Friday, December 19, 2014. Last Update: Thu 1:20 PM EST

The Audit

BusinessWeek: Unemployment’s Worse Than You Think

BusinessWeek runs a nice story looking at the unreliability of unemployment statistics and how they're underestimating actual unemployment—something I criticized... More

Thinning Out the Journal’s Front Page

This Wall Street Journal A1 story today takes a rubbery strand of data about consumer borrowing and stretches it past... More

The Journal Games Out Depression Scenarios

I like this Wall Street Journal piece today looking at the odds of entering a depression, what that would mean,... More

Bloomberg on Papering Over Banks’ Losses

Bloomberg reports that the proposed changes to mark-to-market accounting rules could boost paper profits at banks by 20 percent. Hey,... More

NYT: Heads They Win, Tails They Win a Bit Less

The Times looks at a piece of the unaccountability culture in corporate America: Changing stock-option strike prices (legally) to make... More

Just What’s Left in the Metro Dailies?

NYU prof and Press Thinker Jay Rosen has had it with what he calls "replaceniks"—those who throw out the red... More

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

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

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