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A Friend of The Audit passed us an email he got from The New York Times offering a package deal... More

Weil: Bank Balance Sheets Still an Unknown

Bloomberg's Jonathan Weil raises some good questions about what we really know about the banking industry's health this morning, looking... More

Gasparino’s Gossip Column

Charlie Gasparino really wants you to know that Wall Street executives are "nervous" and "feel betrayed" by Barack Obama. Is... More

CQ Stomps Out Newsroom Dissent

Setting a bad example by firing a veteran editor for impertinence

When the human-resources folks come for you, and in journalism these days that's not infrequent, you have to hope somebody... More

The Journal Edges to the Right

Charles Kaiser had a good piece this weekend questioning whether Rupert Murdoch's ideology has been seeping into the news pages... More

WaPo: How the Fed Failed to Protect Consumers

The Washington Post ran an excellent story yesterday looking at the Federal Reserve's utter failure to protect consumers—indeed to even... More

Now Bloomberg Calls it an Obama Bull Market

I nicked Bloomberg for a story in March calling the stock-market swoon an "Obama Bear Market." Now it's saying there's... More

Morgenson on a Mortgage Front

Gretchen Morgenson, unlike the rest of the press, pays attention to a Kansas court ruling last week that has potentially... More

Craigslist vs. the Aggregators

Wired's cover story this month is a terrific look at craigslist and why it's awesome and not very good, all... More

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The New York Times's Charles Duhigg continues his eye-opening investigation of the state of the nation's water quality, today looking... More

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

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


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

Bloggingheads

Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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