Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Last Update: Mon 2:50 PM EST

The Audit

Detroit News on the Downside of the 401(k)

With all the turmoil in the stock market over the last couple of years—well, make that the last twelve years... More

Miami Herald Gets a Deserved Pat on the Back

Congrats to Jack Dolan, Matthew Haggman, and Rob Barry of The Miami Herarld for winning first place in the the... More

The Journal Inside the Hilton Grand Jury

The Journal has some very good reporting today on a scandal in the normally-staid chain-hotel business (part of which I... More

Tuesday Links: Bloomberg v. Fed, Hypothermia, The Economist

Bloomberg News continues its battle to let a little sunshine in on what the Federal Reserve is doing to bail... More

Nonsense at Newsweek on Overdrafts

Columnist pulls the ol’ personal-responsibility card

Steve Tuttle of Newsweek has one of the worst columns I've seen in a good long time, arguing "Why Banks... More

NYT and Frontline Tag-Team Prepaid Debit Cards

The New York Times and PBS's Frontline have a terrific story this morning on prepaid debit cards, yet another way... More

WSJ Is Good on Medical Transparency

How's that expression go?—"Sunlight is the best disinfectant." The Journal's Thomas M. Burton this morning shows Louis Brandeis's adage is... More

Monday Links: Pew, Murdoch, and Treasury Lies

Pew's Project for Excellence in Journalism found, unsurprisingly, that media coverage of financial issues and business was overwhelmingly focused on... More

More on Measuring Too Big to Fail

Felix Salmon criticizes the Gretchen Morgenson piece on Dean Baker and Too Big to Fail, writing that the dollars talked... More

NYT is Excellent on Private-Equity

If you've been wondering what ever happened to high-flying private-equity, whose ever-bigger and ever-more-debt-laden deals dominated financial-press headlines in 2006... More

Measuring the Ongoing Cost of Too Big to Fail

I haven't seen anyone try to estimate the implicit subsidy taxpayers provide megabanks because of Too Big to Fail policies.... More

A Good Food-Safety Investigation from the Times

Credit is due the Times and veteran investigative reporter Michael Moss for a painstaking and stomach-turning account yesterday of the... More

Friday Links: Wolff, Shirky, Veterans for Socialism

Michael Wolff, whose Newser depends on free news for its existence, rips Rupert Murdoch in Vanity Fair for planning to... More

Hiltzik With a Reality Check on Tort Reform

Michael Hiltzik of the Los Angeles Times has a helpful column cutting through some of the noise in the health-care... More

Of Buts and Bloomberg News

Bloomberg News top editor Matt Winkler raised eyebrows around the newswire/data provider the other week with his op-ed in The... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


A First Look update (First Look Media)

“[R]ather than immediately launching a large collection of digital ‘magazines’ based on strong, expert journalists with their own followings, as we imagined earlier, we’ll begin by building out the two we’ve started and then explore adding new ones as we learn”

The White House deploys minders to interviews all the time (WaPo)

“Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between reporters and the proverbial ‘senior administration officials’ is conducted in the presence of a press staffer”

The down-and-dirty history of TMZ (BuzzFeed)

“TMZ’s real engine — what defines its mission, what legitimizes it and sets it apart — is a unique and controversial mix of scandal mongering and investigative journalism”

The 10 worst New Yorker longreads (Gawker)

“[A]pparently [Adam] Gopnik did not know you could bake fancy breads from France and other cultures. So he got his mom to teach him how to bake them. A fine anecdote, maybe, to tell a friend or a therapist. But in this case he wrote about it for the New Yorker, a magazine.”

Bloggingheads

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

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