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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

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

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