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The Audit

Bloomberg Pushes Hard on Credit-Raters Story

Bloomberg has done a good job keeping the credit raters in the spotlight, and its latest story shines a harsh... More

WSJ’s Free iPhone App: Rupert “Displeased”

I wrote last week that The Wall Street Journal was screwing up by not charging for its swell new iPhone... More

NYT Muni-Bond Story Effects Quick Change

The good Times story on small-town Tennessee losing big on derivatives is getting quick results. The state is planning "revolutionary"... More

The Economy Is Much Worse Than the Numbers Say

Barry Ritholtz of The Big Picture said a couple of days ago that the abysmal GDP numbers, down 6.1 percent... More

Remember Eminent Domain? The Journal Does

Good for The Wall Street Journal for putting eminent domain back in the news. We haven't heard much about the... More

CDO Complexity in Context

Thought you were the only one who really doesn't understand collateralized debt obligations or, better yet, CDO-Squareds? Rest easy. No... More

Bloomberg: Schapiro’s FINRA Dumped Debt Early

Bloomberg has a good scoop on FINRA's, the financial industry's self-regulator, suspiciously well-timed exit from the auction-rated securities market. FINRA... More

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

Why The New Yorker’s radical feminism and transgenderism piece was one-sided - “This effectively advances the views of a group that wants to see the genocide of trans women, a group that, data shows, faces extraordinarily high rates of discrimination in every measurable way”

Journalism groups rally around a petition supporting James Risen - The Supreme Court ruled against the NYT reporter, who is refusing to reveal sources

Why one editor won’t run any more op-eds by the Heritage Foundation’s top economist - A reply to Paul Krugman on state taxes and job growth made some incorrect claims

Gannett’s changes bring excitement, some pain, and a full-time beer beat - A conversation with Joshua Awtry, the chain’s top editor in the Carolinas

Build the future - Journalism’s deathwatch is over


Last call (Medium)

“The death of newspapers is sad, but the threatened loss of journalistic talent is catastrophic. If that’s you, it’s time to learn something outside the production routine of your current job.”

Maureen Dowd on James Risen (NYT)

“Risen may be trapped in Ibsen, but Obama is channeling Orwell”

Preparing yourself to cover chaos (Medium)

“There are things you should know before you show up, and you’re not going to find them in the current news cycle”

Journalists can get PTSD right at their desks (PSmag)

A new study correlates exposure to violent images with mental health symptoms

Bloggingheads

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

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