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The Audit

The Fed and AIG, Day Two

All too often the press seems to want to downplay stories broken by a competitor. So it's good to see... More

Thursday Links: More Fed/AIG, Reuters and SAC, Netflix

The New York Times's DealBook prints the Federal Reserve/AIG emails spotlighted in Bloomberg's scoop this morning, though as the FT's... More

WSJ Revisits the Carried-Interest Tax

What ever happened to the carried-interest tax? The Wall Street Journal looks at that today, reporting that hedge funds and... More

Bloomberg Continues to Lead on the Fed and AIG

Bloomberg has the story of the day today, an eye-raising scoop that the New York Federal Reserve, then headed by... More

Wednesday Links: Double Dip, Fed Failure, Chicago School

Randall W. Forsyth of Barron's is calling a double-dip recession, pointing to the declining money supply calculated by John Williams'... More

BW on How the Dems Watered Down Reform

Bloomberg's acquisition of BusinessWeek may be paying off for its journalism. The cover story in BW is by two Bloomberg... More

WSJ on the Russian Oligarchy’s Survival

The Wall Street Journal this morning profiles an aluminum tycoon on what he reveals about the Russian oligarchy's symbiotic relationship... More

Tuesday Links: The Great Ambiguity, ARMs Crisis, Bailing Out

The New York Times handles the economic-stats news well today with a story that points out the bright spots in... More

The Real Dow

The press almost never reports stock prices in context. It should.

You rarely see anyone, much less the press, report stock returns in inflation-adjusted terms. As we pointed out in October... More

NYT PINs Visa on Transaction Fees

How screwed up does an industry have to be for competition to increase prices? That's the smart question at the... More

Monday Links: The Busted Decade, Hearst’s Skiff, Apple’s Tablet

The Washington Post puts the economic disaster that was the 2000's into proper context with a story and some good... More

Tall Tales from Dubai

The Burj Khalifa in Dubai is a quarter-mile taller than any other office or residential tower in the world. It's... More

The Post Spotlights Secret-Chemicals Law

The Washington Post has an eye-opening story this morning on "secret chemicals" concealed from everyone but a few EPA officials... More

Best of 2009: Ryan Chittum

Chittum picks his top stories from 2009

1. Audit Interview: Mark Pittman "This is not business journalism’s finest hour. But it is our biggest opportunity ever." 2.... More

Best of 2009: Dean Starkman

Starkman picks his top stories from 2009

Note to Audit Readers: The Audit will be taking off its green eyeshade and pince nez during a holiday break... More

The ethics of The Guardian’s Whisper bombshell - It would have been a journalistic lapse not to have told readers

Gawker: The internet bully - Nick Denton’s media empire is an intellectual online fraternity that invites people to their parties only to make them buy the booze

The Washington Post short-sells a reporter’s integrity - Steven Pearlstein smears TheStreet’s Adam Feuerstein for criticizing a biotech firm

Former Sun-Times staffers react to top reporter’s resignation - “Whereas we don’t have all the answers, we have way too many questions about what happened here”

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks


Which news org is the most trusted? (Pew)

The answer is complicated

‘My Captivity’ (NYT Mag)

An American journalist on his two-year kidnapping in Syria

FBI faked an AP story, in Seattle Times style, to catch a suspect (Seattle Times)

“‘We are outraged that the FBI, with the apparent assistance of the US Attorney’s Office, misappropriated the name of The Seattle Times to secretly install spyware on the computer of a crime suspect,’ said Seattle Times Editor Kathy Best”

How one reporter copes inside the ‘Ebola bubble’ (BuzzFeed)

“Bring gloves to give nurses you meet at clinics, even if you’re there for a story. Get small change to give to the kids who have been out of school for months and are selling ground nuts for pitiful sums on the side of road. Hell, give them candy. Violate all the principles of ostensibly good aid stewardship, because the good stewardship of the developed world didn’t get help here in time, and now everyone is dying around you.”

Bloggingheads

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

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