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The Audit

“BP Journalists” and Their Greatest Propaganda Hits

Tone-deaf PR from the oil spiller

The Wall Street Journal's Benoit Faucon got a hold of BP's in-house magazine Planet BP, and has some fun with... More

Beneath the Controversy, Lots of Good Reporting in Rolling Stone’s McChrystal Story

The reaction to Rolling Stone’s profile of Gen. Stanley McChrystal has been fast and furious. But while we wonder what’s... More

The SEC Is After Two Dow Jones Journalists’ Emails

Gary Weiss asks a heckuva good question: "What in heaven’s name is the SEC thinking? Is it completely out to... More

Audit Notes: Magnetar, ICP Unmasked, Communities vs. Corporations

The Wall Street Journal reported this weekend that the SEC is ratcheting up its investigation of Magnetar, the hedge fund... More

“Rock-Jawed Titans of Industry Don’t Really Like Free Markets”

As Kevin Drum says, they prefer monopolies like the ones Visa and MasterCard enjoy

Kevin Drum, in dismissing Matt Ygeslias's qualms about over-regulating the credit and debit card industry, touches on an excellent point... More

WSJ: BP Fund Between a “Shake Down” and a “Capitulation”

Every once in a while (which is far too often, needless to say) the distinct stench of Rupert Murdoch wafts... More

Audit Notes: Energy Economy, Fraud Fight, Worst Banking Crisis

The Washington Post's Ezra Klein posts a fascinating graphic from the showing where our energy comes from and how it... More

Audit D.C. Notes: A Deal Unravels, Vuvuzela Valentine, Senate Sport

Politico has some great reporting on the Democrats’ backroom maneuvering to pass the Disclose Act, which would increase disclosure requirements... More

The Economist Off the Deep End on BP and “Vladimir Obama”

The Economist has a pathetic leader this week criticizing Obama for hammering BP and raising the ridiculous idea that his... More

Shining Light on the Debt Commission

I’m not usually a big fan of ambush journalism. But I’m making an exception for Alex Lawson of Social Security... More

Audit Notes: Mortgage Charges, BP Testimony, FT.com Ad Revenue

The Washington Post calls the charges against Lee Farkas "to date the biggest criminal case related to the crisis that... More

WaPo Flags Obama Inaction on Wall Street Crime

It doesn't inspire confidence in the Washington Post that it fails to mention the blockbuster SEC fraud charges against Goldman... More

Audit D.C. Notes: Ouija Boards, Older 99ers, Making Lemonade

The Washington Post picks a good moment to profile Scott Rasmussen, the pollster who’s hitting the big-time, even if the... More

Beleaguered Pensioners

It’s a good thing that BP investors are taking it on the chin

Atrios says: I really can't believe how fast the "you can't hurt BP! If you do, you're just hurting poor... More

WSJ Comes Up Short on BP Boycott Effects

The Wall Street Journal dodders onto the boycott-BP story, writing that not visiting BP service stations won't hurt BP much... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


The White House deploys minders to interviews all the time (WaPo)

“Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between reporters and the proverbial ‘senior administration officials’ is conducted in the presence of a press staffer”

The down-and-dirty history of TMZ (BuzzFeed)

“TMZ’s real engine — what defines its mission, what legitimizes it and sets it apart — is a unique and controversial mix of scandal mongering and investigative journalism”

The 10 worst New Yorker longreads (Gawker)

“[A]pparently [Adam] Gopnik did not know you could bake fancy breads from France and other cultures. So he got his mom to teach him how to bake them. A fine anecdote, maybe, to tell a friend or a therapist. But in this case he wrote about it for the New Yorker, a magazine.”

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