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The Audit

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

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

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

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