Saturday, December 20, 2014. Last Update: Fri 5:42 PM EST

The Audit

Audit Notes: Magnetar, Comfort the Comfortable, Minimum Wage

ProPublica reports that the SEC is investigating a specific JPMorgan deal with the Magnetar hedge fund and whether the bank... More

Robo-Signers Aren’t Limited to Foreclosures

The Times finds debt collectors signing up to 2,000 affidavits a day

The New York Times does an excellent job this morning finding a new angle on the robo-signers scandal. It's a... More

Audit Notes: Stopping Wall Street, Kate Kelly, Labor Laws

Michael Lewis has a useful Bloomberg column detailing how some on Wall Street are getting around the financial-reform law's ban... More

Reuters Thinks Big on the Housing Crisis

A “Marshall Plan” to bring parties together to fix the mortgage mess

If something good comes out of the whole foreclosure scandal, it's that the whole housing issue, which is a millstone... More

Yeah, Right

An analyst says the Web isn’t hurting newspapers, all evidence to the contrary

Justin Wolfers makes a good point at the Freakonomics blog: The Democrats will retain control of the House and the... More

Audit Notes: Matt Winkler Borrows a Megaphone, Foreclosures, Weil

You've built the biggest news organization in the business press. You have a wire service with hundreds of thousands of... More

BizWeek Reports a Bank of America Threat to Fannie

Which corporate-welfare recipient will end up holding the bag on toxic mortgages?

Bloomberg BusinessWeek's cover story this week has a very interesting piece of reporting that has flown under the radar. No... More

That Whole Journalism Thing Isn’t So Easy

Bloggers throw softballs and irrelevant questions at Obama

Bloggers rightly criticize the press for focusing on the trivial at the expense of the meaningful, process at the expense... More

Audit Notes: Regulatory Capture, Monster Quotes, WSJ on Medicare Waste

I'm glad The New York Times is taking such an interest in the potential conflicts of interest among the staff... More

Hiltzik Is Excellent on the CFTC Judges

The Los Angeles Times columnist digs into the case

Michael Hiltzik takes an excellent look at that awfully interesting Commodity Futures Trading Commission story where retiring judge George H.... More

The Press Mostly Misses the Inspector General’s HAMP Report

We turn to the blogs, yet again, to find out what we’re missing

The special inspector general of the TARP, Neil Barofsky, released a blistering report yesterday, including pointed criticism of Treasury's AIG... More

Leave It to the WSJ Op-Ed Page…

To print a call for the return of predatory overdraft lending and the interchange racket

The Wall Street Journal runs a column today bemoaning the mortal wounding of the overdraft charge and calling for its... More

Audit Notes: Fraud Field Day, Nation on Countrywide, WSJ Win

A Florida Times-Union investigation finds that the rampant foreclosure fraud in Florida even extends to court summonses. Even the... More

The $50 Million-a-Year Club Booms (UPDATED)

$10 million a week while the median earner’s wage falls to $505 a week

UPDATE: Johnston reports that the Social Security Administration now says its data were wrong and it has updated the numbers,... More

WaPo Follows TARP Money Back to Politicians

The Washington Post does a good job of keeping an eye on bailed-out companies' campaign donations with this story yesterday.... 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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