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The Audit

Pushing Back Against Facebook’s Privacy Practices

The press and others bring needed new scrutiny to the social network

The press has begun an overdue backlash against Facebook, whose privacy invasions have grown increasingly brazen as its user base... More

Audit Notes: ProPublica’s Dead Prez Prospectuses; Citi and Deutsche, Too; Michael Lewis

ProPublica's Marian Wang advances the WSJ's scoop on the Morgan Stanley "Dead Presidents" investigation, publishing prospectuses from Citigroup and UBS—the... More

At the WSJ, A Question of Trust

The real issue in the Kagan softball dustup: The paper has lost credibility in the Murdoch era

"As News Corp. has consolidated its control of the paper they have increasingly come to demand enterprise journalism that serves... More

WSJ: Feds Investigating Morgan Stanley CDOs

Morgan Stanley is under criminal investigation for Abacus-like CDO deals, The Wall Street Journal scoops this morning, showing that the... More

Audit Notes: Post’s Silver Medal, HAMPered, “The Iran Edition”

The New York Post reported this weekend that regulators have criminal and civil investigations underway into possible manipulation of the... More

The FT Stands By Its Moody’s Story, As It Should

This morning I noted that a 2008 Financial Times story led to an SEC investigation of credit-ratings firm Moody's. I... More

WSJ Stretches with Black-Swan Theory of the Crash

A tried and true way to draw readers to your blog is to say something provocative in your headline and... More

Bond Charts Should Be As Good As Stock Charts

Right Now They Just Lie There

The papers are filled with charts illustrating Monday’s big rebound in the stock market. But what we really need these... More

The FT’s 2008 Moody’s Scoop Makes an Impact

Let us now praise the Financial Times for its investigation of Moody's, which has now, at last, resulted in an... More

Audit Notes: “Populism” (Argh), Bush-Era Regulation, Tom Friedman

Yves Smith has a good post on a longtime pet peeve of The Audit: Misuse of the word "populism." The... More

WaPo Does Well on Payday Lenders Pushing for Protection

The Washington Post does a nice job of highlighting just how worried payday lenders and check cashers are about the... More

The HuffPost’s Business Reporting Shows the Site Maturing

Let's get it out of the way up top that I think The Huffington Post is a mess—a schizophrenic, mostly... More

Audit Notes: Facebook Creeps, Apple and Ridicule, CDS Carnage

As Facebook continues to steadily invade its users' privacy, it's been somewhat difficult to convey how exactly this has happened.... More

Good WSJ Probe Shows Oil Regulator’s Capture

The Wall Street Journal has a great investigation on Minerals Management Service, the regulator supposed to oversee oil drilling. The... More

Coverage of TBTF Amendment FAIL Fails

The Senate voted 61-33 yesterday against the so-called SAFE Banking Act, an amendment to the financial-reform bill that would have... 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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