Thursday, October 30, 2014. Last Update: Thu 10:46 AM EST

The Audit

Life Insurance as Tax Dodge for the Rich

The Wall Street Journal on a “widows and orphans” tax break past its prime

The Wall Street Journal is excellent today in a page-one story on how the life-insurance industry has evolved into something... More

Murdoch’s Threat to Democracy

Direct influence via the power of the purse—here and in the UK

Politico astutely pointed out the other day that Fox News now employs four of the leading Republican presidential candidates: Sarah... More

The Journal Misleads on McDonald’s and Obamacare

And it channels the wealthy-but-stingy employer’s cries of poverty

The Wall Street Journal caused something of a to-do yesterday with its front-page story reporting that McDonald's might drop its... More

The Times Channels the Oil Lobby on Cuba

The top story in The New York Times yesterday carried a bit of water for the oil and gas lobby.... More

Audit Notes: The Shark Submerges, Flack Jobs From Hell, Trial Balloons Popped

Michael Lewis plays the "Jaws" theme in his BusinessWeek column asking why Wall Street fought tooth and nail for an... More

Crisis Warning Lights Are Blinking Red Again

Europe’s sovereigns worsen again, currency devalutions threaten a downward spiral, and more.

Things are getting ugly again in Europe, with multiple nations teetering toward default. Nations are beginning to play beggar-thy-neighbor with... More

Accountability Icelandic Style

Politicians in the dock for the financial crisis

What's the difference between Iceland and us? Well, there's the rotten shark meat, the leaving babies outside unattended in freezing... More

Audit Notes: The Damage Done, GOP Economics, Pittman Bests Bernanke

Now this is a correction. The Wall Street Journal this morning (emphasis mine): Singer Neil Young was born Nov. 12,... More

Seeking a Media Critic

CJR is looking for an experienced journalist to be its Peterson Fellow, a part-time job blogging about and critiquing media... More

This Gold “Record” Keeps Skipping

The Journal and others fail to account for thirty years of inflation

The Wall Street Journal goes page one with a misleading story about gold, splashing this headline across four columns atop... More

Audit Notes: Illegal Immigrant Costs, E-books, Curmudgeons

(UPDATE: I misread this WSJ post. The Rand analyst was actually talking about all immigration, legal and illegal. The Journal... More

Access As Distortion Field

Facebook author spins for the company in the Washington Post

Fortune's David Kirkpatrick, author of a new book on Facebook, an excerpt of which I criticized a while back for... More

Audit Notes: Why No Charges?, ABC on Collections, SEC Whiff

I'm no lawyer, but I'm pretty sure I can argue against this statement, by law prof Peter J. Helling, who... More

A Scalpel We Can Believe In

Obama’s antitrust regime and the proposed Comcast/NBC merger

If you want to poke another hole in the idea that the Obama administration is "anti-business" take a look at... More

A Critical Witness in the Wall Street Sausage Factory

Banks used Clayton’s quality-assurance info to make more money, investors be damned

Chalk this one up to things I'm not smart enough to understand: Why isn't this pure-D fraud and why hasn't... More

The ethics of The Guardian’s Whisper bombshell - It would have been a journalistic lapse not to have told readers

Gawker: The internet bully - Nick Denton’s media empire is an intellectual online fraternity that invites people to their parties only to make them buy the booze

The Washington Post short-sells a reporter’s integrity - Steven Pearlstein smears TheStreet’s Adam Feuerstein for criticizing a biotech firm

Former Sun-Times staffers react to top reporter’s resignation - “Whereas we don’t have all the answers, we have way too many questions about what happened here”

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks


Which news org is the most trusted? (Pew)

The answer is complicated

‘My Captivity’ (NYT Mag)

An American journalist on his two-year kidnapping in Syria

FBI faked an AP story, in Seattle Times style, to catch a suspect (Seattle Times)

“‘We are outraged that the FBI, with the apparent assistance of the US Attorney’s Office, misappropriated the name of The Seattle Times to secretly install spyware on the computer of a crime suspect,’ said Seattle Times Editor Kathy Best”

How one reporter copes inside the ‘Ebola bubble’ (BuzzFeed)

“Bring gloves to give nurses you meet at clinics, even if you’re there for a story. Get small change to give to the kids who have been out of school for months and are selling ground nuts for pitiful sums on the side of road. Hell, give them candy. Violate all the principles of ostensibly good aid stewardship, because the good stewardship of the developed world didn’t get help here in time, and now everyone is dying around you.”

Bloggingheads

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

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