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The Audit

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

Murdoch, Microsoft, and Google

Getting paid for indexing news wouldn’t amount to much

So Rupert Murdoch is indeed trying to squeeze the search engines for some cash, something we figured a couple of... More

BusinessWeek on Wall Street’s Nerve

BusinessWeek's cover story this week on how Wall Street's shenanigans are threatening already-reeling local governments is a must-read. The lede... More

NYT’s Carr Finds Something New to Say about Oprah

The New York Times's David Carr has a very smart column this morning analyzing Oprah Winfrey's massive, sustained business success.... More

Friday Links: Smart Money, Rodney King, Dilution

Remember that $500 million program for small businesses Goldman Sachs announced along with its apology earlier this week? It was... More

Bloomberg Finds the Fed on Bubble Watch

Bloomberg gets a nice scoop that the Federal Reserve is apparently worried about the new bubble it's inflating. Federal Reserve... More

Not For All the News in China, Part I

Former NYT Shanghai bureau chief Howard French on the coverage of Obama’s trip to Asia

The past week’s flurry of stories and opinion pieces chronicling President Barack Obama’s fortunes in the Far East made much... More

WSJ Editorial Scrutinizes Geithner on AIG Counterparties

I wrote twice on Tuesday about the bizarre Tim Geithner quote that "the financial condition of the counterparties was not... More

What’s a News Brief Worth?

The Journal Inquirer, of Manchester, Conn., which over the summer forced its larger rival, the Hartford Courant, to admit to... More

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

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

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

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


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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