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The Audit

Barron’s Investigates the Shady Reverse-Merger Business

A hearty Audit huzzah to Barron's and reporters Bill Alpert and Leslie P. Norton for a superb investigation into Chinese... More

Covering the Self-Serving Fuld Testimony

Several misses and one hit

The coverage of Dick Fuld's appearance before the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission is somewhat uneven this morning. The Wall Street... More

Audit Notes: Direct Democracy, Obama’s Caution as Achilles Heel, Japan

Up here in Seattle, The Stranger is doing a good job keeping an eye on how industry is flooding the... More

A Times Must-Read on the News Corp. Hacking Scandal

The New York Times Magazine is out with a riveting story on the corruption at News Corporation's News International division.... More

New Job, Less Pay

The NYT looks at wages in the recovery

The New York Times does good work today, looking at an issue that hasn’t received enough attention: “the quality of... More

The Press in the Reality Distortion Field

Gossip, rumor, rank speculation—all on the table if it’s an Apple product

It's Apple day. Which means it's time for the press to forget completely about its normal standards and wade neck-deep... More

Audit Notes: The System, Gamed, Carried Interest, Deseret

Michael Hudson, who's got a book out in a few weeks on how predatory-lending fed the financial bubble, responds to... More

Timesmen Type Up Intel CEO’s Excuses on Jobs

There's no need for me to reiterate what others like Dean Baker, Yves Smith, and Andrew Leonard have already written... More

A Poor FT Page-One Pay Story

Pushing the big-business line in a lobbying campaign on pay disclosure

Boy, sometimes it's just flat out hard to figure the Financial Times—a smart newspaper that not infrequently does dumb things,... More

Audit Notes: Our Glass Jaw, Financial Crises, Extend and Pretend

If you're looking for a single anecdote to sum up the demise of the American economy, you could do worse... More

Two Can Play That Game, Rupert

The Times has the smarter strategy in the head-to-head with The Wall Street Journal

Rupert Murdoch has de-emphasized business coverage in The Wall Street Journal since buying the paper in 2007, something that The... More

Audit D.C. Notes: Kurtz Conflicted, Citizens United Reconsidered, Privatization Debated

Howard Kurtz’s dual roles as Washington Post media writer and CNN host have come under plenty of scrutiny before. But... More

Susanne Craig leaving WSJ for the NYT

A blow to the Journal

Susanne Craig, one of The Wall Street Journal’s star Wall Street reporters, is moving to The New York Times, a... More

The Times Retargets the Zappos Ads Story

The New York Times steps onto the online privacy beat this morning (the one put on the front burner recently... More

Audit D.C. Notes: Maddow on Katrina, WaPo on Mystery Dems, What Dodd Didn’t Ask

It’s good to see all the coverage of New Orleans five years after Katrina. But Rachel Maddow’s show Thursday night... More

Reporters fail to capture implications of pension provision - A ‘big shift’ tucked into the spending bill goes under-examined

The New Republic: A public trust or a business? - How Chris Hughes turned a 100-year-old publication into a “product”

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014

The problem with sharing uncredited photos - “Just because you put something on the internet does not give people the right to steal it”


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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