Monday, July 28, 2014. Last Update: Mon 11:07 AM EST

The Audit

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

WaPo: Big Bad Banks Are Getting Bigger, Badder

The Washington Post has a story after my own heart this morning on how the Too Big to Fail guys... More

A Needless Ethical Slip

The WSJ’s current ethical snafu of hiring the head of a global PR giant to write a column, even on... More

FOI MIA at the FDIC

American Banker reported earlier this week that the FDIC has done an about-face on disclosure—and not in the right direction.... More

Brill Rakes Muck in NYC Schools

Fine urban-affairs reporting in the New Yorker. More please.

Steven Brill’s New Yorker story on the quagmire that is the New York City school system is an example of... More

One Story, Two Angles from the WSJ and NYT

The New York Times and Wall Street Journal don't agree on what happened yesterday with a new rule governing private-equity... More

A Post Deficit Story Ignores the Obvious

There's a word missing from the Washington Post's lead story this morning on the budget deficit: "Bush." Its absence goes... More

NYT’s Floyd Norris Audits The Audit

New York Times columnist Floyd Norris takes issue with my post Friday which noted that his column Friday said the... More

Criticizing Obama’s Bernanke Nomination

The Battle of Bernanke has begun. Yesterday, the Journal broke the news that Obama would renominate Bernanke to run the... More

LAT’s Lazarus Alone Questions BofA Arbitration Move

The rest of the press missed a big piece of the story

The best personal-finance journalism isn't the kind where pundit X tells you why you shouldn't buy product Y or continuously... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


A First Look update (First Look Media)

“[R]ather than immediately launching a large collection of digital ‘magazines’ based on strong, expert journalists with their own followings, as we imagined earlier, we’ll begin by building out the two we’ve started and then explore adding new ones as we learn”

The White House deploys minders to interviews all the time (WaPo)

“Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between reporters and the proverbial ‘senior administration officials’ is conducted in the presence of a press staffer”

The down-and-dirty history of TMZ (BuzzFeed)

“TMZ’s real engine — what defines its mission, what legitimizes it and sets it apart — is a unique and controversial mix of scandal mongering and investigative journalism”

The 10 worst New Yorker longreads (Gawker)

“[A]pparently [Adam] Gopnik did not know you could bake fancy breads from France and other cultures. So he got his mom to teach him how to bake them. A fine anecdote, maybe, to tell a friend or a therapist. But in this case he wrote about it for the New Yorker, a magazine.”

Bloggingheads

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

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