Monday, December 22, 2014. Last Update: Mon 2:15 PM EST

The Audit

Deficit Reduction and Windfall Taxes

There a number of reasons for instituting a windfall tax on bankers, and they've been most ably spelled out by... More

Wednesday Links: SEC and CDOs, Meyerson, Wasted Crisis

Here's more ammo for the just-blow-up-the-SEC-and-start-again crowd: NPR's Planet Money and ProPublica report on a questionnaire sent to CDO market... More

WaPo on (Another) U.S. Giveaway to Citi

(UPDATE: I originally said in the headline and lede that the Post had a scoop here. That's not right. The... More

Bloomberg Tough on Too Big to Fail

Bloomberg takes a good look at the fading chance to anything meaningful to reform the financial system, noting that "Two... More

NYT’s Creativity On the Unemployment Story

The Times deserves a little something extra in its pay envelope for this morning's unemployment package: a story based on... More

WSJ Excels on Retirement Risk for Execs, Employees

I love this Wall Street Journal story this morning on how CEOs, despite their rich paydays, often get automatic gains... More

Monday Links: Banks Winning, Volcker’s ATM, TARP Paybacks

This is a really solid Bloomberg story on lobbying and how the bank lobby has really won, even if new... More

Everybody’s Got an Angle

WSJ’s Thomson on NYT’s Carr

It’s probably an understatement to say that we at The Audit weren’t nuts about the prospect of News Corp. buying... More

Mark Pittman, In His Own Words, On Camera

You've read quite a bit by the late Mark Pittman of Bloomberg. You've read quite a bit about him here... More

Carr on the Journal’s News Pages Moving Right

David Carr has a good column about the rightward tilt of Murdoch's The Wall Street Journal, which before he took... More

Friday Links: Goldman and AIG, Bernie’s Life, Why a Windfall

The Wall Street Journal has a major story tonight, presumably slated for page one of tomorrow's paper, showing that Goldman... More

Early Results from the Newsday Paywall

It's no surprise that Newsday's Web traffic declined after it put up a paywall. What is surprising is how it... More

WSJ Follows the Loopholes on Regulation Bill

The Journal found a good angle for its curtain-raising story on the House financial-regulation vote today. The paper digs into... More

Overplaying Goldman’s Bonus Move

Goldman Sachs (an Audit funder) is making some baby steps on pay, but the press way overplays what is essentially... More

Thursday Links: Sorkin, Rosie, Ginnie Mae

Andrew Ross Sorkin sounds better notes on The Daily Show than he does in most of his own columns. "The... More

Reporters fail to capture implications of pension provision - A ‘big shift’ tucked into the spending bill goes under-examined

The New Republic: A public trust or a business? - How Chris Hughes turned a 100-year-old publication into a “product”

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014

The problem with sharing uncredited photos - “Just because you put something on the internet does not give people the right to steal it”


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

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