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A Guide To Bailout Transparency Sites

Another public service from The Audit

It is no secret that bailout transparency is a problem. Now that taxpayers have become financiers, we have a right... More

“Populist” or Just the Truth?

I have a nit to pick with the Times's lead story today about Obama calling Wall Street's $18.4 billion in... More

Don’t Blame Us!

It's time for a quote of the day. This from a good Bloomberg story about Davos participants in denial about... More

How One Job Loss Cascades Through the Economy

I love this story in the Journal's Currents section today. My former colleague Ben Casselman traces the economic impact of... More

Bloomberg Bird-dogs Transparency Issues

We at The Audit continue to be impressed with Bloomberg News's aggressive accountability journalism. Its pursuit of transparency in the... More

Good Madoff Scoop from the Times and Il Sole 24 Ore

A good Madoff scoop from the Times this morning is also interesting for how it came about: a collaboration with... More

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

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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