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Corporate Welfare

Bloomberg Markets Finds the Rich Taking From the Poor

Bloomberg Markets has a terrific investigation into how a federal program meant to spur redevelopment in poor areas is funneling... More

L.A. Times Examines Trump’s Gold-Plated Corporate Welfare

How do you handle covering a candidacy that's primarily a publicity stunt by a crazed ego and presshound—one with approximately... More

NYT Examines Chris Christie’s Corporate Welfare Machine

Charlie Bagli takes a nice look in The New York Times at the corporate-welfare machine that is Chris Christie's administration... More

NYT Is Superb On General Electric’s Tax Avoidance

Plus, David Kocieniewski continues his Charlie Rangel exposés

(UPDATE: See my follow-up post on GE's poor PR response to the Times's story) The New York Times unloads a... More

The Seattle Times Takes On Hometown Amazon

A tough series on the dark side of the booming local company

Here in Seattle, Amazon is growing like crazy, adding thousands of jobs and building several skyscrapers just off downtown, something... More

A Big Corporate Welfare Story Gets Short Shrift

Reuters’s Johnston and Times Union spotlight news almost everyone else ignores

Here's a story that's calling out for more attention and isn't getting it. Reuters's David Cay Johnston wrote last week... More

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Amazon’s California tax squeeze

A WSJ follow story waters down an LAT scoop from two weeks ago

Amazon's long run of not paying collecting state and local sales taxes is coming to an end as legislatures finally... More

Audit Notes: WSJ on BP, U.S. Props Up Egypt’s Mubarak, NFL Subsidies

The Wall Street Journal continues to lead on the BP disaster. It reported this weekend on emails showing that land-based... More

Audit Notes: Cash Giveaway, Bloomberg Views (in the WSJ), Lede of the Week

Jeff Amy of the Mobile Press-Register has some good reporting on corporate welfare in Alabama. He writes that businesses aren't... More

Audit Notes: Grand Oil Party, The Limits of Anecdote, Mod Investors

The Economist's Matt Steinglass reports on an egregious government giveaway to the oil companies—one that started accidentally and has now... More

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Audit Notes: low-info billionaires, Trump the taker, Elizabeth Warren

Money apparently can’t buy a firm grip on reality

One of the things this election proved conclusively is that even billionaires can be low-information voters. Here's Bloomberg BusinessWeek on... More

Audit Notes: Race to the Bottom, More Corporate Welfare, Money Is Fungible

The New York Times is good to take a look at how neighboring states race to the bottom bidding to... More

Audit Notes: Slick Politics, Greece’s Red Flag, What Caused Oil’s Tumble?

I noted a Huffington Post story the other day reporting that removing drilling bans wouldn't really affect the price of... More

Chris Christie’s Corporate Welfare

A $102 million tax break for a Japanese company to stay in New Jersey

Chris Christie is a hero to the right and something of a media darling for his willingness to slash government... More

Corporate Welfare Rocks!

The Wall Street Journal and Newsweek give Utah the puff treatment

The Wall Street Journal reports that government activism is good... when it benefits Big Business. It's a puff piece about... More

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David Cay Johnston’s excellent corporate-welfare column

What a proposed mall project illustrates about subsidizing developers

Reuters's David Cay Johnston has a great column on corporate welfare that mixes reporting and analysis to show why subsidies... More

Deadspin Is Excellent on a Bogus Tax Break for Wealthy Team Owners

Gawker's sports site Deadspin got hold of some New Jersey Nets financial statements from a few years ago and uses... More

Reporting on Solyndra

Missing basic concepts about the government’s loan-guarantee program.

Much of the press coverage of the Solyndra bankruptcy has been poor on some basic concepts at the heart of... More

Too Big to Fail: New Jersey Mall Edition

Chris Christie can’t let Xanadu go under; $400 million in corporate welfare

What corporate interest won't Chris Christie subsidize with taxpayer dollars? The New Jersey governor, press favorite, and conservative hero is... More

WNYC On Welfare for the Well-to-Do in the Bronx

Talk about an emblem of welfare for rich folks: Parking garages built for the New York Yankees to accompany their... 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 White House deploys minders to interviews all the time (WaPo)

“Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between reporters and the proverbial ‘senior administration officials’ is conducted in the presence of a press staffer”

The down-and-dirty history of TMZ (BuzzFeed)

“TMZ’s real engine — what defines its mission, what legitimizes it and sets it apart — is a unique and controversial mix of scandal mongering and investigative journalism”

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.”

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