Thursday, August 21, 2014. Last Update: Wed 4:04 PM EST

The Audit

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The minimum wage and the Danish Big Mac

In Denmark, higher wages mean higher prices but they’re still worth it

The Los Angeles Times drops into the debate over whether or how much prices would have to rise at fast-food... More

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Britain’s spooks don’t get the 4th estate

Oliver Robbins on the detention of David Miranda and the seizure of press communications

Last week I disembarked in Denmark to find myself already embroiled in European intrigue—an international espionage scandal, even. Okay, not... More

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Bubbles, bubbles everywhere

Stocks, like housing, are not detached from realistic prices

Press hysteria about another housing bubble seems to have cooled off a bit in the last few months. Which is... More

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ESPN’s journalism problem

A network’s massive conflicts emphasize the need for media independence

Just recently, the Boston Red Sox's parent company bought the Boston Globe, and the head of the dominant online... More

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Audit Notes: Complex collapse, Sears spiral, NYT

The Guardian on the Nasdaq systems failure

The Guardian has an excellent and disturbing take on the crash of Nasdaq's systems on Thursday: A series of system... More

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Those struggling $300,000-a-year households in the WSJ

A terribly boring story, spiced up by the minor discomforts of the rich

This Wall Street Journal day-in-the-life-of story from a couple weeks ago is even more boring than its headline—"What It's Like... More

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The WSJ short-arms a promising Amazon piece

On how physical retailers are getting more competitive on prices

The Wall Street Journal posts a very interesting blog item about how Amazon is showing signs that it's losing its... More

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Bloomberg as the anti-News Corp.

Its transparent handling of snooping allegations starkly contrasts with News Corp. cover-ups

The external review into how Bloomberg News staffers used and misused confidential client data available on Bloomberg LP terminals in... More

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Audit Notes: The Guardian, LAT on the OCR, Google bus piñata

The fallout continues from the paper’s latest revelations

Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger's bombshell column Monday night was one of the biggest pieces of media news in recent years.... More

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Audit Notes: Murdoch’s hacking scandal, disrupted, the fall of Detroit

The police eye the corporation in their hacking and bribery investigation

The Independent reported this weekend that the UK police are investigating Rupert Murdoch's News International (now called News UK) for... More

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Guardian bombshells in an escalating battle against journalism

Greenwald partner’s detention, prior-restraint threats, and smashed hard drives

Guardian Editor Alan Rusbridger filed an astonishing column tonight that shows just how far the British authorities are going to... More

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The Washington Post’s pension math

The Grahams didn’t effectively pay to unload the paper

Felix Salmon, my sometime colleague, has a typically good post about the economics of producing journalism. Read the whole thing,... More

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The OC Register’s transportation snarl

A media company’s deal to serve as a broker for a city transportation hub is a bridge too far

Aaron Kushner and his revamped Freedom Communications get huge slack around here. As Ryan Chittum explained in the May/June... More

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Innumeracy in The New York Times on Politico

Revenue is not profit, Ross Douthat

Ross Douthat has been writing a bit about how the Washington Post missed out on becoming Politico. Or owning Politico.... More

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Daily Beast doubles down on Big Mac minimum wage nonsense

Extrapolations collide with hard numbers

There's a petition signed by 100 left-leaning economists that proposes raising the minimum wage to $10.50 an hour. The petition... More

Why The New Yorker’s radical feminism and transgenderism piece was one-sided - “This effectively advances the views of a group that wants to see the genocide of trans women, a group that, data shows, faces extraordinarily high rates of discrimination in every measurable way”

Journalism groups rally around a petition supporting James Risen - The Supreme Court ruled against the NYT reporter, who is refusing to reveal sources

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

Gannett’s changes bring excitement, some pain, and a full-time beer beat - A conversation with Joshua Awtry, the chain’s top editor in the Carolinas

Build the future - Journalism’s deathwatch is over


Last call (Medium)

“The death of newspapers is sad, but the threatened loss of journalistic talent is catastrophic. If that’s you, it’s time to learn something outside the production routine of your current job.”

Maureen Dowd on James Risen (NYT)

“Risen may be trapped in Ibsen, but Obama is channeling Orwell”

Preparing yourself to cover chaos (Medium)

“There are things you should know before you show up, and you’re not going to find them in the current news cycle”

Journalists can get PTSD right at their desks (PSmag)

A new study correlates exposure to violent images with mental health symptoms

Bloggingheads

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

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