Friday, December 19, 2014. Last Update: Fri 6:50 AM EST

The Audit

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

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

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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