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The Audit

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Audit Notes: student loans and startups, Clinton’s cronies, mountains of salt

The Atlantic’s critical look at a WSJ report

The Atlantic's Jordan Weissmann has a good takedown of a Wall Street Journal story reporting that ballooning student loans are... More

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Audit Notes: Waywire and Booker, One Weird Trick, souped-up gentrification

The sketchy startup is still raising money from investors

Talking Points Memo has a nice follow-up on the NYT's Cory Booker/Waywire story, reporting that the "ridiculous" company, despite having... More

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The WSJ leads on algobots and the press

A trader-founded “news service” lands in the FBI spotlight

The Wall Street Journal has been doing terrific reporting on the unfair advantages high-frequency traders are getting from news organizations.... More

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Reinforcing elite power: Bezos/Washington Post edition

A flattering profile of Bezos reminds us why it’s too bad he now owns the capital’s leading paper

It's hard to remember a more flattering profile of an important CEO than the one gracing the cover of the... More

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Required skimming: white-collar crime

Keeping up with the bad guys

This month, CJR presents "Required skimming," a daily miniguide to our staffers' beats and obsessions. If we overlooked your favorite... More

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Applaud the Grahams, but acknowledge their failures

The praise gets a bit out of hand

The hosannas for Donald Graham got a bit out of hand in the wake of his sale of the Washington... More

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More fraud evidence tilts the crisis narrative

A rigorous new study shows mortgage bond sellers provided demonstrably false information

The headline of the moment is that US authorities are poised to arrest two JP Morgan officials for allegedly covering... More

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Audit Notes: Another Obama fraud stat unravels, doctor cartel, NYT

Bloomberg helps uncover wildly inflated mortgage prosecution numbers

Score one for the watchdogs at Bloomberg News, whose reporting helped force the Obama administration to admit that it touted... More

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Audit Radio: Dean Starkman, Bill Adair on Bezos

Interviewed by Minnesota Public Radio

Audit Chief Dean Starkman and PolitiFact founder Bill Adair, now a professor at Duke, talk to Minnesota Public Radio about... More

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Cory Booker’s Silicon Valley cash

An NYT story details how the Newark mayor uses his elite connections for personal gain

The New York Times's disturbing story on Newark Mayor Cory Booker's ties with Silicon Valley is what 21st century corruption... More

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Contra Yglesias, newspapers have lost readers to the Web

Junk traffic and loyal readers, yet again

Writing about newspapers and the Internet, Matthew Yglesias manages to be both crushingly obvious and wrong at the same time.... More

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Jeff Bezos and his journalists

For newspapers, greatness emerges mysteriously from the slack in the system—not from efficiency

I'm a huge admirer of Jeff Bezos, and the way in which he has managed to dodge the biggest pitfall... More

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Independent Media and Dependent Media

Bezos, The Washington Post, and billionaires buying the press

No one in their right mind claims to know how this is all going to go, but all agree that... More

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Audit Notes: The Bezos Post

Little early information in the wake of an epic media earthquake

Jack Shafer of Reuters hits on something I've been thinking about recently: What newspapers can do to capitalize on their... More

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Jeff Bezos’s landmark purchase of the Washington Post

We’ve now officially entered the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse—for good or ill

There must be a dozen serious, fascinating implications of the jaw-dropping news that the Graham family is selling the Washington... More

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

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