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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

NYT’s Carr Finds Something New to Say about Oprah

The New York Times's David Carr has a very smart column this morning analyzing Oprah Winfrey's massive, sustained business success.... 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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