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The Audit

Crisis Crib Notes from the FT

If you're still somewhat flummoxed by what caused this financial crisis, head over to the Financial Times site and watch... More

No Prizes For Post-Mortems

Two prize-winners say investigations, not explanations, were needed in financial crisis

It’s media awards season, and journalists who have submitted their best stories for the Pulitzer Prize and other prestigious competitions... More

Happy Presidents Day

Ryan Chittum is off touring the Lincoln and Washington monuments in search of answers to the great economic questions of... More

Eisinger on Wilke

A Portfolio editor defends a former WSJ colleague

Madoff whistleblower Harry Markopolos created a stir in journalism circles last week when he testified that he approached one of... More

Japanese Lessons and Currency Concerns

The NYT is good to look at the similarities between Japan's crippling decade-long economic crisis and the one we're now... More

ProPublica on Stimulus Spending

Check out this chart from the non-profit investigative journalism group ProPublica. It helpfully lists, line by line, all the spending... More

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

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


‘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.”

Fake news sites using Facebook to spread Ebola panic (The Verge)

“These sites claim to be satirical but lack even incompetent attempts at anything resembling humor”

Bloggingheads

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

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