Friday, September 19, 2014. Last Update: Fri 2:45 PM EST

The Audit

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When men on the street become spokesmen for a cause

Anecdote laundering from the left on the $15 minimum wage fight

I wrote about astroturfing the other day, noticing how anti-minimum wage and anti-Obamacare activist Joe Olivo shows up repeatedly in... More

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Audit Notes: SAC’s returns sink, two-track recovery, Wall Street pay

The New York Post shows Steve Cohen’s results fell to earth as feds investigated

The New York Post's Michelle Celarier has a great piece of enterprise reporting on Stevie Cohen's SAC Capital. She finds... More

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Don’t feed the bubble, please

Mashable and Time.com show how not to cover tech IPO mania

Much of the press coverage I've seen in the wake of Twitter's eye-watering IPO has been responsibly skeptical or, at... More

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Audit Notes: 60 Minutes correx flops, sharing economy, paywalls

CBS News must resolve the serious remaining questions about Lara Logan’s debacle

Jay Rosen has a must-read piece on 60 Minutes' and Lara Logan's disastrous Benghazi report based on the lies of... More

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Bloomberg News at a crossroads

Allegations that it spiked a China investigation shine a light on its business model

Just a few months ago, Bloomberg News was faced with a potential crisis after Wall Street clients complained—publicly—that Bloomberg news... More

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Audit Notes: Oklahoma Pre-K, servants, Martin Wolf on Germany

The state finds a government program it likes

Nicholas Kristof gives a rare bit of positive press to my home state—for a government program, of all things. Kristof... More

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Astroturfing The New York Times and Wall Street Journal

A New Jersey businessman hits the media circuit again, with lobbying connections undisclosed

The New York Times writes about New Jersey voters raising the state's minimum wage a buck to $8.25 an hour... More

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CNBC spins right (and wrong) on the debt and deficit

The factually challenged network is at it again

CNBC, that font of misinformation, would like you to know that "Anyone who ran a company with a balance sheet... More

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Audit Notes: Tech bubbles, WSJ reality shows

Twitter launches like it’s 1999 all over again

Here are some facts from Peter Eavis's good, skeptical curtain raiser on the Twitter IPO in today's New York Times:... More

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WSJ cheers on an Aussie privatization spree

A one-sided news story on the selling of public assets

Reading this Wall Street Journal story, you'd never know there's any downside to a government selling off public services to... More

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The NYT paywall plugs the hole

Charting the state of The New York Times

Felix asks what my graph of New York Times digital revenue would look like including print ads. Here's the original... More

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Evidence for the hard-to-prove assertion

The WSJ on the murky question of regulatory funding

Jean Eaglesham had a nice get—an exit interview with the outgoing enforcement chief of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, who... More

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Audit Notes: Potshots at Snowden, News Corp. snake pit, Jamie Dimon

A Bloomberg BusinessWeek editor doesn’t like the guy’s attitude

Bloomberg Businessweek deputy editor Romesh Ratnasar takes to the pages of the magazine to criticize the "unbearable narcissism of Edward... More

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The NYT paywall don’t get no respect

Despite saving the paper’s bacon

I wrote Friday about a landmark for The New York Times: Its paywall revenue has overtaken its digital ad revenue—just... More

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The NYT’s paywall overtakes digital ads

Meantime, the Globe’s drag on the Times, quantified

It was only a little more than two years ago that the conventional wisdom said The New York Times shouldn't—or... More

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

Bloggingheads

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

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