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NYT Finds a Mortgage-Mod Program That Works

David Bornstein has a great post about ESOP, an Ohio non-profit which acts as a middleman between homeowners and lenders,... More

The Miami Herald Gets Creative on the Bum Economy

It's sometimes hard to find new angles on a story like the bum economy, which has been an ongoing story... More

WaPo: OCC Had the Banks’ Back on Foreclosures

Comptroller John Dugan rejected requests from states to investigate

This Washington Post story yesterday didn't get as much attention as it ought to have. Zachary Goldfarb reports on yet... More

A Big Story or a “Technicality”?

Sorkin, Nocera, and other intra-newsroom battles over whether the foreclosure scandal matters

I get the sense that the foreclosure scandal has opened up some rifts in at least a couple of newsrooms.... More

Audit Notes: Crisis Panel Has Teeth?, Mortgage Fraud, Corporate Size

Shahien Nasiripour of The Huffington Post scoops that the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission may just have some impact after all:... More

Audit Notes: Mortgage Servicers, Ghost Mall—China Style; The Joneses

Andy Kroll of Mother Jones takes a look (UPDATE: took a look, I should say. This story is from a... More

Bank of America’s Sweet Deal on Fannie and Freddie

The Washington Post got the best quote on the Bank of America settlement with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and... More

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Bank tellers in the boiler room

The Los Angeles Times on the underbelly of Wells Fargo’s sales culture

E. Scott Reckard, who did some of the finest work on mortgage boiler rooms during the housing bubble, reports for... More

HuffPo Goes Underwater for Mortgage Story

Tip of the hat to a housing crisis report

A deep Friday tip of the hat to HuffPo’s Ryan Grim, Arthur Delaney, and Lucia Graves for their lengthy... More

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Missing context on JP Morgan

A liberal columnist tries the math that the business press should have done

A crucial piece of context went missing in coverage of the recent news that JP Morgan settled with the federal... More

Most of the Press Misses Foreclosure Scandal News (UPDATED)

Iowa's attorney general said yesterday that he will bring criminal charges over the foreclosure scandal. But most of the press... More

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Now, Bloomberg runs Wallison’s discredited housing line

And more on regulation and the shadow-banking system

I got on The New York Times a couple of weeks ago for running a fallacious op-ed from the American... More

ProPublica and NYT Are Confusing On Second Liens (UPDATED)

Jesse Eisinger has a conspiracy theory about the way that second liens are treated in the proposed mortgage settlement: The... More

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Statistical illusions

How readers perceive numbers is important too

We've talked about how the press feeds into the questionable narrative that we're in another housing bubble. Here's a good... More

The $600 Million Homeowner Bailout

An economic disaster for the country and a political one for Obama

Remember when a little ol' homeowner bailout set off CNBC's Rick Santelli, igniting the Tea Party movement back in February... More

Yet Again, Fannie and Freddie Didn’t Do It

Michael Hudson writes one of the most convincing Fannie and Freddie Didn't Do It pieces yet. Actually, my soundbite isn't... More

Why Obama’s statement on reporters’ arrests in Ferguson is hypocritical - The president defends reporters in Ferguson, but demands compliance from James Risen

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

First Look runs headlong into journalism’s two big problems - Growing pains at the Omidyar/Greenwald venture


The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

Tour guide wars at a Paris cemetery (WSJ)

“Because dead men tell no tales, visitors to Père Lachaise cemetery lend their ears to Bertrand Beyern”

Last call (Medium)

“The death of newspapers is sad, but the threatened loss of journalistic talent is catastrophic. If that’s you, it’s time to learn something outside the production routine of your current job.”

Maureen Dowd on James Risen (NYT)

“Risen may be trapped in Ibsen, but Obama is channeling Orwell”

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