Friday, December 19, 2014. Last Update: Fri 6:50 AM EST

The Audit

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

The Future? We Hope Not

NYT’s Politico profile paints a scary picture

The New York Times magazine profile of Mike Allen, the force-of-nature Politico reporter, has been much anticipated—at least in the... More

Goldman’s Forked Tongue

NYT and WSJ blow up a bank defense on the Paulson-Abacus deal

Yesterday, The Wall Street Journal punctured one of Goldman Sach's self-defenses in the Abacus scandal: That it lost $90 million... 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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