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WSJ Slips Up on a Union Story

And its misses tilt toward the anti-labor side

The Wall Street Journal's page-one story yesteday on the union battle in Wisconsin erred on a few points, all of... More

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A Big Mac miss by The Huffington Post

Poor reporting on a “study” by a Kansas undergrad

The Huffington Post reports that McDonald's could double its workers wages by raising the price of a Big Mac by... More

A Zombie Lie Is Born

CNBC’s false welfare-state story spreads far and wide

Two days ago I fisked a false report from CNBC that said more than a third of all wages and... More

An Atlantic Ghost Story

Housing crash porn with no “there” there

The Atlantic runs a slideshow post by 24/7 Wall St.'s Douglas A. McIntyre with the click-me headline "The New American... More

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Audit Notes: blame the borrowers, Walmart cashiers, newspaper prices

The Democratic Party platform on mortgage issues

Henry Blodget somehow thinks that "everyone has spent the last five years trying to blame the housing crash on every... More

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Audit Notes: digital ads, margins of error, freehadists

French publishing’s online revenues make the Americans look good

This New York Times story is nice on the coming attempt in Europe to get Google to pay content providers... More

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Audit Notes: Twitter math, guard labor, M&A and oligopoly

Newsweek and stock valuations

This is an odd little Newsweek item on "Twitter's Dicey 2013." Newsweek notes that Twitter's fourth-quarter earnings disappointed investors, who... More

CNBC Misleads on “Welfare State” Dominance

Bad math overstates government payouts

(UPDATE: See my follow-up post here: A Zombie Lie Is Born: CNBC’s false welfare-state story spreads far and wide.) There... More

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Credulous press for a report on abuse of female journalists

Reporters overlook statistical problems in passing on eye-popping numbers

Rule of thumb, journalists: If the "study" you're writing about is based on a SurveyMonkey.com survey, it probably deserves a... More

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Daily Beast doubles down on Big Mac minimum wage nonsense

Extrapolations collide with hard numbers

There's a petition signed by 100 left-leaning economists that proposes raising the minimum wage to $10.50 an hour. The petition... More

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How not to report on inflation

Cognitive biases on prices obscure the big picture on food costs

"Food Prices Are Soaring and Washington Doesn't Care," screeches conservative site The Federalist. The New York Post blares, "Meat, poultry,... More

Journalists Need to Do the Math

Numbers still make many watchdogs whimper

CAIRO—I tell my students that in addition to English they should learn two more languages: an in-demand foreign tongue, and... More

Michael Kinsley Takes Issue with an Audit Criticism

Michael Kinsley writes to say I missed the point of his column asking "Are we poorer than we used to... More

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Misleading and incomplete coverage of Apple’s ‘record’ value (CORRECTED)

Microsoft’s 1999 market cap still, by far, bigger

The big market news today is about Apple's gargantuan market capitalization reaching a new, stunning high: Bloomberg News: Apple Becomes... More

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New math

Keeping numbers simpler

Last week, we talked about how the words used to express numbers can help (or confuse) readers. Now, let's talk... More

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No, it’s not another housing bubble

Hysteria in pockets of the press over a long-awaited recovery

The top story in all the major papers on Wednesday was news that home prices jumped 11 percent in the... More

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NYT hasn’t been hit that hard

Parsing the numbers with Quartz and the WSJ

Quartz posts this graphic of New York Times Company revenues going back to 2003, asking "Can the New York Times's... More

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Small bites

Making big numbers more understandable

The wildfires are at it again: One near Colorado Springs was really big. How big? CNN said it was about... More

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SmartMoney is confused on wages, inflation

When prices matter and when they don’t

This SmartMoney post on "Why You're Not Getting a Raise" doesn't make sense. The lede: Didn’t get a raise this... More

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The second draft of history

When corrections go unflagged

What do you do when you make a fact error online? The answer is simple: Fix it and flag the... 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”

Bloggingheads

Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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