Monday, July 28, 2014. Last Update: Mon 2:50 PM EST

The Audit

Tug of War at the Fed

Journal pulls back the curtain

The Wall Street Journal does good work today with a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the August 10 meeting of the... More

In an SEC Filing Against Countrywide, a Press Win

The Wall Street Journal this morning reports that the Securities and Exchange Commission has now explicitly alleged what that newspaper... More

Audit D.C. Notes: The End of the Affair, Stimulus Situation, Cantor on the Trail

The August lull is giving The New York Times a chance to point out just how much our economic lives... More

Audit Notes: High Priests, Feed the Meter, Correlation and Causation, Etc.

—Chrystia Freeland ruminates on business journalism's image problem in the Times Book Review, and argues against the good-guys-vs.-bad-guys construction of... More

Mortgage Fraud Still Tiny

No matter what The Wall Street Journal says. Not to make too much of this. It's the summer doldrums, after... More

A Local Look at Small Business and Hard Money

Over the transom from the Audit/SABEW local business-press initiative

As some Audit readers know, we’ve started a push with the Society of American Business Editors and Writers to try... More

Audit Notes: Goldman and Geithner, Meaningless WSJ Numbers, Freeland

The New York Times runs a pretty amusing story on Tim Geithner's Goldman past—you know, the one he never had.... More

Bill O’Reilly’s Stock Tips

Probably not a good idea

Kathy Kristof nails Bill O'Reilly for lending his mug and voice to a cockamamie investment newsletter touted by right-wing news... More

Today in Let Them Eat Cake

The Times and the Journal on what the out-of-touch super-rich are up to

What critically important new trends are sweeping the overclass now in our angry, unemployed, bankrupt, two-war country? The New York... More

The Too-Modest Times

A super investigation results in unheard-of fraud charges against the state of New Jersey

Sometimes newspapers are just too modest. Like The New York Times today. The SEC sued New Jersey for fraud for... More

Audit Notes: Unemployment and Suicide, China Trade, Greece Simmers

Annie Lowrey has a must-read story in The Washington Independent on unemployment and suicide. She digs up some stories of... More

A Paper-Thin FT Page-One Story on Outsourcing

Rarely will you see a front page story as thin as this one, and if you do it will probably... More

Murrow, Cronkite, Slideshows

CBS News’s embarrassing trove of online click-getters

Ahh, CBS News. Illustrious home of Edward R. Murrow, Walter Cronkite, Daniel Schorr, George Polk, Eric Sevareid. The Tiffany Network.... More

Blame the Borrowers, Part 1,429

Is it Breakingviews or Bankingviews?

Reuters Breakingviews would like you to know that crazed borrowers are responsible for the housing crisis—or at least a good... More

I Know It’s August, But…

Did The Wall Street Journal really need to go six columns with a picture of the Colombia plane crash that... 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


A First Look update (First Look Media)

“[R]ather than immediately launching a large collection of digital ‘magazines’ based on strong, expert journalists with their own followings, as we imagined earlier, we’ll begin by building out the two we’ve started and then explore adding new ones as we learn”

The White House deploys minders to interviews all the time (WaPo)

“Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between reporters and the proverbial ‘senior administration officials’ is conducted in the presence of a press staffer”

The down-and-dirty history of TMZ (BuzzFeed)

“TMZ’s real engine — what defines its mission, what legitimizes it and sets it apart — is a unique and controversial mix of scandal mongering and investigative journalism”

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.”

Bloggingheads

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

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