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WSJ: Hey, Readers—Your Jobs Aren’t That Important

I really like this page-one Wall Street Journal story today looking at the financialization of the economy over the past... More

Pearlstein: Fundamental Reform for Credit Ratings

Steven Pearlstein does well to keep the credit-ratings firms in the spotlight, a place it seems they've been all too... More

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Michael Mandel of BusinessWeek calculates some rough numbers on journalism employment. Newspaper employment is fast approaching a 50 percent decline... More

Missing the Point on the Anglicization of the WSJ

“Come a cropper” is the least of the paper’s problems

It's good to see somebody else notice the Anglicization of the The Wall Street Journal. It's not good that that... More

“Learned, Baroque, and Quite Frequently Terrifying”

The New Republic profiles the Financial Times’s Martin Wolf

We're big fans of the Financial Times's Martin Wolf here at The Audit. His Wednesday columns and occasional takeouts are... More

A WSJ Deal Column After The Audit’s Own Heart

It's not often you see something like this in the financial press. David Weidner writes on The Wall Street Journal... More

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Felix and Barry do it. So can I! The NYT says China's slap back at the U.S. tire tariff may... More

Mint Makes a Mint

But press coverage of the $170 million deal leaves a bad taste

The press, institutionally, has an all-too-short memory. But have we already forgotten some of the lessons of the tech bubble,... More

Trade, “Buy American,” and the Journal

Trade reporting has picked up in the last couple of days after the Obama administration slapped a fat tariff on... More

WSJ Will Charge for Mobile Access

Rupert Murdoch is putting his money—or more accurately, "your money"—where his mouth is, announcing that his Wall Street Journal will... More

The Press Hypes This Morning’s Retail Sales Numbers

There they go again. The press is out of the gate with the first news stories on the retail sales... More

Anniversary Stories, Lehman Brothers, and Bloomberg

We're still wading through the anniversary stories in the business press, one year after the collapse of Lehman Brothers triggered... More

Looking at BusinessWeek’s Prospects

Somebody finally got a hold of the BusinessWeek sale documents, and they clarify the magazine's prospects a bit. The New... More

BW Looks at Effectiveness of Proposed Reforms

We've been watching press coverage of regulatory reform closely here at The Audit for several months. The press has done... More

Lessons from “Sesame Street”

PBS hits home with a look at the economic fallout on families

Last night, I saw some of the best journalism on regular working folks that I've seen in some time. But... More

WSJ: Some Restaurant Won’t Take Cash Now

File this one under odd news judgment: A Greenwich Village restaurant is no longer taking cash. The Wall Street Journal... More

The Times on a Real Estate Deal Gone (Deservedly) Bad

The New York Times on page one today looks at the fate of the buyout of Manhattan's Stuyvesant Town and... More

WSJ on the Prospects for Reform

The Wall Street Journal has an okay page-one look at the prospects for financial reform, concluding that they've "faltered" as... More

The Times Takes on Overdraft “Protection”

The New York Times goes big this morning on the overdraft "protection" racket with a front-page story looking at this... More

Somebody Else (!) Takes on the Murdoch Journal

The blog NYTPicker, in the course of praising a page one Times story yesterday, turns its critical eye on The... 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 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.”

Insufferable parenthetical asides, ranked (The Hairpin)

18. (strictly for the mise-en-scene)

You are now entering the demented kingdom of William T. Vollmann (TNR)

“Franzen tells a hilarious story of being a young writer in New York, meeting Vollmann, becoming fast friends, and inaugurating a draft swap. A while later, they exchanged work. Franzen gave Vollmann a dozen chiseled pages. Vollmann gave Franzen an entire novel.”

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