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The Audit

Yglesias and McArdle Miss on Interchange Fees

Matt Yglesias is defending the interchange industry, which transfers money from the poor to the rich—all through hidden fees. Once... More

Apple’s Controlling Instincts Hit Time and SI

The Wall Street Journal's approach to charging the iPad has been the smartest of any of the media. The Journal... More

NYT Goes to the Numbers

Economists’ analysis brings welcome data to stimulus debate

The New York Times has a good early look at something that’s much in demand—an analysis of where the economy... More

Audit Notes: GE Corruption, Poor Subsidizing the Rich, Takedown

Footnoted's Theo Francis spotlights an eye-raising settlement by GE, which essentially confessed to bribing foreign officials (in Iraq, no less)... More

Seven Top-Paid CEOs Lost Shareholders’ Money in the 2000s

The Wall Street Journal runs the numbers on the Top 25 Highest Paid CEOs of the Decade and they are,... More

WSJ’s Stimulus-Debate Story is Debatable

A page-one piece says economists question whether stimulus makes things worse but can’t find any who actually do

The Wall Street Journal goes big with a story on the debate over stimulus spending. But the piece doesn’t deliver... More

Reuters Gets a Wall Street Take on Warren

What would it sound like on Wall Street if we got a regulator like, say, Elizabeth Warren, who is resolutely... More

Audit Notes: Angelides; Goldman Sachs; Broke, Fat, and Stoned

In non-polo news, the Financial Times scooped this morning that the Financial Crisis Inquiry (aka Angelides) Commission is threatening to... More

Looking the Other Way on Wall Street

NYT’s Morgenson reports that Wall Street knew that bundled loans didn’t meet standards

Gretchen Morgenson had an excellent column in yesterday's Times that gets at one of the core issues if criminal cases... More

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

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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