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The Audit

The Judge Gets It Even If the Press Did Not

Last week I was stumped by the weak press coverage (with one notable exception, at The Wall Street Journal) of... More

More on Credit Card Overlimit Policies

I wrote earlier today about a Big Money piece on banks' dirty tricks and my own story of falling afoul... More

Half Right on Banks

This Big Money piece has half its heart in the right place. In one part, it's a tough look at... More

NYT Details Paulson/Goldman Contacts

A tip of The Audit's hat to some old-fashioned muckraking in The New York Times yesterday. Gretchen Morgenson and Don... More

Gasparino, Arbiter of Cred

So CNBC's Charlie Gasparino doesn't like The Audit—or at least Audit Big Chief Starkman. The feeling's not exactly mutual. I... More

Hype Machine In High Gear for Journal Jets Story

The Wall Street Journal, which we criticized on Friday for hyping and distorting a story on Congress buying jets, goes... More

WSJ’s Misleading Story on the Congress’s Jet Set

Let's throw a little water on The Wall Street Journal's page-one scoop that Congress is buying eight private jets for... More

The New York Times Finally Cans Ben Stein

Gawker scoops that The New York Times has finally given its Sunday Business columnist Ben Stein the ol' heave-ho, after... More

BusinessWeek’s Eye-Opening Banks Story

BusinessWeek has a terrific story out on how banks are once more gearing up their magic crap-making machines. The piece... More

Don’t Dismiss Taibbi

What the mainstream press can learn from a Goldman takedown

Mainstream financial journalism is doing its level, eye-rolling, heavy-sighing best to stuff Matt Taibbi back into the alt-press hole he... More

Journal: BofA Withheld News of Merrill Losses

The Wall Street Journal scoops this morning that Bank of America knew two days before its shareholders voted (we had... More

Another FT Whiff on a Numbers Story

Two days ago I criticized the Financial Times for a weak story the paper saw fit to plop on page... More

In a Flash

When the press is on the ball and regulators regulate, you get results

That didn't take long. The SEC is "considering a ban" or going to "push to eliminate" or "move to ban"... More

The Journal’s Geithner-Gets-Mad Scoop

The Journal has a juicy scoop this morning on the goings-on inside the Obama administration. It seems Treasury Secretary Tim... More

The Biz Press’s Incomplete (Print) Efforts on BofA

But a Journal blog gets it right

After news broke yesterday that the SEC had reached a $33 million settlement with Bank of America for misleading investors... 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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