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The Audit

Audit Notes: Extend and Pretend, Low Paid U.S. Autoworkers, BP

The Wall Street Journal has a very good page-one story on commercial real estate (my old group there) and how... More

Business Journalism on Prozac

A look at an issue of Fortune

Fortune is the happy-go-luckiest magazine in business these days. Which means it's way out of step with the times. Why,... More

Audit Notes: Study Hall, BP’s Skimpy Skimmers, “Resource Extraction”

How wimpy is the financial-reform legislation? CNNMoney.com's Jennifer Liberto writes that Congress is passing the buck to regulators to do... More

Cohan’s Messy Goldman Apology

Faulty logic on too big to fail

William D. Cohan has a complete jumble of a piece over at The New York Times's Opinionator site. Cohan writes... More

It’s About Idiosyncrasy, Not Ideology

Learning to live with opinions at the Post

Plenty has been written about Dave Weigel’s departure from The Washington Post. But Andrew Alexander, the Post ombudsman, made a... More

Audit Notes: Change Deferred, Bailout Blues, Reporting on BP

Barry Ritholtz with some good thoughts on what the bailouts hath wrought: Most people still do not understand what was... More

Woot Raises a Zombie Lie From the Dead (Again)

The AP does not charge bloggers to quote its stories

The left blogosphere has a useful concept called "zombie lies"—information that's false and been debunked but continues to pop up... More

Circling Back on the Orszag Story

When Peter Orszag said he was leaving his job as OMB chief a couple of weeks ago, the reporting about... More

ProPublica and Frontline with a Save on BP

Another giant toxic emission from the oil giant goes undernoticed until now

That one almost slipped through the cracks. A month ago, the Galveston Daily News's T.J. Aulds broke a big story... More

Audit Notes: Maiden Lane, AIG Off Easy, Spitzer

Bloomberg reports that Tim Geithner and Ben Bernanke didn't tell Congress the whole truth when they testified about the Bear... More

Influence Game

NYT’s Podesta profile lets lobbyist define the terms

The New York Times has the very good idea to profile Tony Podesta, whose Washington lobbying group has made a... More

Google’s Monopoly Money

The onus ought to be on the search giant to justify why it should be allowed to acquire businesses

The question ought to be why should a $140 billion monopoly be able to snap up a smaller competitor, not... More

Audit Notes: Up the Chain at BP, Bank Blinkers, Goldman’s Board

It's been clear from The Wall Street Journal's earlier reporting, and that of other publications, that BP cut all kinds... More

Mom, Apple Pie, and… Credit-Default Swaps?

Daniel Indiviglio says Main Street might be forced to pony up a trillion dollars of collateral on derivatives because of... More

Audit D.C. Notes: Journal Overreach, Overjoyed in Auckland, the New Blue Collar

Elena Kagan's confirmation hearings might not have produced the drama that some had hoped for. But that hardly justifies the... 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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