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The Audit

The Free Trade Backlash

By three to one in a WSJ/NBC News poll, Americans say free trade hurts the country

The Wall Street Journal zooms in on a poll result from last week: That far more Americans now oppose "free... More

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

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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