Thursday, October 30, 2014. Last Update: Thu 10:46 AM EST

The Audit

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

The FT Makes a Mess of Its Goldman Subprime Story

The perils of limiting stories to 500 words are well illustrated here

This Financial Times story is frustrating. On the one hand, the paper is great to zero in on Goldman Sachs's... More

WaPo on Not Really Walking Away

The Washington Post is good to notice a shift among lenders, who have become more aggressive about going after borrowers... More

Audit Notes: Volcker Pans Geithner, BP Bust, Single-Scoop Recession

Obama administration advisor Paul Volcker says the Obama administration's resolution authority won't work to unwind too big to fail banks... More

Audit D.C. Notes: Ethics in The Hill, Lobbyists Not on the Hill, New Sheriff in Town, Part IV

The Hill did good work breaking the news that a House ethics office “is demanding fundraising information from lobbyists on... More

Lazarus Gets the Interchange Issue Right

David Lazarus of the Los Angeles Times takes a nice, nuanced look at interchange fees, which is the cut the... More

Congress Confirms WSJ’s Story on BP’s Corner-Cutting

The evidence keeps stacking up that BP cut all kinds of corners to save time and money at the expense... More

Audit Notes: Wall Street’s Predators, Tate on Apple, Dow “10,000”

Speaking of the poverty business, journalist Gary Rivlin has a good piece at The Huffington Post listing all the Wall... More

WSJ: Lever Up Your Portfolio!

All the “to be sures” in the world aren’t enough to save this one

The Wall Street Journal ought to know better than to write a big article about why "There Has Never Been... More

Audit Notes: Mortgage Fraud, Deflation Threat, Starkman Win

The Financial Times reports that the FBI is preparing to drop the hammer on the mortgage fraudsters: The FBI is... 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


Which news org is the most trusted? (Pew)

The answer is complicated

‘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.”

Bloggingheads

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

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