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The Audit

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

The Press Underplays the Bad-Banks News

The major business press underplays news from the FDIC that its troubled-banks list soared to more than 550 in the... More

The Big Money: Shoppers Beware

Heidi N. Moore makes some fine points in a piece over at The Big Money that riffs off Best Buy... More

WSJ Goes Easy on Private Equity in Oz

Why does The Wall Street Journal think tax enforcement is "hostility"? That's what a news report on the front of... More

Tuesday Links: Sorkin, De-Indexing, the Google Problem

Yves Smith of Naked Capitalism shreds Andrew Ross Sorkin's column on Congress finally stiffening its spine today. The headline betrays... More

FT’s Wolf: Windfall Tax Wall Street

It's been somewhat baffling how little taxation has been discussed in the press as a possible answer to the problems... More

BAILOUT, STIMULUS — Your Essential Guide

In a specially commissioned study, The Audit offers a first-stop, comprehensive guide to the big federal spending programs. Read it. Love it. Use it daily.

We’re past the one-year marks of the financial crisis and the $700 billion bailout; next up, in February: the stimulus... More

A Too-Narrow Lens

Zach Carter hits on something interesting about shareholder democracy in The Nation this week (disclosure-longer-than-this-post: I wrote a piece for... More

Alessandra Stanley’s troubling history of error

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

Is ISIS a faith-based terrorist group? - Journalists and scholars disagree about how much Islam, rather than politics and power, drives Muslim extremists

Why Bill Simmons might leave ESPN - Other outlets would jump at the chance to gain his following

Why news organizations are abandoning the Redskins - The media mostly avoids Washington’s football team name


Swedish scientists sneak Dylan quotes into articles (The Guardian)

Whoever nets the most before retirement wins a free lunch

Mag for dog haters is a hit in Germany (WSJ)

Poop and Pooches. That is all

A data viz reading list (Susan McGregor)

Useful resources for journalists

Video shows Mexican drug lord paying journalists for ‘good press’ (Fusion)

“This video suggests that organized crime is trying to buy off journalists, creating a new brand of narco-journalism”

Bloggingheads

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

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