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The Audit

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

A Different Angle on Sports Subsidies

The New York Times fronts an excellent story this morning that ought to put another nail in the coffin of... More

Audit Notes: News Corp. Scandal, HSBC Hire, Dodd-Frank Repo

The News of the World scandal, back in the spotlight thanks to The New York Times Magazine, continues to grow.... More

NYT Pushes BP’s PR Line on Its Ability to Pay

The massively profitable company’s poverty claim hits A1 of the Times—unchecked

I defended The New York Times this morning. Let me lay into it a little bit this afternoon. On Friday,... More

Michael Wolff’s High Cynicism

An atrocious column about The New York Times’s News Corp. hacking scandal investigation.

The Times drops this amazing story last week digging into how a Rupert Murdoch tabloid illegally hacked telephones, including those... More

Audit D.C. Notes: Revisiting Bai on Blumenauer, Cato Purge, Labor Day Lesson

Last week I grumbled about a New York Times portrait of Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) written by Matt Bai. There... More

A Fortune Look at Arizona’s Private Prisons

A tip of the hat to this Fortune story from a couple of weeks back highlighting the prison-industrial complex in... More

Murdoch Could Learn a Thing or Two from WSJ.com

Chris Roush has a brief interview posted with Alan Murray, who heads up The Wall Street Journal's digital operations, including... More

Audit Notes: The Swells at CNBC, Quote Stuffing, Austerity for Thee

Barry Ritholtz lays into CNBC this morning for one of those decidedly numbskulled views of the world so many of... 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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