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The Audit

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

Apple’s Controlling Instincts Censor Ulysses All Over Again

Apple continues to run amok censoring iPad/iPhone apps, now forcing changes to a graphic novel version of James Joyce's Ulysses.... More

Mixed Effort From Bloomberg on a Hedge Fund Tycoon’s Taxes

Bloomberg is good to examine how hedge-fund kingpin Eddie Lampert, No. 316 on Forbes richest in the world list, may... More

Audit Notes: TBTF, Billionaire’s Free Pass(ing), Poverty Profiteers in Paris

The Journal's David Wessel looks at the divide over what to do about too big to fail. Even mainstream economists... More

Goldman Seizes Some of the Spotlight Back from BP

Goldman Sachs must have been enjoying its month-long respite from Most Despised Capitalist status. That crown rests quite easily on... More

Audit Notes: A WSJ Winner, BPA in Canned Goods, AIG

Wouldn't it be ironic if Rupert Murdoch and Robert Thomson watered down the Journal's print Pulitzer-winning prowess but got the... More

An NYT Win on a Countrywide Mortgage Scam

The Federal Trade Commission slapped a $108 million fine on Countrywide/Bank of America earlier this week. Tough investigative business journalism... More

Deficit Dominant

In its story on the Obama administration’s apparent inability to take strong steps to spur the economy and create jobs,... More

NYT’s DealBook, Stenographer to Private Equity

The private-equity industry is issuing a "dire warning" about the consequences of raising its taxes, the NYT's DealBook reports. In... More

Audit Notes: Bloomberg Blues, Fool’s Gold, TBTF Primer

I think this Bloomberg story is important. But I'm not exactly sure, because it's almost unreadable. Here's one reason it... More

Audit D.C. Notes: The Disappearing Watchdog, Dinner—and Dollars—with a Staffer, Tax Help Needed

Our comrades-in-criticism at the American Journalism Review are out with an important piece about the alarming decline of watchdog reporting... More

ProPublica and WaPo on the Rotten Culture at BP

ProPublica and the Washington Post team up for an investigation today on BP's history of flaunting environmental safety regulations. Particularly... More

Audit Notes: Links, Readability, Distractions, Wired

Jason Fry weighs in on the Nicholas Carr links-as-distractions discussion, with a thoughtful post breaking down the issue. Fry says... More

Politico Sees Public Unions Under Fire

But adds to the problem it describes

Politico picks a good moment to write about the way public employee unions have landed in the crosshairs, as politicians... More

HHS Gets Tough With Execs. What About the SEC?

The Department of Health and Human Services is getting aggressive at rooting out fraud in Big Pharma, Fortune reports. From... More

Virginian-Pilot journalists: Corporate management pressure is stifling coverage - “Lovers of journalism in this newsroom are pissed. It’s bad.”

Paper files public records request—and city’s response is a lawsuit - Local officials argue Montana courts should strike balance between privacy and disclosure

BBC Pop-Up reports from small town America - A small team is traveling across the United States for six months in hopes of finding underreported local stories

What game design can do for journalism - Three newly selected fellows at American University talk about the medium’s future

Timeline, an app based on ‘the history of…’ - But chronology doesn’t reveal everything


We should all step back from security journalism (Medium)

“It should be made clear, in law, that the tasks security reseachers do to make the net more secure and journalists do to understand and contextualize the truth for the public are not crimes”

Trust In Business And Media Is Declining, But People Have Faith In Search Engines (Buzzfeed)

People have become less trusting of major institutions, according to the annual Edelman Trust Barometer. And large majorities doubt that businesses want to make the world a better place.

With New Charlie Hebdo Cover, News Value Should Have Prevailed (NYT)

Public editor Margaret Sullivan on why the paper should have published the images.

An Old Fogey’s Analysis of a Teenager’s View on Social Media (Medium)

“I feel the need to offer my perspective as someone who is not a teenager but who has thought about these issues extensively for years.”

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