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The Audit

Greenspan Joins the Too-Big-to-Fail Fight

Alan Greenspan has had his legacy forever tarnished by the financial crisis, the conditions for which it's almost unanimously agreed... More

Good Goldman Question From Zero Hedge

Seems reasonable to me: "What Is The Rationale Behind The SEC's Hiring A 29 Year Old Goldmanite As Its COO?"... More

LA Times on the Upside of the Falling Dollar

I like this Los Angeles Times story this morning reporting why the falling dollar might be good for the country—something... More

Reporting the CFPA Legislation

The New York Times leads its coverage of the financial-reform legislation with the news that the House Financial Services Committee... More

WSJ, Times at Odds on Citi Earnings

I'm sure this is much more a function of the unholy mess that is Citigroup's income statement—many a journalistic braincell... More

Thursday Links: Dow 7,714, Student Loan Bailout, Lobbyists

David Weidner has a good take on Dow 10,000 (Part XXVI), emphasizing it represents a "lost decade of stock investing."... More

Nieman, Galbraith on the Power Problem

Nieman Watchdog asks "Where's the reporting on the fraud that led to the crash?" Funny, The Audit, and especially Audit... More

Financial Press Perennially Surprised by “Placement Agents”

The financial pages this morning are filled with the disclosure by Calpers that money-management firms seeking business from the big... More

Understanding Citi Losses in its Predatory Roots

Learn more in a 2003 alt media piece than in all business media put together

I see that Citigroup, amid boom times for other mega banks, got slammed again in its third-quarter earnings, primarily because... More

Most of the Press Misses Fed Overdraft News

The Wall Street Journal and USA Today have one of the biggest news stories of the day: The Federal Reserve... More

Wednesday Links: Crooked Heart, No Smell, Paying for News

Joe Nocera, fresh off slamming banks on Saturday, makes fools of them today on their line that they didn't cause... More

Geithner’s Aides and Wall Street Pay

A Bloomberg story adds perspective to a WSJ report on record banker bonuses

I want to applaud some solid enterprise work at Bloomberg and the Journal and see if we can play one... More

Intellectually Bankrupt, Firms Try to Squash Dissent

Crain's New York's Aaron Elstein has a good story about financially troubled corporations suing research firms that issue negative reports.... More

BusinessWeek to Grow—Really!

All but left for dead two months ago, the weekly will expand its pages

Fortune and Forbes better look out. BusinessWeek, just a couple of months ago given decent odds to disappear from the... More

WSJ on Eminent Domain in Brooklyn

It's almost never a bad idea to do an eminent-domain story, especially the Kelo-type ones that pit the government in... More

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins - A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud - A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies


The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

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