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NYT Shows Banks Playing Dirty on Overdrafts

The New York Times is excellent to spotlight how banks are using aggressive marketing tactics to try to trick customers... More

Audit Notes: Goldman-Greece, Planet Money, Leverage Limits

The Wall Street Journal flooded the zone on the Goldman-Greece debt scandal with a troika of stories today. On page... More

On Bad Times, Times Does Good

With the unemployment rate hovering near 10 percent and a staggering 6.3 million people jobless for six months or more—the... More

The WSJ Is Hit and Miss on Geithner

The Wall Street Journal has some interesting reporting this morning on Tim Geithner—reporting that doesn't do him any good. But... More

Audit Notes: The Fed Move Means…;Reuters on the SEC, Apple; WaPo on CRE gloom, etc.

The Fed move means... ...an end to emergency measures—Bloomberg. ...an end to easy bank profits—the Times. ...the financial system is... More

Audit Notes: An NYT Dud on Regulators; A Good Day for M&I; FT on AIG; HuffPo on Mortgages, etc.

--Dean Baker is right to criticize the Times story this morning that reported on talks to set up a financial... More

Some Stimulus Coverage More Stimulating Than Others

On the year anniversary of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, figuring out good ways to cover the stimulus is... More

As the Hamster Wheel Turns

As productivity demands soar, journalists need to talk

In a piece on growing discontent on The Associated Press’s business desk, Gawker reported that the desk has a deal... More

Audit Notes: Koblin Continues on Kouwe; Old Reformers; A good, quick WSJ probe; Charlie Moves Over, etc.

-John Koblin continues to turn in strong work for the Observer on the Times Bizday plagiarism story, this time with... More

Threading the “News Analysis” Needle

The lines between news and news analysis, and news analysis and opinion, are necessarily fuzzy. Most people would agree about... More

Audit Notes: NYO on an NYT Plagiarism Problem; Three Good Ones in the WSJ; plus Wolf

--John Koblin at the Observer broke an important story about apparent plagiarism involving Times business staffer Zachery Kouwes. A Times's... More

A Polk for Pittman

Long Island University announced the winners of the 2009 Polk Awards this morning, and we at The Audit want to... More

A Grecian Formula for Globalized News

The New York Times had a strong Sunday story about Wall Street’s role in masking the Greek debt that is... More

It’s Still the Economy, Stupid

More indications that the economy drives political outcomes

One of the side effects of what’s been dubbed the “the permanent campaign” is a proliferation of reporting on public... More

Audit Notes: Bloomberg on the Financial Protection Agency; FT’s Volcker Get; Norris Gets Almost There; Greece as Bear Stearns, etc.

--Bloomberg does a good job tracking the dimming prospects of a consumer finance protection agency, yet another indication, as far... 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 White House deploys minders to interviews all the time (WaPo)

“Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between reporters and the proverbial ‘senior administration officials’ is conducted in the presence of a press staffer”

The down-and-dirty history of TMZ (BuzzFeed)

“TMZ’s real engine — what defines its mission, what legitimizes it and sets it apart — is a unique and controversial mix of scandal mongering and investigative journalism”

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.”

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