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The Audit

Congress Gives Defense Spending a Look

Will the press do the same?

The Hill is good to notice a small but potentially significant change in lawmakers’ attitudes toward Pentagon spending: a “growing... More

Weil on How the Government Shields Fraudsters

Did you know you can't sue somebody if they help cheat you out of money via securities fraud? I didn't.... More

Audit Notes: SEC Chills, Tallahassee Paywall, Goldman TLC

Felix Salmon takes on the SEC's backdoor subpoena of two Dow Jones journalists' communications: ... it nullifies a huge amount... More

CNBC’s Quick Pushes for Prosecutions in Fortune

The combo of CNBC and Fortune, while not quite a WSJ editorial board/Forbes sandwich, doesn't exactly make you think McClure's.... More

Reporting on Orszag Departure is Skin Deep

Peter Orszag’s decision to step down as the White House budget director didn’t get much press attention. The comings and... More

Audit Notes: Rolling Stone Robbed, STOLI, Forbes.com SEO

Our Greg Marx wrote about how Politico and Time, bizarrely, posted Rolling Stone's blockbuster scoop on General McCrystal and staff's... More

“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

The ethics of The Guardian’s Whisper bombshell - It would have been a journalistic lapse not to have told readers

Gawker: The internet bully - Nick Denton’s media empire is an intellectual online fraternity that invites people to their parties only to make them buy the booze

The Washington Post short-sells a reporter’s integrity - Steven Pearlstein smears TheStreet’s Adam Feuerstein for criticizing a biotech firm

Former Sun-Times staffers react to top reporter’s resignation - “Whereas we don’t have all the answers, we have way too many questions about what happened here”

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks


‘My Captivity’ (NYT Mag)

An American journalist on his two-year kidnapping in Syria

FBI faked an AP story, in Seattle Times style, to catch a suspect (Seattle Times)

“‘We are outraged that the FBI, with the apparent assistance of the US Attorney’s Office, misappropriated the name of The Seattle Times to secretly install spyware on the computer of a crime suspect,’ said Seattle Times Editor Kathy Best”

How one reporter copes inside the ‘Ebola bubble’ (BuzzFeed)

“Bring gloves to give nurses you meet at clinics, even if you’re there for a story. Get small change to give to the kids who have been out of school for months and are selling ground nuts for pitiful sums on the side of road. Hell, give them candy. Violate all the principles of ostensibly good aid stewardship, because the good stewardship of the developed world didn’t get help here in time, and now everyone is dying around you.”

Fake news sites using Facebook to spread Ebola panic (The Verge)

“These sites claim to be satirical but lack even incompetent attempts at anything resembling humor”

Bloggingheads

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

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