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The Audit

TNR on Obama and Regulation

Secretary of Audit Dean Starkman has often criticized the press for its lackluster coverage of regulation, while acknowledging that it's... More

Stiglitz, Wolf, Pearlstein, Huffington: Media & Economics Conference, April 6

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A day-long conference on Columbia University's campus will explore the problems and opportunities posed by reporting on a financial... More

NYT’s Rose-Colored Small Biz Scenario

The New York Times paints an awfully pretty picture of older workers who decide to launch their own businesses. Trouble... More

CNBC Millionaires Don’t Believe in Predatory Lending

Barry Ritholtz points to this ludicrous CNBC segment where everyone gangs up on Janet Tavakoli for pointing out the obvious:... More

Audit Notes: Monopoly Culture, Health Care, SNLers on CFPA

Thomas Frank reviews an interesting-looking book on monopolies in the American economy—one that argues that there are more than you... More

The NYT Muffs the Second-Day Fed-CFPA Story

The New York Times tries to play catch-up on the proposal to put the Consumer Financial Protection Agency inside the... More

Meme Change

It looks like an economic meme change is on the way, with some thoughtful columnists charting the course. The Times’s... More

Corporate Welfare Columns, Yea and Nay

The Washington Post's Steven Pearlstein takes on corporate welfare at the local level today and shows how such a column... More

Audit Notes: Deflation, SEC Wrist Slap, ARMs

It seems odd that the press hasn't written more about the threat of deflation. Paul Krugman, no inflation hawk he,... More

Audit D.C. Notes: Collender on reconciliation; WSJ on stalled jobs

--Stan Collender shows why he’s considered one of Washington’s brighter budget bulbs, with a Roll Call column that explains why... More

Lessons in Rahmology

The arc of a who’s-up, who’s-down story

The Washington Post gives White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel the page-one attention that befits this big personality with... More

Newspapers’ Online Ads Are Worse Than You Think

Martin Langeveld points out something interesting in Scripps's fourth-quarter earnings: Those already-dismal online advertising numbers you've seen for newspapers? They're... More

Fed Up, Consumers Down

The Federal Reserve isn't exactly known as a friend of the little guy. And for good reason. So it borders... More

Audit Notes: CDS Ban, WSJ v. NYT, A No-Layoffs Policy

Wolfgang Munchau asks in the Financial Times why it's still legal to buy credit-default swaps when you don't own the... More

The Unemployed on the Payday Loan Treadmill

The Los Angeles Times reports that payday lenders are feasting on the jobless, taking huge chunks of their unemployment checks... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


The 10 worst New Yorker longreads (Gawker)

“[A]pparently [Adam] Gopnik did not know you could bake fancy breads from France and other cultures. So he got his mom to teach him how to bake them. A fine anecdote, maybe, to tell a friend or a therapist. But in this case he wrote about it for the New Yorker, a magazine.”

Insufferable parenthetical asides, ranked (The Hairpin)

18. (strictly for the mise-en-scene)

You are now entering the demented kingdom of William T. Vollmann (TNR)

“Franzen tells a hilarious story of being a young writer in New York, meeting Vollmann, becoming fast friends, and inaugurating a draft swap. A while later, they exchanged work. Franzen gave Vollmann a dozen chiseled pages. Vollmann gave Franzen an entire novel.”

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