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The Audit

Skimming the Surface

Will the financial reform bill lead to more bailouts? You won’t find out in today’s NYT story

The front page of today’s New York Times features an article on the state of play on financial reform that... More

But Why Didn’t Regulators Regulate?

Bethany McLean mostly misses with her column in The New York Times on who's really to blame in the sordid... More

Def Com: It’s Alive

Early Coverage of Deficit Commission, from Gloomy to Doomed

The deficit commission created by President Obama holds its first meeting today, and a couple of preview pieces stand out... More

Audit Notes: WSJ Blotter, Deutsche CDOs, Wall Street Praised for Its Self Control

The Wall Street Journal's much-anticipated New York section arrived today, but your humble Seattle Audit bureau didn't get it in... More

Apple’s Aggression Against the Press (Yep, Gizmodo Counts)

Gawker Media's Gizmodo got hold of a lost iPhone prototype last week after paying the person who found it $5,000.... More

FT Buries the Lede on Ex-SEC Officials and Goldman

I did a double-take this weekend while reading the Financial Times. The paper put out a story headlined "Handling of... More

Look at the Jobless Rate for the New Joads

Naked Capitalism shines some light on an aspect of the long, sad unemployment story that we don’t hear nearly enough... More

Chris Ware Shows Fortune the Mirror on the 500

Limits to what can be said in the friendly confines of the business press

Surely, the times call for pointed critiques of corporate America. Fortune commissioned the cartoonist Chris Ware to propose a cover... More

Audit Notes: Ritholtz, Google Spies, Schumer Shies on Shilling

Barry Ritholtz writes a superb post on the Goldman Sachs Abacus scandal. Wall Street loves complexity because it either tricks... More

WSJ Blows the Ratings-Agencies Story

The Wall Street Journal does a terrible job today of covering the ratings-agency investigation news, which is a big deal... More

The Times Forgets Its Own Goldman Reporting

One key part of Goldman Sachs's defense in the Abacus scandal is that it lost a pile of money on... More

Audit Notes: Michael Lewis, Sebastian Mallaby, Bill Black

Michael Lewis explains very clearly to the too-clever-by-half folks over at Goldman Sachs (an Audit funder) why what they did... More

Reuters’s Beefed-Up Enterprise Reporting Is Paying Off

Reuters and Murray Waas are at it again with another great health-care investigation. It shows how WellPoint, the second-largest health... More

WSJ’s Good Idea on Abacus Needed More Context

I like that The Wall Street Journal zeroes in on the specific homeowners at the core of the Abacus bet.... More

Audit Notes: Yes, There Was a Housing Bubble; Magnetar; Facebook

Dean Baker bizarrely dismisses the role Wall Street chicanery had in inflating the bubble: It Was the Housing Bubble: Not... More

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins - A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud - A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies


The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

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