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The Audit

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

Audit Notes: What If?, Middle Class Struggles, LAT on Teachers

Barry Ritholtz has a smart post up about the what-ifs of the bailouts. As he points out, the question is... More

The Fed’s Bubble Brains

False equivalence on the housing crash prognosticators

The Financial Times's Alphaville and Reuters's Felix Salmon take down both sides of a Boston Federal Reserve paper finding that... More

Sell That to the Judge

Another SEC settlement is slapped back

Last month the SEC slapped Citigroup on the hand for misleading its shareholders—and everyone else—in 2007 about its subprime exposure.... More

Audit Notes: Deleveraging, Schwarzman Serves Up a Softball, PE

Bloomberg has some excellent coverage of the bond market, reporting that despite the flood of U.S. government borrowing, overall bond... More

Google as Big Brother

A Journal op-ed interview finds Eric Schmidt embracing the role

Google's Eric Schmidt just can't keep his foot out of his mouth. The guy has a proclivity for giving Big... More

Audit Notes: All-L.A. Times Edition

The Los Angeles Times takes a look at OneUnited Bank, which Democratic congresswoman Maxine Waters helped get bailout money and... More

What Is the Social Security Trust Fund, Exactly?

I have to confess that I've never understood the Social Security trust fund, and I suspect that you don't either.... More

The C-Word

A bleak outlook from a WSJ columnist

One of the business press's institutional biases is the bullish. It sells magazines, provides happy newshole for advertiser to pitch... More

Audit Notes: Tom Frank Exits, Ayn Rand, Illegal Immigrants, Rubin

Thomas Frank is the sole liberal on the Wall Street Journal's editorial pages, and one of the few liberal columnists—perhaps... More

The ethics of The Guardian’s Whisper bombshell - It would have been a journalistic lapse not to have told readers

Gawker: The internet bully - Nick Denton’s media empire is an intellectual online fraternity that invites people to their parties only to make them buy the booze

The Washington Post short-sells a reporter’s integrity - Steven Pearlstein smears TheStreet’s Adam Feuerstein for criticizing a biotech firm

Former Sun-Times staffers react to top reporter’s resignation - “Whereas we don’t have all the answers, we have way too many questions about what happened here”

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks


Which news org is the most trusted? (Pew)

The answer is complicated

‘My Captivity’ (NYT Mag)

An American journalist on his two-year kidnapping in Syria

FBI faked an AP story, in Seattle Times style, to catch a suspect (Seattle Times)

“‘We are outraged that the FBI, with the apparent assistance of the US Attorney’s Office, misappropriated the name of The Seattle Times to secretly install spyware on the computer of a crime suspect,’ said Seattle Times Editor Kathy Best”

How one reporter copes inside the ‘Ebola bubble’ (BuzzFeed)

“Bring gloves to give nurses you meet at clinics, even if you’re there for a story. Get small change to give to the kids who have been out of school for months and are selling ground nuts for pitiful sums on the side of road. Hell, give them candy. Violate all the principles of ostensibly good aid stewardship, because the good stewardship of the developed world didn’t get help here in time, and now everyone is dying around you.”

Bloggingheads

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

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