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The Audit

Reporting the Stimulus Plan

Applaud the press for its coverage of the herky-jerky spending plans.

Does the press have a lot on its hands these days, or what? I've lost count of how many trillions... More

Breaking: 4 Minute Wait for Decaf at Starbucks

Talk about commodity news. We've gotten on the Journal before for its weird Starbucks obsession obsession, but today it goes... More

LAT Is Good on Foreclosures

The LA Times is excellent today on the dismal state of housing in California, the ground zero—one of them, anyway—of... More

Inside a Layoff

The Journal also has an excellent front-page "ahed" today—a first-hand, real-time look at the layoffs that are swamping the economy.... More

WSJ Crushes the Competition

The Journal dominates the John Thain/Merrill Lynch/Bank of America fiasco story today. Thain fired back at B of A yesterday,... More

Bloomberg Picks Apart Madoff “Enablers”

Bloomberg comes down hard on Madoff's so-called feeder funds, which it correctly labels "enablers" in its headline. If the 70-year-old... More

Ken Lewis in Black and White

I don't know how Ken Lewis the man is holding up under the pressure, but I can tell you his... More

Thain Again

So now it's John Thain's turn to wave the knife. The Financial Times leads its page one this morning with... More

Portfolio’s Trivial Pursuit

Instead of investigating Goldman, it mocks the idea

I am still not understanding a certain strain of business-press culture that seems inclined to run interference for investment banks... More

Times on the Move Toward Nationalization

The nationalization argument keeps picking up steam, and it keeps making sense—at least compared the other harebrained schemes that have... More

Journal with More on TARP

The Journal this morning has some good reporting on the failure of TARP to stimulate lending, its second very good... More

The Buddy Can You Spare a Dime Index

Reuters, via Atrios: Nasdaq OMX Group (NDAQ.O) said on Friday it will launch options trading on its three-week old Government... More

Say ‘Hey’ to WSJ on Pay

Credit The Wall Street Journal for some good number-crunching and analysis today on a hidden facet of executive pay, which—guess... More

Thain the Vain

And so now we have our Dennis Kozlowski, our Leona Helmsley of the current crisis. Thanks to Charlie Gasparino of... More

Audit Interview: Alan D. Mutter

“We have an enormous number of reporters today, especially at newspapers, who are reporting on the obvious.”

Alan D. Mutter is a veteran of the ink-stained days who in the two decades since he left as No.... 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

Journalists subpoenaed in ‘pink-slime’ suit - BPI wants emails from NYT’s Michael Moss, public-health lawyer Michele Simon, and others

Bloomberg struggles to break out of the box - Justin Smith’s ambitious digital transformation hits some bumps

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Embedded with the Koch brothers - Hometown reporters get rare access to the media-shy oilmen, with mixed results


Your iPhone can now make free encrypted calls (Wired)

The beginning of the end of burner phones?

The new face of Richard Norris (GQ)

“‘Richard?’ I say. ‘Richard?’ I shove his shoulder and nothing happens. He is dead. He is on my watch and he is dead. I hear gurgling. Breathing. He’s on my watch and he is not dead.”

How to be a decent entertainment reporter (Eric Danton)

“Here’s how not to suck at it: Don’t write like an entertainment reporter”

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”

Bloggingheads

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

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