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The Audit

On Tax-Cut Politics, WSJ Adds to the Confusion

The Wall Street Journal takes its turn at the tax-cuts-as-election-issue story. But in trying to explain the politics that are... More

“The Word Was Polo; The Man, Ralph Lauren”

Place those special sections, gleefully, in the recycle pile unread

One of the dirty little secrets of the newspaper business is that you should almost never bother to read a... More

It’s Still Unclear Why Cassano Got Off the Hook

The Wall Street Journal's leder this morning explores why the government dropped its criminal fraud investigation of AIG's Joseph Cassano,... More

NYT’s Rangel Work Gets Results on the Hill

But rest of the press tries not to notice

A House ethics panel’s ruling that Charlie Rangel violated congressional rules is big news all around today, as it should... More

Audit Notes: Pretty-Penny Paywall, Booty, Fair Trade

The New York Times says it is spending more than $7 million every three months to develop its paywall. (CEO... More

Bright Spots For the Times in Digital Revenue

The New York Times reported (relatively) good second-quarter numbers today—especially in digital ads, up 20 percent in its division—and Jeff... More

WaPo’s Chamber Piece Misses a Few Notes

The paper reports the lobby group is “losing,” but doesn’t hear the ringing of cash registers

The Washington Post looks at the recent record of the Chamber of Commerce and puts a lot in the loss... More

WSJ’s Good Coverage of Warren and the CFPB

The Wall Street Journal's leder today on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau shows the paper in fine form. If you... More

CNBC’s Dennis Kneale Goes Native

Cultivating powerful sources at the expense of telling the story

We may have ourselves a new poster boy of Access Journalism. Say hello to CNBC's Dennis Kneale, protector of the... More

Audit Notes: Fannie/Freddie Already, Obama on Finreg, WaMu’s Valukas?

Next time you hear someone spouting the line that Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the Community Reinvestment Act were the... More

Surprise! Ratings Firms Nailed By Financial Reform

The Wall Street Journal reports this morning that part of the bond market has shut down because credit raters like... More

Audit Notes: Not-So-Sharp Claws, Eighty Cents, A+!

Charlie Gasparino scoops that pay czar Ken Feinberg is going to try to claw back some 2008 banker bonuses later... More

Audit D.C. Notes: Smoked Out, Debate On, Happy Enough?

Stateline.org digs into something I’ve often wondered about but rarely seen reported: the way Americans’ decrease in smoking is hitting... More

Megabanks on Steroids

The Journal examines how the too big just keep getting bigger

The Wall Street Journal has an excellent page-one story this morning on how giant banks are getting bigger and throttling... More

Audit Notes: GPOs, Broadcom Injustice, The Upside of BP

Mariah Blake has a must-read investigation in The Washington Monthly on the for-profit group purchasing organizations that dominate the medical... More

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

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

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