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A piracy defense walks the plank at the Post (UPDATED)

A blogger gets schooled by the meanies of Big Copyright

There are many problems with Timothy B. Lee's Washington Post blog post on Hollywood's supposed culpability for the theft of... More

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Audit Notes: Shutdown/debt ceiling edition

The consequences have already begun

Audit pal Felix Salmon has an important piece on the Republicans' debt-ceiling insanity, writing that "the default has already begun"—as... More

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A Fed whistleblower on Goldman’s conflicts¬≤

ProPublica excels while the NYT’s DealBook slips

ProPublica's Jake Bernstein reports on the intriguing tale of Carmen Segarra, a former Goldman Sachs bank examiner at the New... More

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Audit Notes: Ginger Baker, $15 minimum wage, fisking Niall

The Cream legend just can’t stomach insipid questions from the press

Ginger Baker, the former Cream drummer, gives the interview of the month to Rolling Stone. Baker is simply not having... More

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T-Mobile shows upside of M&A skepticism

After AT&T’s disastrous attempted acquisition, T-Mobile upends convention

Two years ago, AT&T announced it had agreed to acquire T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom for $39 billion. The deal... More

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Too Big to Fail banks still extend, pretend

American Banker reports the big four are sitting on tens of billions of dollars of losses

American Banker's Kate Berry has a very interesting piece on the pile of bad mortgages the big banks still have... More

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No paywalls, please: we’re the Guardian

Everyone’s favorite newspaper is on a risky financial course

Everyone loves the Guardian—well, everyone except Rupert Murdoch, the British intelligence apparatus, the American intelligence apparatus, and bullies, sneaks, and... More

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The Celebrity Journal

Stars are turning up in the once-august paper for little or no reason

I noticed The Wall Street Journal's "The Experts" back in March when the advertiser-friendly special section ran a story on... More

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Frontline’s landmark ‘League of Denial’

A gripping story of decades of NFL coverup and the deadly consequences

We already know most of the information Frontline presents in its gripping "League of Denial" documentary on the NFL and... More

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The looming debt-ceiling catastrophe

Republicans, inside their media bubble, head for disaster

The Republicans in Congress are holding the debt ceiling hostage—yet again—with potentially catastrophic consequences: "Hand over the Obamacare or the... More

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WaPo eyes FDA access-peddling by academics

At $25,000 a pop, a chance for Big Pharma to influence how their drugs would be tested

We write a lot about Wall Street corruption here at The Audit. But if you ask me, Wall Street's got... More

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Audit Notes: Stuart Varney, German papers, Pando garbage

The Fox anchor tries on the Lou Dobbs faux-populist mantle, fails

Media Matters catches Fox Business's Stuart Varney in a viler-than-usual moment calling in to a radio show (emphasis mine): HOWELL:... More

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Hank Greenberg’s narcissistic and deluded defense of Jamie Dimon

In the WSJ, naturally

This Hank Greenberg column in the Journal on Tuesday is more shameless than your average WSJ op-ed. And that's saying... More

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Audit Notes: DealBook on JPMorgan excuses, Journal-Sentinel, AngelList

Dimon’s in a world of hurt of his own making

The New York Times's Peter Eavis has another excellent story for the paper's often-Wall Street-friendly DealBook on JPMorgan Chase and... More

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Lessons from The Dallas Morning News’s failed paywall

The paper shuns the meter model and flops

In May 2009, Dallas Morning News publisher Jim Moroney told the Senate that a paywall didn't make sense for his... More

PBS pulls ads from Harper’s Magazine after critical essay - Piece argues public broadcaster has fallen under the sway of political influence and outside money

Should all journalists be on Twitter? - Reasons to take up or forgo the 140-character platform

Chris Hondros: How He Got that Picture - From CJR’s Covering Iraq oral history

Beware journo-speak - Only journalists would call a tragedy a “mishap”

Will feminist writers save Playboy? - As Playboy’s safe-for-work site has passed the one-month mark, a look at the online media’s bedazzled reactions, and how the new image suits the old brand


Lawmakers on why they’re mired in place (Esquire)

Mark Warren “spoke with 90 members of the House and Senate about what’s gone so wrong in Congress. Sometimes it got a little emotional.”

My childhood friend, the ISIS jihadist (Mashable)

How a young Danish man turned extremist

What it’s like to carry a Nobel Prize through Fargo (SciAm)

“And they’re like, ‘Uhhhh. Who gave this to you?’ ‘The King of Sweden.’ ‘Why did he give this to you?’ ‘Because I helped discover the expansion rate of the universe was accelerating.’”

Newspapers prefer lesbians (Bloomberg)

In five states that just got gay marriage, the vast majority of local papers covered it with photos of women getting hitched

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