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The Audit

Former Head of Pension Insurer Pleads the Fifth

Wow. The former head of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, Charles E.F. Millard, has pleaded the Fifth Amendment to a... More

State Farm Is There (for Your Blog)

The Journal looks at what's becoming an increasing issue: Bloggers getting sued for what they write. And it's not just... More

The Audit on the Radio

Audit host Dean Starkman makes an appearance on NPR's Talk of the Nation to discuss his giant story "Power Problem,"... More

BW Catches the Press Recycling Obama’s “News”

BusinessWeek has a smart piece of analysis on how the Obama administration's message control is playing out in the press.... More

The Times Gets It Right (Today) on Credit Cards

Gary Weiss notices that the Times shifts course on credit cards on page one today. It's a good thing they... More

Obama Listens to Elizabeth Warren Even if the Press Does Not

WaPo scoops that a consumer regulator is in the works

The Washington Post gets a nice scoop this morning on an actual good idea emanating from Washington: Setting up a... More

The Times Gives Card Companies Too Much Credit

The Times's front page story on the coming credit-card crackdown doesn't really do it for me. The consumer-advocate response is... More

BlackRock Gets a Bruising from WSJ, NYT

BlackRock gets a double scoop of (deservedly) bad press this morning on page one of The New York Times and... More

Hints of an Explosive Wall Street Story from FT’s Tett

There's an interesting bit of reporting buried deep in this good Gillian Tett column in the Financial Times last week... More

No Jump for Nomura in the Journal

This Journal story on Nomura Holdings upping its U.S. presence is a bit off. First of all there's the headline:... More

Fortune: The TALF Plan Has Wall Street Salivating

The TALF bailout is coming online, and Fortune takes a good look at exactly how it works for the big... More

Deposed Trump Looks Very Bad in the Journal

The Wall Street Journal has a hilarious story today using Donald Trump's lawsuit against The New York Times editor Timothy... More

Globe Pension-Insurer Story Gets Juicy

Remember that pension insurance fund story I said to watch a couple of months ago—the one broken by The Boston... More

WaPo Sees an Incipient Trade War with Canada

The Washington Post reports that the trade-war issue, which flared up briefly after "Buy American" clauses made it into the... More

WSJ’s Weak Hedge-Fund Story

This Journal story today is frustrating. Investors in a fund run by hedge-fund impresario James Simons are ticked off that... More

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

Des Moines Register prepares for a ‘very stressful’ newsroom restructuring - Editor Amalie Nash speaks on turnover, transformation, and a virtual reality adventure

PBS pulls ads from Harper’s Magazine after critical essay - Piece argues public broadcaster has fallen under the sway of political influence and outside money

Should all journalists be on Twitter? - Reasons to take up or forgo the 140-character platform

The Tennessean is borrowing reporters from other Gannett papers - Music columnist Peter Cooper is latest journalist to part ways with Nashville paper


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.”

Fake news sites using Facebook to spread Ebola panic (The Verge)

“These sites claim to be satirical but lack even incompetent attempts at anything resembling humor”

How Ben Bradlee dealt with flacks (Washington Post)

“I would like to be sure that you understand that we trust our editors’ news judgement and that we distrust yours”

Ben Bradlee, 93 (WaPo)

“From the moment he took over The Post newsroom in 1965, Mr. Bradlee sought to create an important newspaper that would go far beyond the traditional model of a metropolitan daily”

Bloggingheads

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