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Thursday Links: FDIC Fudge, Plutocracy, Pale Sales

Bloomberg's Jonathan Weil says the FDIC is setting a real fine example for its charges by fudging its own books.... More

NYT Inside the Comcast-GE Deal

The New York Times is just flat-out impressive this morning on the Comcast deal for NBC Universal. Its Andrew Ross... More

A WSJ Look at Creepy Iranian Repression

The Wall Street Journal has an important piece of foreign reportage on the front page this morning. Farnaz Fassihi reports... More

Wednesday Links: Sí, SI; NYCWSJ; NHL Dollar

I've thought for a while now that the last best hope for newspapers and magazines was some sort of e-reader... More

They’re Baaack

A crucial FT report shows egregious Bubble Era lending practices returning

David Leonhardt is somewhat sanguine about the state of the financial system given its apparent steadiness after the Dubai World... More

A Little WSJ Slice of Trump’s Life

Here's a good Wall Street Journal story this morning on yet another Trump feud, this one with a former casino... More

Tuesday Links: Goldie’s Guns, WSJ.com, Reprints

Alice Schroeder, Buffett's biographer, writes in her Bloomberg column that she hears anecdotally that Goldman Sachs (an Audit funder) bankers... More

Just Another Cyber Monday

Oh, brother. The fifth annual round of "Cyber Monday" stories are here to hype a pure concoction of the online... More

Moral Force

Why Mark Pittman matters

The first time I ever talked to Pittman was for an Audit Interview back in February. We do these Q&A's... More

Monday Links; Pittman Roundup, Carr Elegy for NYC Media

Paul Conley, who worked for the late Mark Pittman at Bloomberg, memorializes Pittman as a "a bigger-than-life, over-the-top, lovable stereotype... More

Questionable News Judgment of the Day

Why does The Wall Street Journal put a fourth-day news story about a golfer's minor car accident on page-two today?... More

Mark Pittman, Bloomberg’s Bulldog, Dies at 52

We were stunned to learn a couple of days ago of top Bloomberg investigative reporter Mark Pittman's death. As I... More

Wednesday Links: Interchange, Make Believe, Overstock Junket

The New York Times continues its series on plastic, looking at how capping interchange fees on credit cards has played... More

The Press Underplays the Bad-Banks News

The major business press underplays news from the FDIC that its troubled-banks list soared to more than 550 in the... More

The Big Money: Shoppers Beware

Heidi N. Moore makes some fine points in a piece over at The Big Money that riffs off Best Buy... More

WSJ Goes Easy on Private Equity in Oz

Why does The Wall Street Journal think tax enforcement is "hostility"? That's what a news report on the front of... More

Tuesday Links: Sorkin, De-Indexing, the Google Problem

Yves Smith of Naked Capitalism shreds Andrew Ross Sorkin's column on Congress finally stiffening its spine today. The headline betrays... More

FT’s Wolf: Windfall Tax Wall Street

It's been somewhat baffling how little taxation has been discussed in the press as a possible answer to the problems... More

Murdoch, Microsoft, and Google

Getting paid for indexing news wouldn’t amount to much

So Rupert Murdoch is indeed trying to squeeze the search engines for some cash, something we figured a couple of... More

BusinessWeek on Wall Street’s Nerve

BusinessWeek's cover story this week on how Wall Street's shenanigans are threatening already-reeling local governments is a must-read. The lede... 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

Journalists subpoenaed in ‘pink-slime’ suit - BPI wants emails from NYT’s Michael Moss, public-health lawyer Michele Simon, and others

Bloomberg struggles to break out of the box - Justin Smith’s ambitious digital transformation hits some bumps

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

Embedded with the Koch brothers - Hometown reporters get rare access to the media-shy oilmen, with mixed results


James Fallows on David Frum’s asserted, then retracted, charge the NYT ran fake photos of Gaza

“For all their blind spots and flaws, reporters on the scene are trying to see, so they can tell, and the photographic and video reporters take greater risks than all the rest, since they must be closer to the action. For people on the other side of the world to casually assert that they’re just making things up—this could and would drive them crazy.”

The 60-second interview: Marty Baron (Capital New York)

CAPITAL: I just noticed that the most-read story right now on your website is an aggregated piece about a Russian lizard sex station in space. BARON: [Laughs] Is that right?

Your iPhone can now make free encrypted calls (Wired)

The beginning of the end of burner phones?

The new face of Richard Norris (GQ)

“‘Richard?’ I say. ‘Richard?’ I shove his shoulder and nothing happens. He is dead. He is on my watch and he is dead. I hear gurgling. Breathing. He’s on my watch and he is not dead.”

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

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