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The Audit

NYT Listens in as the Mortgage-Mod Plan Hits a Wall

The New York Times descends into customer-service hell on A1 today, reporting on the effort to modify mortgages under the... More

A Community Reinvestment Act Reader

We still have to debunk this myth?

Felix Salmon takes John Carney of Clusterstock to task for latching on to the right-wing effort to blame the housing... More

Bartiromo and BizWeek with an Embarrassing Summers Interview

Maria Bartiromo's BusinessWeek interviews aren't exactly must-read business journalism. But this is ridiculous. What would you ask if you got... More

Journal States the Obvious—In a Good Way

The Wall Street Journal looks at how the new consumer-protection regulator is likely to make banks less profitable. I like... More

What the WSJ Looked Like in 1930

Here's a great idea for a business blog. An anonymous somebody is going back through Depression-era Wall Street Journals day... More

Bloomberg Profiles Volcker, Obama’s Outside Insider

Bloomberg has a welcome, long profile of Paul Volcker, the legendary former Fed chairman who's been shouldered to the background... More

Fortune: Confidence in Banks Falling Again

Don't look now but market sentiment on the banking industry is falling again. Fortune reports that the cost of insuring... More

Even the Going-Out-of-Business Business Is Suffering

The Wall Street Journal has a great page-one “ahed” today about one rug merchant who's made a business of going... More

Bloomberg Buys the Discredited Realtor Lobby’s Spin

You'd think that by now the media would be done with the National Association of Realtors, a discredited organization that... More

Citigroup Keeps on Truckin’ Like It’s 2007

The New York Times and Financial Times both report that Citigroup is raising salaries by up to half to avoid... More

Footnoted Ferrets Out Legg Mason Foolishness

The excellent business site Footnoted, run by Michelle Leder, makes a nice catch today on executive compensation. Leder's m.o. is... More

The Journal Overplays Its Harvard Scooplet

I can't figure out why this Harvard endowment story is on page one of the Journal this morning. Two managers... More

LA Times Superb on Modern-Day Grapes of Wrath

The Los Angeles Times has a standout story today—one of the best pieces I've read in a long, long time.... More

“Too Big to Fail” Gets Big Play in the NYT

Morgenson, Dash, and Krugman all consider the issue

I was glad to see three pieces in the The New York Times or on its website this weekend about... More

“All gerbils die, and when they do, hardly anybody really gives a damn.”

Not bad for a graduation speech. Doug Bates, an editorial writer at the Oregonian, gave University of Oregon J-School grads... More

The ethics of The Guardian’s Whisper bombshell - It would have been a journalistic lapse not to have told readers

Gawker: The internet bully - Nick Denton’s media empire is an intellectual online fraternity that invites people to their parties only to make them buy the booze

The Washington Post short-sells a reporter’s integrity - Steven Pearlstein smears TheStreet’s Adam Feuerstein for criticizing a biotech firm

Former Sun-Times staffers react to top reporter’s resignation - “Whereas we don’t have all the answers, we have way too many questions about what happened here”

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks


Which news org is the most trusted? (Pew)

The answer is complicated

‘My Captivity’ (NYT Mag)

An American journalist on his two-year kidnapping in Syria

FBI faked an AP story, in Seattle Times style, to catch a suspect (Seattle Times)

“‘We are outraged that the FBI, with the apparent assistance of the US Attorney’s Office, misappropriated the name of The Seattle Times to secretly install spyware on the computer of a crime suspect,’ said Seattle Times Editor Kathy Best”

How one reporter copes inside the ‘Ebola bubble’ (BuzzFeed)

“Bring gloves to give nurses you meet at clinics, even if you’re there for a story. Get small change to give to the kids who have been out of school for months and are selling ground nuts for pitiful sums on the side of road. Hell, give them candy. Violate all the principles of ostensibly good aid stewardship, because the good stewardship of the developed world didn’t get help here in time, and now everyone is dying around you.”

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