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The Audit

Audit D.C. Notes: Sweetheart Deals, Tax Talk, Commission Coverage

The Wall Street Journal does well by staying on top of the controversial Countrywide lending program that provided sweet deals... More

What They Don’t Know

The press has work to do on the deficit debate

With all the buzz about cutting the deficit, the press should be all over the job of explaining how much... More

WSJ on the Lookout for Poor Lending

The Wall Street Journal has its ear to the ground for signs of bubble-era lending, and it's come up with... More

Audit Notes: Bloomberg Misses, Indiviglio Hits, Shadow Banking

Bloomberg puts a strangely positive spin on a Goldman Sachs story, and Felix Salmon calls them out on it. Here's... More

WSJ Tries to Tie Farmers to Bank Reform, Fails

The Wall Street Journal blows it big time with a hyped-up page-one story on how the financial-reform bill would affect... More

Anatomy of a Zombie Lie

The AP and the “charging $12.50 to quote five words” meme

As I wrote last week, bloggers have repeatedly pumped the story that the AP charges us to quote its stories.... More

Sorkin Types Up Hank Paulson’s Historical Revisionism

The ex-Treasury secretary, Wall Street CEO until mid-2006, gets a free ride

Andrew Ross Sorkin lets Hank Paulson spin away this morning in a column about the former Treasury Secretary's thoughts on... More

End of the Line for the 99ers

WaPo highlights the longtime jobless

The Washington Post does a good job highlighting a detail that usually gets glossed over in coverage of the unemployment... More

Audit Notes: Radical Wolf, BofA Repo, Radical Douthat

Martin Wolf says we're not thinking big enough about the real estate crisis. And he's thinking Big indeed, saying that... More

BusinessWeek on BP’s Economic Devastation of the Gulf

If it's hard to get your head around an environmental disaster on the scale of BP's Gulf oil spill, it's... More

Audit Notes: The Rich and the Ruthless, Twin Otter, Luskin

Holly Yeager dinged The New York Times earlier today for its story on how the rich are defaulting on their... More

The Wall Street Journal Editorial Page, Encapsulated

Here's just about all you need to know (or quite a bit, anyway) about the Wall Street Journal editorial page,... More

The Rich Are Different, Still

The NYT follows the Journal to the wealthy default story

The New York Times caught my eye with a front-page story on how the housing crisis is hitting the upper... More

The Plain Dealer on the LeBron Betrayal

Sportswriter Mike Vaccaro gets it exactly right on the amazing front page of the Cleveland Plain Dealer today: Newspapers can... More

(Ex) Titans of Industry Against Free Trade Fundamentalism

Intel founder Andy Grove calls for a serious re-examination of our trade and industrial policies

Former Intel chief Andy Grove has an extremely important piece in Bloomberg BusinessWeek this week on how Silicon Valley and... 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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