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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

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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