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The Audit

The FT, Germany, and the Weimar Republic

This FT story seems like a reach to me. It reports that Germany is abuzz that the financial crisis resembles... More

WSJ Scoop on Citi’s $100 Million Man

The Journal has a nice scoop that Citigroup is begging the government to let it pay big bonuses to "key... More

Yet Another Reason to Dislike Securitization

The Rortybomb blog has an illuminating post on how the mortgage industry used credit scores to replace old-fashioned due diligence—and... More

Bronte Capital with a Major Scoop on Alleged Fraudster

John Hempton the excellent Aussie blogger who writes Bronte Capital appears to have a blockbuster of a scoop. A Connecticut... More

FDIC’s Pitch to End “Too Big to Fail”

Is it me or does it seem like FDIC Chairwoman Sheila Bair is about the only person in Washington who... More

NYT’s GM Lede Is in the Trunk

The New York Times leads its front page with news of the latest General Motors plan for its future, but... More

SEC Follows Journal’s Ponzi Story

Remember that awesome Wall Street Journal story a couple of weeks ago on the shady financier Danny Pang? It took... More

NYT, Portfolio Profiles Land a One-Two Punch on Geithner

Tim Geithner is the subject of two major profiles in recent days. He doesn't come out so well in either... More

NY Fed Releases Geithner’s Schedule

But don’t go calling it a FOIA

Last night, on its Web site, The New York Times released a 5,000 word piece, by Gretchen Morgensen and Jo... More

Condé Nast Shuts Down Portfolio

The writing has pretty much been on the wall for Portfolio since the recent news that it had a staggering... More

The Newspaper Death Spiral Accelerates

If you haven't made your peace with the coming wave of newspaper deaths, now might be a good time. Editor... More

The Journal Just Loves This Obama Flip-Flop

You know something's up when The Wall Street Journal editorial board gives President Obama "three cheers" for anything. You really... More

Newspapers Blank on Billions in Fed Losses

The Federal Reserve finally opted for a little transparency with some of the trillions it's put us on the hook... More

NYT Is Excellent on Mortgage-Biz Linchpin

Here's a good angle on the mortgage mess. The New York Times reports on an entity I haven't read much... More

FT Editor Criticizes Financial Press’s Performance

We're going on two years into this still-unfolding crisis and most of the financial press has yet to cop to... 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 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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