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The Audit

Hedgies About to Get Trimmed?

The Journal and Bloomberg have very interesting stories on the legal battle between Fairfax Financial Holdings and the short-sellers it... More

NYT Chickens Out on Insolvent Banks

The Times runs a front-page piece this morning looking at the argument that much of the nation's banking system, especially... More

Merrill in the Public Stocks

I like the prominent display The New York Times and the Financial Times give the news that Merrill Lynch made... More

The Corruption Thing

Portfolio's new issue contains an interesting piece by Gary Weiss comparing the problems on Wall Street with the extensive corruption... More

Post Shines on Unemployment Disputes

The Washington Post has a great story today looking at how employers are fighting ex-employees' unemployment claims in record numbers.... More

Must-Read of the Day

Martin Wolf of the Financial Times is on fire over the Geithner/Obama bailout plan. I thought Wolf's lede was over-the-top... More

Attention Is Paid

Fortune’s fine unemployment cover

Sometimes it’s better just to keep it simple, and in that spirit I give Fortune credit for profiling several unemployed... More

Auletta on the Newspaper Death Watch

Ken Auletta makes some sharp comments on the perilous state of the news industry in a Q&A with The Boston... More

WaPo’s Pearlstein Sticks It to Wall Street

But good

Steven Pearlstein has an excellent column today ripping Wall Street for still not getting it. He leads with six columns... More

Odds & Ends

This one-source story in the NYT today bothers me. It's got some analysis, but not much. Couldn't find one independent... More

CNBC’s Bear Trap

CNBC paired noted bears Nouriel Roubini and Nassim Nicholas Taleb yesterday in what could have been a very good arrangement.... More

A-Rod, the WSJ, and A1

Why is a huge headshot of Alex Rodriguez taking up half the above-the-fold space on page one of my Wall... More

LA Times Finds California Farms Not Hiring

The LA Times has a very interesting story about how the recession is causing a surplus of farm labor in... More

The Times on the Times

The New York Times's media reporter Richard Perez-Pena plows into the minefield to look at his own company's prospects for... More

Journal Is Wide-Eyed on a Potential Rebound

The Journal is too contrarian for the sake of it in an Outlook column positing that the economy could be... 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


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.”

Insufferable parenthetical asides, ranked (The Hairpin)

18. (strictly for the mise-en-scene)

You are now entering the demented kingdom of William T. Vollmann (TNR)

“Franzen tells a hilarious story of being a young writer in New York, meeting Vollmann, becoming fast friends, and inaugurating a draft swap. A while later, they exchanged work. Franzen gave Vollmann a dozen chiseled pages. Vollmann gave Franzen an entire novel.”

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

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