Friday, November 21, 2014. Last Update: Fri 10:55 AM EST

The Audit

A Perfect Bit of Uncountered PR Nonsense on Overdrafts

The Federal Reserve is effectively banning the "overdraft protection" racket on debt cards by forcing banks to make customers opt-in... More

Thursday Links: 10,000 Applications, Glass Steagall Day, TARP

The Washington Post reports on the jobless "recovery," a term it's still too early to use for the economy given... More

NYT Examines the Impact of the Crisis on Kids

A few weeks ago I praised a Sesame Street special, of all things, for putting a human face on the... More

WSJ Tinkers With a Perfectly Good Story

The Wall Street Journal has an interesting front-page story on tinkerers this morning, but the paper undermines it with a... More

Wednesday Links: Wages, Pre-rolling in It, State Capitalism, Po’ Boys

Breakingviews would like you to know, in its coldly calculating way, that Americans earn too much relative to the rest... More

A Snapshot of a Journalist at Work on Bear Stearns

With Bear Stearns' Ralph Cioffi and Matthew Tannin in the news, Janet Tavakoli passes along an excerpt from her new... More

Some Misses on the Bear Stearns Acquittals

The only Wall Street executives to be charged in the crisis walked away from a Brooklyn courthouse free men after... More

WSJ Scoops on AIG

The WSJ scores a nice scoop this morning with word that the relatively new head of AIG wants to quit... More

Tuesday Links: One-Source FT, Soaring APRs, Severance

The Financial Times runs one of those no-context, let's-quote-one-source-with-obvious-bias stories it likes to do, this one on global food corporations... More

Loyal Readers and Junk Traffic

The bottom 75 percent of newspaper Web visitors provide just 14 percent of page views

(See the first part of this post) What the Journal does have that nobody else does is more than a... More

What’s Murdoch Up to with Google and WSJ.com?

Google traffic is worth far less than $15 per user per month

Everybody's all inflamed about Rupert Murdoch bumbling through part of an interview on News Corp.'s Internet strategy in which he... More

Monday Links: Bad Stats, TBTF, “Less with Less”

The New York Times reports that "A widening gap between data and reality is distorting the government’s picture of the... More

LAT a Bit Wide of the Mark on Health Care

The Los Angeles Times's David Lazarus beats back an accusation of using a red herring—and then goes on to push... More

Good WSJ Story on the Wall Street-Subprime Nexus

The Wall Street Journal has a good scoop on a story showing the connection of Wall Street to the shadier... More

Friday Links: A Contrite Banker, Pay to Play, Gutting SOX

Bloomberg finds a contrite banker, John Reed the former CEO of Citigroup who merged it with Sandy Weill's Travelers in... More

Why won’t journalists ask Bill Cosby the tough questions? - Sexual assault charges are hardly ever mentioned to the TV star

Knoxville’s alt-weekly wasn’t losing money. It got shut down anyway - Scripps pulls the plug on Metro Pulse in favor of an entertainment supplement for the local daily

Chuck Todd’s Obama book says more about the author than it does about the president - ‘The Stranger’ underscores a broader problem with the way we cover politics

Beware labeling Pope Francis a liberal - Political boxes like liberal/conservative and evolutionist/creationist miss his real significance

The Virginian-Pilot produces a breakthrough investigation amid layoffs - Reporter John Holland discusses how the story came together, newsroom cutbacks, and colleagues who cover for each other


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”

UNITY’s convention is no more (All Digitocracy)

“The organization’s board of directors decided that UNITY will no longer host the quadrennial conferences for which it had become known”

On the ground in Aleppo (Syria Deeply)

Francesca Borri on reporting from a razed city

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

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