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The Audit

The Mercury News’s Thinly Sourced Apple Scooplet

Some skepticism is in order

I've criticized press coverage of Apple quite a bit. But I have to acknowledge something: The company's NSA-like secrecy makes... More

WSJ’s Welfare State Story Lacks Context

The Wall Street Journal has a poorly done front-page story this morning trying to make the case that the U.S.... More

Audit Notes: Sorkin, Stone, and Schwarzman; WSJ Mag; Bloomberg on the VA

Andrew Ross Sorkin has a fun column in The New York Times this morning: An interview with Oliver Stone about... More

Freeland Tells Obama to Lay Off Big Business

Reuters global editor at large Chrystia Freeland had an unfortunate column a few days ago in the Washington Post telling... More

Starkman on the Hamster Wheel

Audit Chief Dean Starkman has the cover piece in the new issue of CJR looking at what he calls "The... More

Audit Notes: D’Souza and Forbes Edition

CNBC's Dennis Kneale takes issue with my description of Dinesh D'Souza's Forbes cover story on "How Obama Thinks" as "the... More

Forbes’ Shameful Piece on Obama as the “Other”

The worst kind of smear journalism by Dinesh D’Souza

So it's come to this: Forbes cover story on "How Obama Thinks" is a gross piece of innuendo—a fact-twisting, error-laden... More

Audit Notes: HAMPered, FHA Criminals, Student Loan Racket

David Lazarus of the Los Angeles Times finds a couple booted out of their home by Wells Fargo, which had... More

The Slow SEC

Six months after Valukas, the Journal reports it’s zeroing in on Repo 105

The Wall Street Journal reports today that the SEC is focusing on Lehman Brothers' $50 billion Repo 105 accounting trick... More

The Bear Up There

How about a break from all that bearish financial news? My pal Josh sends me this link and says, "it’s... More

Audit Notes: Out-of-State Campaign Dough, Expensive Bonds, Apple

California Watch reports that big out-of-state polluters, including Koch Industries, are pouring millions of dollars into the campaign to overturn... More

Audit D.C. Notes: Football Facts, Jobs Jam, Gauging Fairness

Just in time for the start of the NFL season, the Center for American Progress Action Fund is out with... More

Bloomberg Scoop: Rubin and Prince Knew

Bloomberg gets a nice scoop that Robert Rubin and Chuck Prince knew about Citigroup's subprime losses while the company's CFO... More

The News Corp. Coverup

Memory-impaired execs, payments to key figures, and Keystone Kops

News Corp.'s behavior in the UK hacking scandal has all the hallmarks of a coverup. We've got the scapegoat (Clive... More

Boy, Look Who National Journal’s Been Hiring

So far only 20% of high-profile hires are women; not good

The National Journal Group has been generating a lot of buzz lately with big-name hires like Major Garrett, Matt Cooper,... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


The 10 worst New Yorker longreads (Gawker)

“[A]pparently [Adam] Gopnik did not know you could bake fancy breads from France and other cultures. So he got his mom to teach him how to bake them. A fine anecdote, maybe, to tell a friend or a therapist. But in this case he wrote about it for the New Yorker, a magazine.”

Insufferable parenthetical asides, ranked (The Hairpin)

18. (strictly for the mise-en-scene)

You are now entering the demented kingdom of William T. Vollmann (TNR)

“Franzen tells a hilarious story of being a young writer in New York, meeting Vollmann, becoming fast friends, and inaugurating a draft swap. A while later, they exchanged work. Franzen gave Vollmann a dozen chiseled pages. Vollmann gave Franzen an entire novel.”

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