Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Last Update: Tue 10:48 AM EST

The Audit

One Black Swan You’ll Never See

Nassim Nicholas Taleb of Black Swan fame has a provocative column this morning in the Financial Times—a little too provocative.... More

Journal Inside the Citi Mess

The Journal has a very readable story this morning on the tensions between Citigroup and the government. It shows the... More

Santelli and the White House

Rick Santelli continues to make a fool of himself, touring the media to defend his call for a "tea party"... More

FT’s Murrow Moment

Nationalization is inevitable—and sooner rather than later. That according to the Financial Times's New York banking reporter Francesco Guerrera. I... More

Murdoch Fires Back at the Times

The Wall Street Journal fired back at The New York Times story yesterday about Murdoch's newspaper affinity dragging down News... More

Ansberry’s Grim Tales of the Non-Retired

I suspect I'm not the only one who read this WSJ story about workers in their 70s and 80s scuffling... More

A Nice Get On Stanford From the Chronicle

This Houston Chronicle story from last week contains an interesting interview with a pair of ex-employees, who describe how... More

NYT on WSJ

The New York Times does a nice job keeping an eye on its downtown rival this morning, reporting interesting details... More

WSJ Widens Lead On Citi

The Journal breaks the news that the erstwhile subprime leader is asking the government for more help with an idea... More

Frontline Disappoints

A surprisingly weak effort on the financial crisis; do-over needed

Dismay. That was our response to Frontline’s recent documentary on the financial crisis. And our problem wasn’t even with the... More

Santelli’s “Tea Party” Illustrates Press Failure

The mobs want to string up the wrong people

As the light from the torches gleans from a million pitchfork tines after Rick Santelli's bizarre, gasket-blowing performance on CNBC... More

FOIA Score: Fox 1 - Bailout Secrecy 0

FBN chalks up key win in documents case

Fox Business News scored an important victory in the WOBS (War On Bailout Secrecy), when a federal judge in Manhattan... More

WSJ Up on BofA

The Journal stays ahead on the Bank of America/Merrill Lynch story this morning, with a scoop that the New York... More

CNBC Editor: The People Are Revolting!

Santelli plays Mel Brooks playing Louis XVI

In the annals of CNBC cluelessness, this morning’s outburst by the channel’s Rick Santelli is up there with the worst.... More

The Business Press and the Cult of Personality

A misplaced emphasis on celebrity over substance got us into this mess

In times of great troubles, it is natural to look for a savior, someone who can get us out of... 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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