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The Audit

NYT on the Staggering Manufacturing Economy

The Times this morning has an ominous look at the state of manufacturing worldwide. It uses a 129-year-old German plant... More

Bloomberg’s Naked-Short Story Shows Stretch Marks

If you want to get a controversy going on Web business sites, bring up naked shorting. So what will happen... More

NPR Shows Why Newspapers Should Charge Online

NPR on why it's canceling $100,000-a-year worth of newspaper subscriptions: NPR is strongly committed to the highest quality of journalism... More

Audit On the Air

Audit editor Dean Starkman went on KCRW's To the Point show yesterday to talk about AIG. Also appearing: Audit favorite... More

CNBC’s Kudlow: On-Air Lawbreaker?

Larry "Goldilocks" Kudlow just set a dollar bill on fire live on CNBC. I guess he's trying to compete for... More

Newsweek’s Irresponsible AIG Story

It's easier to slip a weak story past your editors when the subject is leading the news, it's almost universally... More

On My Way to Glenn Beck’s Doom Bunker

I've feared that for a year now that doing the Twitter thing would be the tipping point for me—one that... More

The Times Tweaks the Sage of Omaha

If there's a golden calf in capitalism—and by extension, its press—it's Warren Buffett. Hey, if you're going to have one,... More

Journal Keeps the Heat on Exec Pay

The WSJ provides a nice guided tour of executive pay in 2008, stopping along the way to point out CEO's... More

Leonhardt vs. Sorkin: Outside the Bubble

Yesterday, the NYT's Andrew Ross Sorkin wrote a dog of a column arguing that AIG should get to keep its... More

WSJ’s Berman Calls Out the LBO’s

A tip of the hat to the Journal's Dennis Berman for his column today on the private-equity industry. Remember them?... More

Time: CNBC Is Us (on Steroids)

My colleague Liz Cox Barrett points to a really good piece by James Poniewozik in Time on the meaning of... More

Sorkin: Contracts Sacrosanct, Except When They’re Not

An astute reader writes to point out that the NYT's Andrew Ross Sorkin wasn't all for the sacrosanctity of contracts... More

Sorkin and the Straw Man

A big thumbs down to the Times's Andrew Ross Sorkin for his poorly reasoned column this morning on why we... More

“Mean Street,” Indeed

We've been talking a lot about the bubble lately. Not that bubble: This bubble: So, I couldn't let this go... 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


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”

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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