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Hugh Grant’s Latest Role: Foppish Muckraker

Floppy-haired charmer Hugh Grant turns his hand to journalism in the latest issue of English left-leaner The New Statesman. The... More

News of the World and U.S. Media Culture

I was asked an interesting question earlier today by a BBC producer who wanted to know about the American angle... More

Accountability, News Corp. Style

Those with responsibility escape it

Behold, editors and reporters at The Wall Street Journal, the Times of London, Fox News, and, for that matter, the... More

Another Guardian Scoop: Destruction of Evidence at News Corp.

One benefit of being nearly alone on a story for years: When everybody suddenly wakes up to it, you've still... More

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Audit Notes: News of the World’s thugs, Occupy impact, nonprofit news

Allegations that the paper’s gumshoes broke into houses looking for dirt

What could go wrong when a Murdoch newspaper employs axe-murder suspects? A lot, as we've already seen, and it may... More

Audit Notes: Bank Consolidation, The Depression, Stuart Kuttner

Steven Pearlstein comes out against the Capital One/ING merger, which would turn it into the country's fifth biggest bank, with... More

Audit Notes: The Milken Memory Hole, The Ax Murder and the NotW, Yahoo

Mother Jones's Nick Baumann catches the Los Angeles Times and the Associated Press in some poor journalism. A businessman gives... More

Bad Parent

Reading The Wall Street Journal’s hamstrung coverage of its owner, News Corp.

It's been hard to watch The Wall Street Journal, still the global business-news leader, struggling with both hands tied behind... More

Chaos at Dow Jones is the Bancrofts’ Legacy

"I want you to do what's best for the company. Don’t you and the boys worry about dividends." —Jane... More

Exit James Murdoch

Cracks in the News Corp. castle walls?

James Murdoch’s evacuation from the mess of News International’s UK newspaper business has been in the cards for a long... More

Forget Regulating the Press. Enforce the Law.

As Reuters has it: "The basic test of a decent police force is that it catches more criminals than... More

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Free speech threats in the US and UK

It’s time to make a stand for freedom of expression and the freedom of the press with no ifs or buts

Everybody in public life in the US and UK claims to believe in freedom of expression and a free press.... More

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Giving a baron too big a pass

Murdoch’s World avoids implicating Rupert Murdoch for his lawbreaking

Feeling kinda droopy? Like you had "tired blood?" Well, better than Geritol would be a dose of David Folkenflik's new... More

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Murdoch may sell his British papers

The British press asserts the embattled mogul may ditch the papers under phone hacking scrutiny

News International, the UK outpost of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation, might be preparing to sell off or isolate its scandal-struck... More

Murdoch takes a bow

If the Leveson Inquiries revealed anything, it was that the News Corp. chief’s self perceptions make entertaining viewing

Rupert Murdoch finished his two-day testimony before the Leveson Inquiry on Thursday, convened to address the phone-hacking scandal that emanated... More

News Corp.: Barometer Rising

“Some of the activity clearly was illegal.”

Ryan Chittum already said Nick Davies and the Guardian have pulled off one of the greatest newspaper investigations of... More

No, Actually, News of the World Won’t Happen Here

In a recent spasm of radio and TV interviews about #hackgate the last couple weeks, everyone wanted to know whether... More

The Mirror’s Dodgy “9/11 Hacking” Story

A piece that triggers an FBI probe reports no actual hacking and its information is third-hand

In response to calls from Congress, the FBI has opened an investigation into whether News Corp. journalists hacked the... More

The Audit on NPR

Talking about Murdochs, News Corp., NotW, etc.

I'm on "On Point" with Tom Ashbrook on NPR's Boston affiliate, WBUR, talking Murdoch and News Corp., with Sarah... More

The Audit TV: Murdoch Hacking Scandal

The News of the World hacking scandal is like the Super Bowl of media criticism or something. I talked to... More

Why The New Yorker’s radical feminism and transgenderism piece was one-sided - “This effectively advances the views of a group that wants to see the genocide of trans women, a group that, data shows, faces extraordinarily high rates of discrimination in every measurable way”

Journalism groups rally around a petition supporting James Risen - The Supreme Court ruled against the NYT reporter, who is refusing to reveal sources

Why one editor won’t run any more op-eds by the Heritage Foundation’s top economist - A reply to Paul Krugman on state taxes and job growth made some incorrect claims

Gannett’s changes bring excitement, some pain, and a full-time beer beat - A conversation with Joshua Awtry, the chain’s top editor in the Carolinas

Build the future - Journalism’s deathwatch is over


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”

Preparing yourself to cover chaos (Medium)

“There are things you should know before you show up, and you’re not going to find them in the current news cycle”

Journalists can get PTSD right at their desks (PSmag)

A new study correlates exposure to violent images with mental health symptoms

Bloggingheads

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

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