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The Audit

Thursday Links: FDIC Fudge, Plutocracy, Pale Sales

Bloomberg's Jonathan Weil says the FDIC is setting a real fine example for its charges by fudging its own books.... More

NYT Inside the Comcast-GE Deal

The New York Times is just flat-out impressive this morning on the Comcast deal for NBC Universal. Its Andrew Ross... More

A WSJ Look at Creepy Iranian Repression

The Wall Street Journal has an important piece of foreign reportage on the front page this morning. Farnaz Fassihi reports... More

Wednesday Links: Sí, SI; NYCWSJ; NHL Dollar

I've thought for a while now that the last best hope for newspapers and magazines was some sort of e-reader... More

They’re Baaack

A crucial FT report shows egregious Bubble Era lending practices returning

David Leonhardt is somewhat sanguine about the state of the financial system given its apparent steadiness after the Dubai World... More

A Little WSJ Slice of Trump’s Life

Here's a good Wall Street Journal story this morning on yet another Trump feud, this one with a former casino... More

Tuesday Links: Goldie’s Guns, WSJ.com, Reprints

Alice Schroeder, Buffett's biographer, writes in her Bloomberg column that she hears anecdotally that Goldman Sachs (an Audit funder) bankers... More

Just Another Cyber Monday

Oh, brother. The fifth annual round of "Cyber Monday" stories are here to hype a pure concoction of the online... More

Hertz Drops a Libel Suit

A tip of The Audit’s green eyeshade to Aaron Elstein and Crain’s New York, which seems to have gotten some... More

Moral Force

Why Mark Pittman matters

The first time I ever talked to Pittman was for an Audit Interview back in February. We do these Q&A's... More

Monday Links; Pittman Roundup, Carr Elegy for NYC Media

Paul Conley, who worked for the late Mark Pittman at Bloomberg, memorializes Pittman as a "a bigger-than-life, over-the-top, lovable stereotype... More

The Pittman Way

A financial reporter who combined data and attitude

Q: Tell me how your cops background plays into what you’re doing now. A: You end up with a big... More

Questionable News Judgment of the Day

Why does The Wall Street Journal put a fourth-day news story about a golfer's minor car accident on page-two today?... More

Mark Pittman, Bloomberg’s Bulldog, Dies at 52

We were stunned to learn a couple of days ago of top Bloomberg investigative reporter Mark Pittman's death. As I... More

Wednesday Links: Interchange, Make Believe, Overstock Junket

The New York Times continues its series on plastic, looking at how capping interchange fees on credit cards has played... More

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

The press is responsible for ignoring Bill Cosby rape allegations - Where were journalists 10 years ago when claims originally surfaced against him?

Journalism has a plagiarism problem. But it’s not the one you’d expect - Fareed Zakaria’s case highlights news organizations’ ethical grey areas

4 topics John Oliver explained more clearly than television news - The political satirist brings explainer comedy to HBO viewers

Will radio save science journalism? - WNYC will soon have a new health unit


CNN reporters in Ferguson provide coverage of CNN reporters in Ferguson (Slate)

“[T]here was little that justified CNN’s egocentric coverage”

Which media outlets use ‘illegal immigrant’? (Fusion)

“[I]n spite of all the good reasons not to use the phrase, it is still very easy to find in the US press, even in headlines”

Jack Shafer on losing his job (Capital New York)

“Right now, my immediate plan is to go to work as a lay therapist at The Intercept to bring the healing there so John Cook and Matt Taibbi can return. I have great interpersonal skills.”

On outlets that continue to call unknown drone victims ‘militants’ (The Intercept)

“Like the US drone program itself, this deceitful media practice continues unabated”

Bloggingheads

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

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