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The Audit

New Financial Sheriff in Town, Part III

Times highlights SEC’s latest crackdown—on an Estonian brokerage

The Times continues the business-press tradition of hailing new regulators as saviors from the previous bad regulators. "S.E.C. Enforcers Focus... More

Audit Notes: Bloomberg Backs the Buck; WSJ on Future State Taxes; Big Money vs. Student Loansharks; Mortgage Banker Schadenfreude, etc.

Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner did his best on ABC News’s “This Week” to shoot down Moody’s speculation that the U.S.... More

The Wall Street End Game

Barry Ritholtz sees no new news in yesterday’s Times piece recreating the AIG/Goldman talks, which forced the insurer to hand... More

Audit Notes: Wessel on Press Failure; Cohan On a Bailout Mystery Pair; NYT on Student Loans, etc.

--David Wessel, the WSJ's economics editor, displayed admirable candor to a roomful of his financial press colleagues, I thought, in... More

Bond Market Blow-Ups

If another reminder is needed that we should all pay more attention to the bond market, the Greek debt crisis... More

Audit Notes: Bloomberg on Why It’s Hard Being Green; K Street Roll Call; Reuters on AIG’s latest, etc.

--Bloomberg has a smart take on the problem of subsidizing green jobs: a lot of them are created in China.... More

The Journal Reveals Yet Another Mortgage Bug

This is just a good story by Carrick Mollenkamp in the Journal this morning, showing one more trapdoor in the... More

Audit Notes: WSJ v. Pay-to-Play; NIM(Budget)BY; Limousine Liberal, etc.

--Pay-to-play is a scourge of local and state government, and the Journal does a good job ferreting it out this... More

Toyota No Longer Attacking the L.A. Times

The business press has done well documenting Toyota’s spiraling problems, including this morning’s news that U.S. regulators are accusing the... More

Audit Notes: Reuters Withdraws; Leaving Las Vegas; Reregulation, etc.

--Talking Points Memo had a nice catch of Reuters pulling a story headlined "Backdoor taxes to hit middle class" after... More

Target-Rich Environment

We’re all for flood-the-zone coverage of the budget, so a tip of The Audit’s green eyeshade to The Wall Street... More

Volcker Pushed Back

When Wall Street doesn’t like something, one thing is certain: the public will hear about it. The pushback on the... More

Audit Notes: Times Nicked; Defining Populism; Special Dividends; Intrepid Blogger, etc.

--NYTPicker, an anonymous site devoting to giving the Times a hard time, has an interesting item that says the paper... More

On Paulson’s Sole-Source Account in the WSJ’s News Pages

On page 350 of Too Big To Fail, Andrew Ross Sorkin reports on how Hank Paulson reacted that fateful Sunday,... More

NYT’s AIG Story Puts Spotlight on State Insurance Regulation

The anachronism that is state-based insurance regulation has basically gotten a pass in the financial crisis—what with all the problems... 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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Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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