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WSJ v. NYT: Securitization Smackdown

If you picked up both The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times this morning, your head may be... More

The Chasm Between the Value of Print and Web Readers

A person buying the paper brings twenty times the revenue of an online reader

After posting the unhappy news that newspaper ads are at 1965 levels, I thought it might be interesting to take... More

WSJ Weighs in on the Seattle Mayoral Race

For the second time in three days, The Wall Street Journal gives prominent play to the Seattle mayoral primary*. To... More

Newspaper Industry Ad Revenue at 1965 Levels

Inflation-adjusted numbers show papers are even worse off than you think

Martin Peers had a smart Heard on the Street in yesterday's Wall Street Journal on the critical question of how... More

The Post’s Misleading Deflation Number

I hate it when I see numbers reported without necessary context. A Washington Post story today on the economy reports... More

WaPo Delivers a Much-Needed “Wait a Second”

The economy faces a long, hard path to any real recovery

With all the positive talk about the economy in the press over the last couple of months, you'd think happy... More

WSJ Back to the Backdating Scandal

The Wall Street Journal, which broke the massive options-backdating scandal three years ago in one of the great enterprise stories... More

Blowing Up a Feeble Defense of Ben Stein

You'll recall Ben Stein's ethical lapse last month that got him fired from his plum Sunday business column in The... More

The NYT Looks at the FT’s Paywall

The New York Times this morning posts a not-very-good look at the paywall strategy of the Financial Times's Web site.... More

Watching the Elizabeth Warren Coverage

Still not good enough

I've beefed several times about the press giving Elizabeth Warren and her Congressional Oversight Panel short shrift. So I wanted... More

Sweet or Sour?

Bloomberg has an investing story today that doesn't tell readers a critical piece of information about the motives of its... More

Weidner: Wall Street, Still Wayward

David Weidner has a great column today on WSJ.com, but not in the newspaper apparently. Too bad. It deserves wider... More

If Congress Can’t Fend off the Classic-Car Lobby…

Who can it fend off? The LAT on a Cash for Clunkers loophole

The Los Angeles Times has an interesting—if a bit late—piece of reporting on the Cash for Clunkers program, which has... More

Investor’s Business Daily Short-Arms Correction

Investor's Business Daily corrected an embarrassing boo-boo in an editorial and in the process made another huge error. In an... More

NYT Puts Fox Business Spin in Context

This one's a small thing, but one that too many journalists don't do—probably because we're stereotypically bad at math. Brian... More

The WSJ is Crazy for IG’s

A rash of stories today in The Wall Street Journal about inspector-general reports on government agencies caught my eye this... More

The Judge Gets It Even If the Press Did Not

Last week I was stumped by the weak press coverage (with one notable exception, at The Wall Street Journal) of... More

More on Credit Card Overlimit Policies

I wrote earlier today about a Big Money piece on banks' dirty tricks and my own story of falling afoul... More

Half Right on Banks

This Big Money piece has half its heart in the right place. In one part, it's a tough look at... More

NYT Details Paulson/Goldman Contacts

A tip of The Audit's hat to some old-fashioned muckraking in The New York Times yesterday. Gretchen Morgenson and Don... More

Why won’t journalists ask Bill Cosby the tough questions? - Sexual assault charges are hardly ever mentioned to the TV star

Knoxville’s alt-weekly wasn’t losing money. It got shut down anyway - Scripps pulls the plug on Metro Pulse in favor of an entertainment supplement for the local daily

Chuck Todd’s Obama book says more about the author than it does about the president - ‘The Stranger’ underscores a broader problem with the way we cover politics

Beware labeling Pope Francis a liberal - Political boxes like liberal/conservative and evolutionist/creationist miss his real significance

The Virginian-Pilot produces a breakthrough investigation amid layoffs - Reporter John Holland discusses how the story came together, newsroom cutbacks, and colleagues who cover for each other


Which media outlets use ‘illegal immigrant’? (Fusion)

“[I]n spite of all the good reasons not to use the phrase, it is still very easy to find in the US press, even in headlines”

Jack Shafer on losing his job (Capital New York)

“Right now, my immediate plan is to go to work as a lay therapist at The Intercept to bring the healing there so John Cook and Matt Taibbi can return. I have great interpersonal skills.”

On outlets that continue to call unknown drone victims ‘militants’ (The Intercept)

“Like the US drone program itself, this deceitful media practice continues unabated”

UNITY’s convention is no more (All Digitocracy)

“The organization’s board of directors decided that UNITY will no longer host the quadrennial conferences for which it had become known”

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