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

The Audit

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The minimum wage and the Danish Big Mac

In Denmark, higher wages mean higher prices but they’re still worth it

The Los Angeles Times drops into the debate over whether or how much prices would have to rise at fast-food... More

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Britain’s spooks don’t get the 4th estate

Oliver Robbins on the detention of David Miranda and the seizure of press communications

Last week I disembarked in Denmark to find myself already embroiled in European intrigue—an international espionage scandal, even. Okay, not... More

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Bubbles, bubbles everywhere

Stocks, like housing, are not detached from realistic prices

Press hysteria about another housing bubble seems to have cooled off a bit in the last few months. Which is... More

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ESPN’s journalism problem

A network’s massive conflicts emphasize the need for media independence

Just recently, the Boston Red Sox's parent company bought the Boston Globe, and the head of the dominant online... More

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Audit Notes: Complex collapse, Sears spiral, NYT

The Guardian on the Nasdaq systems failure

The Guardian has an excellent and disturbing take on the crash of Nasdaq's systems on Thursday: A series of system... More

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Those struggling $300,000-a-year households in the WSJ

A terribly boring story, spiced up by the minor discomforts of the rich

This Wall Street Journal day-in-the-life-of story from a couple weeks ago is even more boring than its headline—"What It's Like... More

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The WSJ short-arms a promising Amazon piece

On how physical retailers are getting more competitive on prices

The Wall Street Journal posts a very interesting blog item about how Amazon is showing signs that it's losing its... More

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Bloomberg as the anti-News Corp.

Its transparent handling of snooping allegations starkly contrasts with News Corp. cover-ups

The external review into how Bloomberg News staffers used and misused confidential client data available on Bloomberg LP terminals in... More

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Audit Notes: The Guardian, LAT on the OCR, Google bus piñata

The fallout continues from the paper’s latest revelations

Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger's bombshell column Monday night was one of the biggest pieces of media news in recent years.... More

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Audit Notes: Murdoch’s hacking scandal, disrupted, the fall of Detroit

The police eye the corporation in their hacking and bribery investigation

The Independent reported this weekend that the UK police are investigating Rupert Murdoch's News International (now called News UK) for... More

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Guardian bombshells in an escalating battle against journalism

Greenwald partner’s detention, prior-restraint threats, and smashed hard drives

Guardian Editor Alan Rusbridger filed an astonishing column tonight that shows just how far the British authorities are going to... More

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The Washington Post’s pension math

The Grahams didn’t effectively pay to unload the paper

Felix Salmon, my sometime colleague, has a typically good post about the economics of producing journalism. Read the whole thing,... More

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The OC Register’s transportation snarl

A media company’s deal to serve as a broker for a city transportation hub is a bridge too far

Aaron Kushner and his revamped Freedom Communications get huge slack around here. As Ryan Chittum explained in the May/June... More

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Innumeracy in The New York Times on Politico

Revenue is not profit, Ross Douthat

Ross Douthat has been writing a bit about how the Washington Post missed out on becoming Politico. Or owning Politico.... More

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Daily Beast doubles down on Big Mac minimum wage nonsense

Extrapolations collide with hard numbers

There's a petition signed by 100 left-leaning economists that proposes raising the minimum wage to $10.50 an hour. The petition... 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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