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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

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


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”

How one reporter copes inside the ‘Ebola bubble’ (BuzzFeed)

“Bring gloves to give nurses you meet at clinics, even if you’re there for a story. Get small change to give to the kids who have been out of school for months and are selling ground nuts for pitiful sums on the side of road. Hell, give them candy. Violate all the principles of ostensibly good aid stewardship, because the good stewardship of the developed world didn’t get help here in time, and now everyone is dying around you.”

Bloggingheads

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

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