch’s Snatching of the Journal

GQ has the story of the day in the business press—and not just because Audit Chief Dean Starkman and I... More

About That Journal Citi Story

Yesterday, I praised The Wall Street Journal for its fortitude in running a story saying hackers had stolen tens of... 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 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.”

Insufferable parenthetical asides, ranked (The Hairpin)

18. (strictly for the mise-en-scene)

You are now entering the demented kingdom of William T. Vollmann (TNR)

“Franzen tells a hilarious story of being a young writer in New York, meeting Vollmann, becoming fast friends, and inaugurating a draft swap. A while later, they exchanged work. Franzen gave Vollmann a dozen chiseled pages. Vollmann gave Franzen an entire novel.”

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