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The Audit

WaPo Scoop Shows Government’s Bailout Conflicts

The Washington Post fronts a pretty big scoop on friction at Freddie Mac caused by its untenable straddling between responsibility... More

Journal’s Good Effort on the Immigration Backlash

The Wall Street Journal has a really good story today on the government discouraging companies from hiring foreign workers. First... More

Milwaukee J-S Exposes Criminals in the Mortgage Biz

Late last year I did a Q&A with The Miami Herald's Jack Dolan, who led a team that wrote an... More

NYT Sues Fed and Treasury

A tip of the hat to The New York Times for filing a lawsuit against the Federal Reserve and the... More

The “Other” Post Gets a Great Scoop

The New York Post yesterday reported that Citigroup and Bank of America, those two enormous welfare cases teetering under the... More

Journal Inside the AIG Wagon-Circling

The WSJ has a good story today with lots of detail about what's going on inside AIG's now-infamous Financial Products... More

The WSJ and the Limits of a “No Jumps” Policy

Dumbing down and devaluing The Wall Street Journal

We've talked quite a bit about the FT-ization of the Journal since Murdoch got his grubby paws on it, shoved... More

FT on the Death of the Stocks Religion

The Financial Times runs an excellent analysis by columnist John Authers looking at how the "cult of equity" has been... More

Tough-Talking BofA Analyst Yesterday, Gone Today

Wow. I thought it was stunning when I read a short Bloomberg story just yesterday about a Bank of America... More

Bloomberg: The Real AIG Bonus Scandal

Bloomberg News has a great story today on how the government's AIG bailout not only preserved those infamous $165 million... More

Speedy Kills

A new Journal edict to employees will hurt the paper

Back in the summer of 2007, when the world was a cartoon version of today and Dow Jones & Co.... More

The Core Question: What’s This Junk Really Worth?

Now that the details of Obama’s bad-assets are coming out, the back and forth begins. So far, Mr. Market likes... More

ABC Scoop: JPMorgan Still in the Gilded Bubble

Good reporting here by ABC News's I-team, led by Brian Ross, on multiple-time public-money recipient JPMorgan Chase's over-the-top plans for... More

WSJ’s Good Nuts-and-Bolts Reporting

The Journal, slogging through disclosure filings, writes today that AIG lobbied Congress nearly twice as much on taxes as it... More

NYT lets NBC’s Zucker Spin Away

I'd like to tweak the Times a bit for letting NBC/CNBC spin (read: lie) on Stewart vs. Cramer without calling... 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


How to be a decent entertainment reporter (Eric Danton)

“Here’s how not to suck at it: Don’t write like an entertainment reporter”

A First Look update (First Look Media)

“[R]ather than immediately launching a large collection of digital ‘magazines’ based on strong, expert journalists with their own followings, as we imagined earlier, we’ll begin by building out the two we’ve started and then explore adding new ones as we learn”

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”

Bloggingheads

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

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