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The Audit

Norris Asks Why Cash Subsidizes Plastic

Floyd Norris raises a very good point in his column today on merchant credit-card fees: Why do we have a... More

Good Show by the Journal Today

Dean Starkman tipped his hat to a Wall Street Journal story this morning on Detroit, part of a string of... More

Buy a Kindle, Get the Times for Free

A Friend of The Audit passed us an email he got from The New York Times offering a package deal... More

Urban-Affairs Reporting in the WSJ

The Journal deserves a nod for a good inside-the-paper story on Detroit public schools' using free food, celebrity visits and... More

Weil: Bank Balance Sheets Still an Unknown

Bloomberg's Jonathan Weil raises some good questions about what we really know about the banking industry's health this morning, looking... More

Gasparino’s Gossip Column

Charlie Gasparino really wants you to know that Wall Street executives are "nervous" and "feel betrayed" by Barack Obama. Is... More

CQ Stomps Out Newsroom Dissent

Setting a bad example by firing a veteran editor for impertinence

When the human-resources folks come for you, and in journalism these days that's not infrequent, you have to hope somebody... More

The Journal Edges to the Right

Charles Kaiser had a good piece this weekend questioning whether Rupert Murdoch's ideology has been seeping into the news pages... More

WaPo: How the Fed Failed to Protect Consumers

The Washington Post ran an excellent story yesterday looking at the Federal Reserve's utter failure to protect consumers—indeed to even... More

Now Bloomberg Calls it an Obama Bull Market

I nicked Bloomberg for a story in March calling the stock-market swoon an "Obama Bear Market." Now it's saying there's... More

Morgenson on a Mortgage Front

Gretchen Morgenson, unlike the rest of the press, pays attention to a Kansas court ruling last week that has potentially... More

More Journalism Green Shoots

The news this morning of a $5 million slug of money for a new non-profit local news organization in the... More

Harper’s Long Miss on AIG

I was standing at the 116th Street subway stop looking for something to read when a trained started to pull... More

James Grant’s Twaddle on Detroit

Looking over the vast landscape of foreclosures in New York City graphically illustrated at the Queens Museum of Art show... More

Leonhardt’s Deft Med Mal Treatment

Times's economics columnist David Leonhardt deserves a tip of the doctor's mirrors for delving into the messy business of separating... 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


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.”

Insufferable parenthetical asides, ranked (The Hairpin)

18. (strictly for the mise-en-scene)

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

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