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Fortune on the French

France’s “unproductive labor force” is, in fact, quite productive

The abrasive tire CEO Maurice Taylor made news last week when he lashed out at French workers as "lazy" good-for-nothings.... More

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Fortune’s Nina Easton plumps for Walmart in DC

Retail employment is a zero-sum game

The argument that if a company doesn't get its way, X number of jobs will disappear is an old canard... More

LAT on the U.S. As Low-Wage Offshoring Destination

Where does Ikea build a plant when it wants to offshore work to pay poverty wages, bust unions, force mandatory... More

NYT on How Unions Are Learning From Occupy Wall Street

The New York Times reports on how the American labor movement, whose membership and power have crumbled over the last... More

USA Today’s Ham-fisted Public Workers Story

USA Today runs a poor story this morning that says its analysis finds that government workers make more in total... More

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

Audit Notes: A Mirror For Scott Walker, SPJ Outraged at Blogger, Foreclosures

Steven Pearlstein goes into his columnists' bag of tricks to show how crazy Governor Scott Walker's agenda would be if... More

Audit Notes: Banks Mislead, The South and Unions, Shareholder Capitalism

Adam Levitin of Georgetown Law and Credit Slips calls out the banking lobby for an "incredibly dishonest" attempt to mislead... More

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Audit Notes: Business Insider’s junkets, NYT’s union dig, naive AP

Henry Blodget’s site lets sources pay for business reporters’ overseas trips

Henry Blodget's Business Insider is still letting reporters take junkets paid for by their sources, which it should go without... More

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Audit Notes: Decline of Labor Edition

Unions, inequality, and billionaires versus organized workers

The New Yorker's John Cassidy writes a smart post on the aftermath of labor's big defeat in Wisconsin and what... More

Audit Notes: Murdoch and American Politicians, UAW, Labor’s Bulletin Board Win

Does Rupert Murdoch interfere with his news outlets? Does a bear, well, you know... The Los Angeles Times has an... More

Audit Notes: Reproducibility, Daily Show, Boeing Settlement

The Wall Street Journal has a very good page-one story today reporting on how most peer-reviewed medical studies can't be... More

Audit Notes: Watchdog Blogging, Union Power, Stadium Economics

The blog Gin and Tacos makes a fantastic catch on Wisconsin Republican Governor Scott Walker's effort to take away the... More

Australian Media CEO’s Embarrassing Memo Mistake

Confirming eighty-two firings with “track changes” in place

What could be more embarrassing to a reporter than the incident from a couple of months ago when The Washington... More

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Fox’s Dennis Kneale takes on ‘out of control’ unions

Hosts an industry shill fighting against the hapless Alan Colmes over poverty wages

Fox Business Network's Dennis Kneale asks "Are unions out of control in America?" in a segment about fast-food workers striking... More

Organizing via Facebook in the Age of Union-Busting

The New York Times's Steven Greenhouse has an interesting report today on a group of Walmart workers who are organizing—just... More

PolitiFact Shows A Fox Host Is Wrong, But Hedges Its Verdict (UPDATED)

For an organization whose reason for being is to judge what's a fact and what's not, PolitiFact sure has a... More

ProPublica Shines a Light on Secret Gerrymandering Money

Every ten years, politicians get together in statehouses and redraw congressional districts to squeeze their opponents and entrench themselves in... More

Steve Brill’s Blinkered View of Education

If you don’t have the time or inclination to read Steve Brill’s book on education reform, then his bombastic op-ed... More

The WSJ Overreaches On Wisconsin Democrats Story

The Wall Street Journal went A1 with a big scoop this morning that "Democrats to End Union Standoff" in Wisconsin.... More

Reporters fail to capture implications of pension provision - A ‘big shift’ tucked into the spending bill goes under-examined

The New Republic: A public trust or a business? - How Chris Hughes turned a 100-year-old publication into a “product”

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

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

The problem with sharing uncredited photos - “Just because you put something on the internet does not give people the right to steal it”


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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