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The Audit

Plagiarism Follies at the Courant

TribCo unit fumbles a scandal

On the subject of newspapers chewing their own legs off, the Hartford Courant, is in the process of doing... More

The Unlearned Lessons of Lehman, a Year Later

September 15 is a week away, so here come the Lehman Brothers retrospectives. First out of the gate is Bloomberg,... More

WSJ on a New Chamber of Commerce Campaign

The Wall Street Journal has a scoop today that the Chamber of Commerce is funding a $2 million ad campaign... More

More on Print and Online Reader Revenue

Michael Masnick of TechDirt took issue last week with my post showing the wide disparity between the value of online... More

Unemployment (Still) Worse Than You Think

The press reports the bad news this morning that the unemployment rate closed in on 10 percent last month, hitting... More

A Good Dose of Common Sense Heard on the Street

The Journal's Simon Nixon has a nice Heard on the Street column today, noting that "Bankers Have Only Themselves to... More

Calculating the Benefits of Cash for Clunkers

Yesterday I tipped The Audit's cap to a nifty bit of analysis from Calculated Risk pointing out that the real... More

WSJ’s Wessel on the Deficit and Taxing the Rich

The Wall Street Journal's David Wessel has a useful column looking at whether and how much tax increases on the... More

Calculating the Clunkers’ Real Cost to Taxpayers

Calculated Risk has a smart bit of economic analysis on the real cost to taxpayers of the Cash for Clunkers... More

The FT on the Bloat in Banking

The debate in the U.S. over how to reform the financial system has been overshadowed by the health-care hubbub. It's... More

Lazy Summer Musings from the WSJ D.C. Bureau

The Wall Street Journal wants you to know why the town halls were so rowdy this summer. Here's its stilted... More

Gannett Spins the Hamster Wheel

It is disturbing, to say the least, to see American newspapers chewing their own legs off as they try to... More

NYT’s Rejoinder on Obama and the Deficit

Last Wednesday, I got on the Washington Post for a poor page-one story on the $9 trillion budget deficit—a piece... More

Bloomberg on the Derivatives Lobby

Bloomberg this morning takes a hard look on the Wall Street lobby, writing that it's "suiting up for a battle... More

What’s Going Down on the Farm? Ask the Bankers

The devolution of The Wall Street Journal’s page one

Gawker had an interesting quote from an anonymous Wall Street Journal staffer this morning on the Mark Penn controversy. "While... More

Q&A: An Apple critic with plenty to say - John Siracusa’s legendary - and lengthy - Apple reviews reach their 15th year

Why one editor won’t run any more op-eds by the Heritage Foundation’s top economist - A reply to Paul Krugman on state taxes and job growth made some incorrect claims

4 topics John Oliver explained more clearly than television news - The political satirist brings explainer comedy to HBO viewers

Michael Brown shooting and the crimes journalists choose as newsworthy - Examining why black suspects are covered at a greater proportion than they commit crimes

GOP-backed fake news sites target Dems in congressional races - - Unlike The Onion and other satire sites, the goal is to fool voters, not make them laugh


New WaPo publisher (WaPo)

The departure of Katharine Weymouth ends eight decades of Graham family leadership

The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

Bloggingheads

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

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