Friday, July 25, 2014. Last Update: Thu 3:45 PM EST

The Audit

Too Big to Fail, Too Big to Succeed, Too Few to Compete

Barry Ritholtz of The Big Picture takes on a relative of the "too big to fail" mess: what he calls... More

WSJ Continues to Hype Congressional Expenses Non-Story

I've been somewhat baffled by the Journal's repeated page-one stories on congressional expenses. So far they've turned up just about... More

More on the Journal’s Banking-Lobby Story

Andrew Leonard of Salon makes a nice catch on the Journal's bank-lobbying story this morning, one I read right by—perhaps... More

The Times Finds Countrywide (BofA) Up to Its Old Tricks

The New York Times's page one today is loaded with business stories. My favorite is Peter S. Goodman's excellent one... More

More on Why Kindle Doesn’t Work for Newspapers

It's good to see Jeff Bercovici land on his feet after Portfolio's demise. At Daily Finance, he quotes News Corp.... More

The Journal Continues to Focus on the Banking Lobby

I've been impressed recently by the business press's—particularly The Wall Street Journal's—reporting on the aggressive lobbying by the financial industry... More

General Motors and a Newspaper “Classic”

The Wall Street Journal faced down a company at the peak of its power

In these days of automotive bankruptcies and newspaper closures, it may be hard to recall—even to imagine—that the auto companies,... More

WSJ: Citi Severs Huge Severance Packages

There's been a common-sense sighting on Wall Street. The Journal scoops that Citigroup is refusing to pay tens of millions... More

WaPo Circles Back on Cox’s SEC

I criticized the press last month for burying a blistering General Accountability Office report on the incompetence of Christopher Cox's... More

It’s the Times’s Turn on the Wall Street Rear Guard

The Journal did some three-yards-and-a-cloud-of-dust work last week on Wall Street's retrograde lobbying efforts—particularly to keep credit-default swaps from being... More

Bloomberg (News) Takes the 2,3 Train to Wall Street

It finds the Metropolitan Transit Authority massively overpaid for a big bond issue

Here's a great piece of watchdog journalism from Bloomberg, reporting that the Metropolitan Transit Authority sold a bond issue far... More

WSJ Keeps a Close Watch on the Wall Street Lobby

The Wall Street Journal scoops that Wall Street is up to its old tricks. It's lobbying against greater transparency rules... More

Pearlstein Hammers the OCC

Steven Pearlstein wrote a brutal column yesterday on John Dugan, the Comptroller of the Currency. Dugan is complaining that FDIC... More

“Green Shoots” Are About to Get Swamped

A second wave of foreclosures is coming, and the media need to watch out

I get the sense that the press is becoming a bit too sanguine about the economy's prospects, something that could... More

A Mightn’t Wind Blows at the Journal

There's a noticeable tic showing up in Wall Street Journal copy in recent months. All of a sudden, the very... 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


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.”

Insufferable parenthetical asides, ranked (The Hairpin)

18. (strictly for the mise-en-scene)

You are now entering the demented kingdom of William T. Vollmann (TNR)

“Franzen tells a hilarious story of being a young writer in New York, meeting Vollmann, becoming fast friends, and inaugurating a draft swap. A while later, they exchanged work. Franzen gave Vollmann a dozen chiseled pages. Vollmann gave Franzen an entire novel.”

Bloggingheads

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

  • If you like the magazine, get the rest of the year for just $19.95 (6 issues in all).
  • If not, simply write cancel on the bill and return it. You will owe nothing.

Who Owns What

The Business of Digital Journalism

A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

Study Guides

Questions and exercises for journalism students.