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The Audit

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A Seattle Times investigation uncovers profiteering and abuse in Washington’s elder-care system

Up here in Seattle, we've been blessed with some incredible newspaper reporting this week. The kind that makes you glad... More

The WSJ Is Good on Middle-Class Incomes

I got on The Wall Street Journal the other day for, among other things, ignoring income stagnation and inequality in... More

Audit Notes: Marketplace Filleted, Window Dressing, Scotland Yard

Jay Rosen just takes the fillet knife to public radio's "Marketplace Morning Report." The problem with this report is that... More

Dinesh D’Souza Digs Himself in Deeper

Some more criticism of Forbes’s disastrous Obama cover story

Dinesh D'Souza has responded to my, uh, criticism of his smear piece that, shamefully, made the cover of Forbes with... More

The Elizabeth Warren End-Around

Some questions on what Obama’s conflict avoidance means

Well, surprise, surprise. President Obama ducks another fight by naming consumer advocate Elizabeth Warren as "special adviser" to set up... More

Audit Notes: Murdoch’s Undoing?, FT Scoop, WSJ Nut Cracks

Slate's Jack Shafer calls the News Corporation hacking scandal "Murdoch's Watergate" and says it "will undo the media mogul." I... More

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

Why won’t journalists ask Bill Cosby the tough questions? - Sexual assault charges are hardly ever mentioned to the TV star

Knoxville’s alt-weekly wasn’t losing money. It got shut down anyway - Scripps pulls the plug on Metro Pulse in favor of an entertainment supplement for the local daily

Chuck Todd’s Obama book says more about the author than it does about the president - ‘The Stranger’ underscores a broader problem with the way we cover politics

Beware labeling Pope Francis a liberal - Political boxes like liberal/conservative and evolutionist/creationist miss his real significance

The Virginian-Pilot produces a breakthrough investigation amid layoffs - Reporter John Holland discusses how the story came together, newsroom cutbacks, and colleagues who cover for each other


Which media outlets use ‘illegal immigrant’? (Fusion)

“[I]n spite of all the good reasons not to use the phrase, it is still very easy to find in the US press, even in headlines”

Jack Shafer on losing his job (Capital New York)

“Right now, my immediate plan is to go to work as a lay therapist at The Intercept to bring the healing there so John Cook and Matt Taibbi can return. I have great interpersonal skills.”

On outlets that continue to call unknown drone victims ‘militants’ (The Intercept)

“Like the US drone program itself, this deceitful media practice continues unabated”

UNITY’s convention is no more (All Digitocracy)

“The organization’s board of directors decided that UNITY will no longer host the quadrennial conferences for which it had become known”

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

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