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The Audit

Thursday Links: Landlord Ben, Geithner, Elizabeth Warren

Matthew Goldstein of Reuters looks at the thicket the Federal Reserve finds itself in because of its assumption of all... More

WSJ on De-Leveraging and the Economy

The Journal on page one today says we're experiencing a "Drought of Credit." I'm not sure it shows that, but... More

WaPo Boosts 401(k)s for No Good Reason

A main beef I have with personal finance reporting—beyond its constant purveying of banalities ("diversify!";"buy and hold!")—is that it generally... More

AP: Geithner’s Wall Street Speed Dial

The Associated Press rakes a little muck onto Tim Geithner's shoe this morning courtesy of his own phone records. Who... More

Audit Interview: The FT’s Lionel Barber

“We got a piece of the puzzle [but] we don’t tend to go grassroots up. There’s an important lesson for all of us.”

Among the discomfiting changes sweeping through the financial news business in the U.S. has been the rising influence of what... More

Wednesday Links: Weedkiller, Bloomberg Heds, and WSJ Analysis

Charles Duhigg's fruitful investigative summer appears to be getting results. He reports today in The New York Times that the... More

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

Why won’t journalists ask Bill Cosby the tough questions? - Sexual assault charges are hardly ever mentioned to the TV star

Knoxville’s alt-weekly wasn’t losing money. It got shut down anyway - Scripps pulls the plug on Metro Pulse in favor of an entertainment supplement for the local daily

Chuck Todd’s Obama book says more about the author than it does about the president - ‘The Stranger’ underscores a broader problem with the way we cover politics

Beware labeling Pope Francis a liberal - Political boxes like liberal/conservative and evolutionist/creationist miss his real significance

The Virginian-Pilot produces a breakthrough investigation amid layoffs - Reporter John Holland discusses how the story came together, newsroom cutbacks, and colleagues who cover for each other


Which media outlets use ‘illegal immigrant’? (Fusion)

“[I]n spite of all the good reasons not to use the phrase, it is still very easy to find in the US press, even in headlines”

Jack Shafer on losing his job (Capital New York)

“Right now, my immediate plan is to go to work as a lay therapist at The Intercept to bring the healing there so John Cook and Matt Taibbi can return. I have great interpersonal skills.”

On outlets that continue to call unknown drone victims ‘militants’ (The Intercept)

“Like the US drone program itself, this deceitful media practice continues unabated”

UNITY’s convention is no more (All Digitocracy)

“The organization’s board of directors decided that UNITY will no longer host the quadrennial conferences for which it had become known”

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