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The Audit

McClatchy Tightens Ties Between Goldman and Predatory Lenders

McClatchy is running a big series on Goldman Sachs that does what other business news organizations have so far failed... More

Friday Links: Pearlstein’s Fairy Tale, WSJ’s Results, Galleon

Steven Pearlstein has an excellent column in the Washington Post today explaining the problem with Wall Street compensation policies for... More

On a Diet on the Second Front

Here's a good example of the Murdoch-era Wall Street Journal short-arming a potentially interesting story. The paper reports on B1... More

A Bureau Where They Reported Stories to Death

The hue, cry and gnashing of teeth over News Corp.'s takeover of The Wall Street Journal's parent a couple of... More

An Excellent NYT Column on Financialization

Every writer knows the feeling of reading something you wish you'd written yourself. That's what I got with Floyd Norris's... More

Newspapers Get the Slate Treatment

Yes, the industry is doing that badly

Slate got extra contrary last night, talking up the newspaper biz in a piece headlined "Newspapers aren't doing as badly... More

Following AIG and Goldman: the Friedman case

Bloomberg and The Wall Street Journal are doing a good job of ignoring the unhelpful business press convention of not... More

The Colour of Galleon’s Money

Here's one of those strange stories that could be one that blows a story wide open or one that blows... More

Wednesday Links: Cable Bluster, Night School, Footnotes First

What was CNN doing having sports journalist Stephen A. Smith on to debate Times business wunderkind Andrew Ross Sorkin on... More

Hard Truths on Social Security from Leonhardt

The New York Times's David Leonhardt has a smart column this morning on the administration's skewed spending priorities. By spelling... More

WSJ’s Clean Galleon Get

There's nothing quite like a clean scoop of a delicate nature on a major story of global interest. But that's... More

Rhetoric and Reality on Pay

The Wall Street Journal has a nice analysis on pay czar Kenneth Feinberg's plan to restrict compensation at seven corporate-welfare... More

Tuesday Links: Circulation, Mouthpieces, Galleon

One of the critical questions for what remains of the newspaper industry's near-to-medium-term future is how much of the recent... More

Seattle Times Reviews WaMu, Hometown Predator

An excellent postmortem details a corrupted culture

Hats off to The Seattle Times for an excellent two-part series investigating the demise of Washington Mutual, onetime hometown hero... More

Another Totemic Story in the WSJ

I was sent up there to cover the Hot Rod & Custom Car show by the New York Herald Tribune,... More

The ethics of The Guardian’s Whisper bombshell - It would have been a journalistic lapse not to have told readers

Gawker: The internet bully - Nick Denton’s media empire is an intellectual online fraternity that invites people to their parties only to make them buy the booze

The Washington Post short-sells a reporter’s integrity - Steven Pearlstein smears TheStreet’s Adam Feuerstein for criticizing a biotech firm

Former Sun-Times staffers react to top reporter’s resignation - “Whereas we don’t have all the answers, we have way too many questions about what happened here”

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks


Which news org is the most trusted? (Pew)

The answer is complicated

‘My Captivity’ (NYT Mag)

An American journalist on his two-year kidnapping in Syria

FBI faked an AP story, in Seattle Times style, to catch a suspect (Seattle Times)

“‘We are outraged that the FBI, with the apparent assistance of the US Attorney’s Office, misappropriated the name of The Seattle Times to secretly install spyware on the computer of a crime suspect,’ said Seattle Times Editor Kathy Best”

How one reporter copes inside the ‘Ebola bubble’ (BuzzFeed)

“Bring gloves to give nurses you meet at clinics, even if you’re there for a story. Get small change to give to the kids who have been out of school for months and are selling ground nuts for pitiful sums on the side of road. Hell, give them candy. Violate all the principles of ostensibly good aid stewardship, because the good stewardship of the developed world didn’t get help here in time, and now everyone is dying around you.”

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

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