Friday, October 31, 2014. Last Update: Fri 3:50 PM EST

The Audit

NYT’s Sorkin Is Confused on Goldman Bonuses

Clueless paragraph of the day: But we can’t have it both ways, either. At one moment, many in the nation... More

Stimulate This!

Slate’s Gross debunks stimulus nonsense

Like Daniel Gross, I get the impression that people, including many journalists, just can't get their heads around the stimulus.... More

WaPo on High-Cost Banking

The Post,which has done good work previously on the high cost of poverty, weighs in with a look at efforts... More

Hackers From Minsk

Wired takes an interesting look at computer security breaches at Wal-Mart from a few years ago. It's a good probe,... More

WSJ Looks at More Crawley Things in the Market

At a time of great suspicion of all things Wall Street, stories start to emerge of sneaky tricks that insiders... More

Monday Links: Reuters Investigates, Debt Iceberg, USAT

Chris Roush reports that Reuters is hiring some investigative reporters, a welcome development in a time of reduced journalistic ambitions.... More

WaPo: Why BofA Lags on Mortgage Redos

The Washington Post asks why Bank of America is so far behind everyone else on its mortgage-modification program. It's only... More

Times Discovers S&L-asaurus Working For Citi

I don't want to let the day pass without a nod to a bit of accountability reporting by Gretchen Morgenson... More

Maremont and the Journal Hammer Option Schemes

Anytime The Wall Street Journal's news pages can make the editorial side spit up their eggs benedict, well, that has... More

WSJ Misses the Mark on Consumer Credit

It's hard to understand how a major financial news outlet, at this late hour, can discuss the "democratization" of consumer... More

WSJ and Reuters on High-Frequency Trading

The press continues to try to shine a light on high-frequency trading. This morning, The Wall Street Journal reports on... More

SunHerald’s Lee, Times-Pic’s Mowbray: Still on it

One of the true pleasures of reporting on the insurance industry's response, or non-response, to Hurricane Katrina was meeting, and... More

Seriously Smart Column by the NYT’s Norris

I can't let the day pass without a nod to Floyd Norris's very thoughtful column on the unintended—make that, intended,... More

Shaky Writing Hurts Good Bloomberg D.C. Reporting

The headline on this Bloomberg story says Derivatives Lobby Links With New Democrats to Blunt Obama Plan. That's true as... More

Bloomberg Good on Stock Research

Bloomberg has a solid look this morning at stock-research and the conflicts that still pervade the Wall Street research business... 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


John Oliver video sweepstakes (The Awl)

“We may update this list next week to reflect Facebook shares gathered by The Awl as the result of this post, which is ultimately an elaborate excuse to embed a John Oliver video on our website”

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”

Bloggingheads

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

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