Tuesday, September 02, 2014. Last Update: Tue 3:20 PM EST

The Audit

Old-Fashioned WSJ Leder Spotted in the Wild

The Wall Street Journal goes back to its roots with an excellent old-fashioned leder this morning. It's a well-told tale... More

ProPublica Humdinger on a Diabolical CDO Scheme

Investigation shows in detail how hedge-fund Magnetar gamed the system and kept the bubble going

Jesse Eisinger and Jake Bernstein of ProPublica have a fantastic investigation out today of Magnetar, a short-selling hedge fund that... More

“And now, more than 4,000 posts later…”

More tales from the journalism hamster wheel

A funny thing is happening right now on Michael Calderone’s Politico blog: nothing. That’s because Calderone, prolific chronicler of the... More

WSJ Story Shows Repo 105 Was Just the Beginning

An excellent investigation uncovers Wall Street hiding its true debt levels

This is what you call a great piece of enterprise reporting. The Wall Street Journal this morning has a major... More

Audit Notes: FHLB Bomb, Subprime Fraud, Gannett Is Cheap

Bloomberg's Jon Weil has the Lede of the Day, writing about a "trillion-dollar time bomb": The Federal Home Loan Banks... More

Politico’s Interesting Take on Down-and-Sort-of-Out Rubin

Politico takes a look today at Robert Rubin, declaring him “decidedly out of favor in the nation’s capital.” There’s no... More

Fortune FAIL: One-Source Story on Credit-Card Reform

Ah, the one-source story. Nasty habit of Bloomberg and the Financial Times—and now Fortune. The magazine interviews Wall Street analyst... More

Audit Notes: Waxman Whacks Wolff, Salon Whacks Wolff, Brooks Just Wack

Finally, somebody gets up the nerve to slap a cease-and-desist on Michael Wolff's parasitic Newser. Sharon Waxman and he have... More

Audit D.C. Notes: Newsweek Lets Simpson Speak for Himself; American Banker Connects Politics and Policy, The Hill on the Obvious, Etc.

The bipartisan commission on the national debt established by President Obama is set to start working in a few weeks,... More

Jamie Dimon and JP Morgan on the Dole

How the bank puts politicians and taxpayers over a barrel

The Wall Street Journal's front-page story on Jamie Dimon's efforts to prevent regulatory reform sent me off on a tangent... More

Audit D.C. Notes: National Journal Uncovers Who Makes What on K Street; WaPo on What We Think About Homeownership, NYT on What to Expect, Etc.

What do they make? It’s what everyone wants to know, especially when it comes to the small world of K... More

Grove’s Death Knell for White House Press Corps Skips a Beat

The Daily Beast’s Lloyd Grove tries to declare the death of the White House press corps. And he makes a... More

Compensation Complaints

The Wall Street Journal reports that Wall Street pay hit a record (asterisk attached) last year at $140 billion. That's... More

Backwards Steps by the WSJ and NYT on iPad

The papers cripple everyday Web features in their apps for a walled-in environment

I compared the design and content of the Times and Wall Street Journal on the iPad earlier. Now let's take... More

IPad Review: New York Times vs. Wall Street Journal

In a promising start, the Times looks a lot better, but the Journal is full-featured

First of all, let me say that the iPad is indeed a Big Deal. All those journalism-future discussions you've had... More

Q&A: An Apple critic with plenty to say - John Siracusa’s legendary - and lengthy - Apple reviews reach their 15th year

Why one editor won’t run any more op-eds by the Heritage Foundation’s top economist - A reply to Paul Krugman on state taxes and job growth made some incorrect claims

4 topics John Oliver explained more clearly than television news - The political satirist brings explainer comedy to HBO viewers

Michael Brown shooting and the crimes journalists choose as newsworthy - Examining why black suspects are covered at a greater proportion than they commit crimes

GOP-backed fake news sites target Dems in congressional races - - Unlike The Onion and other satire sites, the goal is to fool voters, not make them laugh


New WaPo publisher (WaPo)

The departure of Katharine Weymouth ends eight decades of Graham family leadership

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.”

Bloggingheads

Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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