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DealBook’s sympathy for the SEC

NYT access gives the bumbling agency its preferred angle on Lehman inaction

The New York Times's DealBook once again publishes a story about how the valiant crimefighters at the SEC who really,... More

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Audit Notes: Daily Beast, Countrywide shareholders, a liberal in NYC

Tina Brown is out as editor of the money-bleeding website

It looks like The Daily Beast is in real trouble. Barry Diller is getting rid of Tina Brown, according to... More

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Here’s the 1 Thing You Need To Know About Why I Can’t Stop Looking At These 9 Questions You’re Too Embarrassed To Ask About headlines

The ancient history of a clickbait headline claimed by Ezra Klein for the Post

The stupid Internet news spat du jour features Ezra Klein accusing BuzzFeed of "straight stealing" one of the Washington Post's... More

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Audit Notes: Reporting numbers, The Onion on the hamster wheel, info consumerism

Francine McKenna on how to handle unaudited financials

Auditor-turned-journalist Francine McKenna, writing at Medium, has some cautionary advice for journalists on reporting unaudited and unverified financial information. She... More

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Advance Publications scraps AnnArbor.com

A return to The Ann Arbor News name and integration with MLive

Back in 2009, Advance Publications shut down the 174-year-old daily Ann Arbor News, unveiled a new website named AnnArbor.com, dropped... More

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A weakened Washington Post, a serious ethical breach

Erik Wemple hits his own paper for hopping the wall between ads and news

Erik Wemple breaks a huge media-corruption story for the Washington Post, and unfortunately for his employer, it's about the Post... More

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The minimum wage and the Danish Big Mac

In Denmark, higher wages mean higher prices but they’re still worth it

The Los Angeles Times drops into the debate over whether or how much prices would have to rise at fast-food... More

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Britain’s spooks don’t get the 4th estate

Oliver Robbins on the detention of David Miranda and the seizure of press communications

Last week I disembarked in Denmark to find myself already embroiled in European intrigue—an international espionage scandal, even. Okay, not... More

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Bubbles, bubbles everywhere

Stocks, like housing, are not detached from realistic prices

Press hysteria about another housing bubble seems to have cooled off a bit in the last few months. Which is... More

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Audit Notes: Complex collapse, Sears spiral, NYT

The Guardian on the Nasdaq systems failure

The Guardian has an excellent and disturbing take on the crash of Nasdaq's systems on Thursday: A series of system... More

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Those struggling $300,000-a-year households in the WSJ

A terribly boring story, spiced up by the minor discomforts of the rich

This Wall Street Journal day-in-the-life-of story from a couple weeks ago is even more boring than its headline—"What It's Like... More

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The WSJ short-arms a promising Amazon piece

On how physical retailers are getting more competitive on prices

The Wall Street Journal posts a very interesting blog item about how Amazon is showing signs that it's losing its... More

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Audit Notes: The Guardian, LAT on the OCR, Google bus piñata

The fallout continues from the paper’s latest revelations

Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger's bombshell column Monday night was one of the biggest pieces of media news in recent years.... More

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Audit Notes: Murdoch’s hacking scandal, disrupted, the fall of Detroit

The police eye the corporation in their hacking and bribery investigation

The Independent reported this weekend that the UK police are investigating Rupert Murdoch's News International (now called News UK) for... More

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Guardian bombshells in an escalating battle against journalism

Greenwald partner’s detention, prior-restraint threats, and smashed hard drives

Guardian Editor Alan Rusbridger filed an astonishing column tonight that shows just how far the British authorities are going to... More

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The Washington Post’s pension math

The Grahams didn’t effectively pay to unload the paper

Felix Salmon, my sometime colleague, has a typically good post about the economics of producing journalism. Read the whole thing,... More

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Innumeracy in The New York Times on Politico

Revenue is not profit, Ross Douthat

Ross Douthat has been writing a bit about how the Washington Post missed out on becoming Politico. Or owning Politico.... More

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Daily Beast doubles down on Big Mac minimum wage nonsense

Extrapolations collide with hard numbers

There's a petition signed by 100 left-leaning economists that proposes raising the minimum wage to $10.50 an hour. The petition... More

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Audit Notes: student loans and startups, Clinton’s cronies, mountains of salt

The Atlantic’s critical look at a WSJ report

The Atlantic's Jordan Weissmann has a good takedown of a Wall Street Journal story reporting that ballooning student loans are... More

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Audit Notes: Waywire and Booker, One Weird Trick, souped-up gentrification

The sketchy startup is still raising money from investors

Talking Points Memo has a nice follow-up on the NYT's Cory Booker/Waywire story, reporting that the "ridiculous" company, despite having... 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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