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The New York Times Demonizes the Bond Market

Did you know there's a fight to the death going on in Europe? The NYT covers it today, under the... More

A Super Journal Story on “Death-Debt” Collectors

Bank proxies harassing grieving family members to give money they don’t owe

The Wall Street Journal had an outstanding story this weekend on so called death-debt collectors—an industry that makes money by... More

A Vulture Fund Sob Story

Matt Wirz probably can’t be held responsible for the headline the WSJ put on his story today — “For Vultures,... More

An NYT Default Story Has Finance Industry Tunnel Vision

The paper gets it all wrong on Argentina’s lessons for Greece

The New York Times posted a truly awful story online yesterday headlined "Argentina's Default Offers a Cautionary Tale for Greece."... More

Bloomberg Bird-Dogs Meredith Whitney’s Terrible Call

Remember Meredith Whitney's apocalyptic predictions on the municipal-bond market last year? Bloomberg News does. And it makes sure Whitney and... More

Bloomberg News Pops the Meredith Whitney Bubble

The analyst can’t back up key 60 Minutes assertions that worsened a muni-bond panic

Bloomberg News lands some real blows on analyst Meredith Whitney in a terrific story this morning. Whitney, famously—or infamously—went on... More

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Burying the lede

“I’m in journalism school. Am I an idiot?” That depends

This American Life host Ira Glass recently did an “Ask Me Anything” on Reddit. “Sound_Sop” asked him: “It’s 2012 and... More

It’s the WSJ’s Turn on Romney’s Private Equity Record

Mitt Romney's tenure at private-equity firm Bain Capital is the gift that will keep on giving for journalists. Reuters reported... More

The Journal Shines a Light on Modern Debtors’ Prisons

The paper finds creditors, including folks like AIG, getting thousands thrown in jail

The Wall Street Journal has an excellent story today reporting on the country's modern-day debtors' prisons, which I'd thought were... More

The WSJ Is Needlessly Skeptical of GM’s Deleveraging

Sharon Terlep's story on GM trying to pay down its debt is a great indicator of how the leverage-is-good meme... More

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The AP on Student Loan Hell

A 2005 law traps borrowers in private debt

The Associated Press takes a good look at how a 2005 law traps borrowers in private student loans—upending the whole... More

The History of Austerity

It’s grim—all the way back to Napoleon

One of the best aspects of being a journalist is that you get to talk at length to the most... More

The ethics of The Guardian’s Whisper bombshell - It would have been a journalistic lapse not to have told readers

Gawker: The internet bully - Nick Denton’s media empire is an intellectual online fraternity that invites people to their parties only to make them buy the booze

The Washington Post short-sells a reporter’s integrity - Steven Pearlstein smears TheStreet’s Adam Feuerstein for criticizing a biotech firm

Former Sun-Times staffers react to top reporter’s resignation - “Whereas we don’t have all the answers, we have way too many questions about what happened here”

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks


‘My Captivity’ (NYT Mag)

An American journalist on his two-year kidnapping in Syria

FBI faked an AP story, in Seattle Times style, to catch a suspect (Seattle Times)

“‘We are outraged that the FBI, with the apparent assistance of the US Attorney’s Office, misappropriated the name of The Seattle Times to secretly install spyware on the computer of a crime suspect,’ said Seattle Times Editor Kathy Best”

How one reporter copes inside the ‘Ebola bubble’ (BuzzFeed)

“Bring gloves to give nurses you meet at clinics, even if you’re there for a story. Get small change to give to the kids who have been out of school for months and are selling ground nuts for pitiful sums on the side of road. Hell, give them candy. Violate all the principles of ostensibly good aid stewardship, because the good stewardship of the developed world didn’t get help here in time, and now everyone is dying around you.”

Fake news sites using Facebook to spread Ebola panic (The Verge)

“These sites claim to be satirical but lack even incompetent attempts at anything resembling humor”

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