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The Audit

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

Lewis on Merrill: The Government Made Me Do It!

A Journal scoop this morning goes a ways toward filling in the details of just what Bank of America's Ken... More

Why Pay $100 a Year for the Journal?

They’re giving it away free on your phone

Amy Gahran over at Poynter points out something I've been wondering about, too: Why is The Wall Street Journal giving... More

Portfolio to Credit Suisse: “Good Doggie”

Jesse Eisinger of Portfolio points to a bank doing something right on compensation for once and throws them a deserved... More

Journal Gives “Too Big to Fail” Some Play

Applaud The Wall Street Journal for, alone among most papers, reporting on the congressional testimony yesterday on the "too big... More

About That Pulitzer Shutout

There's been lots of buzz today about the Pulitzers giving financial reporting a big fat zero. Audit impresario Dean Starkman... More

No Pulitzers, But Here’s an Audie

Financial news is shut out on journalism’s big day

We don’t have anything to do with Pulitzers here at the Columbia Journalism Review, other than bask in their reflected... More

WSJ Credit Raters Story Downgraded to Single ‘A”

The Journal takes a look today at the credit-ratings firms and their assertion that the First Amendment protects them from... More

WaPo Skittish on Its Own Chrysler Scoop

The Washington Post has a nice exclusive today on Chrysler Financial turning down a $750 million government loan because its... More

New York’s Portrait of Wall Street in Denial

In the well-appointed fortress with a finance class under siege

New York's fun story about Wall Streeters not Getting It is one of the best yet on the difficulty of... More

WSJ Calls Out Treasury’s Inflated Loan Numbers

The Journal has more bad news on the banks and some top-notch analysis that cuts through the government line on... More

NYT: Obama to Invent New Bank Capital

The New York Times scoops that the administration has figured out how to give the banks another bailout without having... More

Cognitive Dissonance of the Week

The Syracuse Post-Standard has a fascinating report on one of the leaders of the local "tea-party" protest this week—you know... More

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

Chris Hondros: How He Got that Picture - From CJR’s Covering Iraq oral history

Beware journo-speak - Only journalists would call a tragedy a “mishap”

Will feminist writers save Playboy? - As Playboy’s safe-for-work site has passed the one-month mark, a look at the online media’s bedazzled reactions, and how the new image suits the old brand


Lawmakers on why they’re mired in place (Esquire)

Mark Warren “spoke with 90 members of the House and Senate about what’s gone so wrong in Congress. Sometimes it got a little emotional.”

My childhood friend, the ISIS jihadist (Mashable)

How a young Danish man turned extremist

What it’s like to carry a Nobel Prize through Fargo (SciAm)

“And they’re like, ‘Uhhhh. Who gave this to you?’ ‘The King of Sweden.’ ‘Why did he give this to you?’ ‘Because I helped discover the expansion rate of the universe was accelerating.’”

Newspapers prefer lesbians (Bloomberg)

In five states that just got gay marriage, the vast majority of local papers covered it with photos of women getting hitched

Bloggingheads

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

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