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The Debt Privilege

We all know too much debt is at the root of the economic crisis. And we've seen lots of step-back... More

Misplaying the SIGTARP Report

Did the Federal Reserve have any leverage in its negotiations with AIG counterparties, the ones it paid one hundred cents... More

The Backdoor-Bailout Report Coverage

Here's a win for the press, namely The New York Times and Bloomberg. The government, or one of its internal... More

Monday Links: New Bubble; Raters; Government Support

Steven Pearlstein says the Federal Reserve still hasn't learned its lesson about credit bubbles. Pearlstein adds to the growing chorus... More

Bloomberg: Bankers Doubling Down in Vegas

Bloomberg has an interesting real estate story showing how banks are getting entangled in the wreckage of their loans. Deutsche... More

Survey: Half of U.S. Would Pay (a Pittance) for Online News

The New York Times reports on a new survey that says half of Americans would pay for news online if... More

Friday Links: Conspiracy Check, Weak TBTF Defenses, The Road

Gary Weiss at The Big Money takes a good look at five conspiracy theories about Wall Street and ranks their... More

Missing the Big Pfizer Kelo Story

The NYT is first out of the gate nationally four days after the news broke.*

(UPDATE: Ted Mann of The Day points out that he wrote a news story before the Times on the Kelo... More

A Perfect Bit of Uncountered PR Nonsense on Overdrafts

The Federal Reserve is effectively banning the "overdraft protection" racket on debt cards by forcing banks to make customers opt-in... More

Thursday Links: 10,000 Applications, Glass Steagall Day, TARP

The Washington Post reports on the jobless "recovery," a term it's still too early to use for the economy given... More

NYT Examines the Impact of the Crisis on Kids

A few weeks ago I praised a Sesame Street special, of all things, for putting a human face on the... More

WSJ Tinkers With a Perfectly Good Story

The Wall Street Journal has an interesting front-page story on tinkerers this morning, but the paper undermines it with a... More

Wednesday Links: Wages, Pre-rolling in It, State Capitalism, Po’ Boys

Breakingviews would like you to know, in its coldly calculating way, that Americans earn too much relative to the rest... More

A Snapshot of a Journalist at Work on Bear Stearns

With Bear Stearns' Ralph Cioffi and Matthew Tannin in the news, Janet Tavakoli passes along an excerpt from her new... More

Some Misses on the Bear Stearns Acquittals

The only Wall Street executives to be charged in the crisis walked away from a Brooklyn courthouse free men after... More

Tuesday Links: One-Source FT, Soaring APRs, Severance

The Financial Times runs one of those no-context, let's-quote-one-source-with-obvious-bias stories it likes to do, this one on global food corporations... More

Loyal Readers and Junk Traffic

The bottom 75 percent of newspaper Web visitors provide just 14 percent of page views

(See the first part of this post) What the Journal does have that nobody else does is more than a... More

What’s Murdoch Up to with Google and WSJ.com?

Google traffic is worth far less than $15 per user per month

Everybody's all inflamed about Rupert Murdoch bumbling through part of an interview on News Corp.'s Internet strategy in which he... More

Monday Links: Bad Stats, TBTF, “Less with Less”

The New York Times reports that "A widening gap between data and reality is distorting the government’s picture of the... More

LAT a Bit Wide of the Mark on Health Care

The Los Angeles Times's David Lazarus beats back an accusation of using a red herring—and then goes on to push... More

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

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