Thursday, October 30, 2014. Last Update: Thu 10:46 AM EST

The Audit

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

Really, Forbes?

I don't think it's quite time to start calling this economic crisis a depression, as if it's just a fact.... More

Romenesko Misconstrues Google on “Scribes of Drivel”

Jim Romenesko misreads the point (Link is now dead. See update below) Google veep Jonathan Rosenberg is trying to make... More

LAT’s’s Hiltzik Spells It Out

The Los Angeles Times's Michael Hiltzik has been off to a good start with his return to column-writing. Today, he... More

FT’s Wolf on the Coming ‘Lost Decade’

Seven days ago, I wrote that Martin Wolf's urgent warning about the dismal "Bank Bailout II (This Time We Mean... More

Strange Times

Did you ever think you'd see this on the front page of the Financial Times? Think back a year and... More

The Stanford Financial Scandal

I've got several thoughts on the Stanford Financial story. First, I think some of the press is a bit misleading... More

WSJ Is Incredible on Foreclosure Court

The Journal has a superb A1 story today about a foreclosure "rocket docket" in Florida that gives homeowners fifteen or... More

WaPo on Why Geithner Fumbled

The Washington Post, apparently very well-sourced at the Treasury Department, has a nice tick-tock explaining Tim Geithner's disappointing performance last... More

Bloomberg Digs Into Executive Perks

Bloomberg has a good story this morning looking at the executive perks still being paid for by taxpayer-bailed-out Citigroup. It... More

The ethics of The Guardian’s Whisper bombshell - It would have been a journalistic lapse not to have told readers

Gawker: The internet bully - Nick Denton’s media empire is an intellectual online fraternity that invites people to their parties only to make them buy the booze

The Washington Post short-sells a reporter’s integrity - Steven Pearlstein smears TheStreet’s Adam Feuerstein for criticizing a biotech firm

Former Sun-Times staffers react to top reporter’s resignation - “Whereas we don’t have all the answers, we have way too many questions about what happened here”

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks


Which news org is the most trusted? (Pew)

The answer is complicated

‘My Captivity’ (NYT Mag)

An American journalist on his two-year kidnapping in Syria

FBI faked an AP story, in Seattle Times style, to catch a suspect (Seattle Times)

“‘We are outraged that the FBI, with the apparent assistance of the US Attorney’s Office, misappropriated the name of The Seattle Times to secretly install spyware on the computer of a crime suspect,’ said Seattle Times Editor Kathy Best”

How one reporter copes inside the ‘Ebola bubble’ (BuzzFeed)

“Bring gloves to give nurses you meet at clinics, even if you’re there for a story. Get small change to give to the kids who have been out of school for months and are selling ground nuts for pitiful sums on the side of road. Hell, give them candy. Violate all the principles of ostensibly good aid stewardship, because the good stewardship of the developed world didn’t get help here in time, and now everyone is dying around you.”

Bloggingheads

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

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