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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

Good WSJ Story on the Wall Street-Subprime Nexus

The Wall Street Journal has a good scoop on a story showing the connection of Wall Street to the shadier... More

Friday Links: A Contrite Banker, Pay to Play, Gutting SOX

Bloomberg finds a contrite banker, John Reed the former CEO of Citigroup who merged it with Sandy Weill's Travelers in... More

Dow Jones on the Paper-It-Over Economy

Dow Jones Newswires breaks an excellent story on Wells Fargo's efforts to delay its day of reckoning on billions and... More

WSJ Spotlight Helps Get Results on Antitrust

The Wall Street Journal follows up this morning on its report on CVS Caremark's business practices six months ago. The... More

Thursday Links: Goldie’s Gall, Chait Check, FSA

The Wall Street Journal reported a couple of days ago that Goldman Sachs (an Audit funder) is trying to buy... More

Bloomberg Examines the Bank Lobby’s Armor

Bloomberg spotlights the Consumer Financial Protection Act and uses it as a jumping-off point for a smart story on the... More

Wednesday Links: Ad Comps, Recovery Engine, Coming Crash

The Wall Street Journal's Nat Worden makes the obvious point—one missed by some, including, apparently, lots of investors—that any potential... More

McClatchy: Goldman Laid Down with Dogs

Dean Starkman has been applauding McClatchy's series on Goldman Sachs (an Audit funder) for a couple of days now. Add... More

Bloomberg: Moneychangers in the Temples

Bloomberg notices that three prominent bankers in recent weeks have taken to UK churches to make the case that they're... More

Friday Links: Pearlstein’s Fairy Tale, WSJ’s Results, Galleon

Steven Pearlstein has an excellent column in the Washington Post today explaining the problem with Wall Street compensation policies for... More

On a Diet on the Second Front

Here's a good example of the Murdoch-era Wall Street Journal short-arming a potentially interesting story. The paper reports on B1... More

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

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