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Audit Notes: Different than you and me, Google as utility

Political discourse disproportionately follows the whims of the wealthy

The Los Angeles Times runs a fascinating op-ed by Benjamin I. Page and Larry M. Bartels on the policy preferences... More

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Personal finance experts of the day

Some baffling editorial judgment in the The Wall Street Journal

The Experts: Should People Buy Long-Term-Care Insurance? That's the headline of a The Wall Street Journal article out yesterday--the kind... More

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Audit Notes: WaPo hamster wheel, weather.com, bureaucracy’s upside

“At least a dozen pieces of content per day”

Poynter's Andrew Beaujon reports this internal want ad for the Washington Post's once-vaunted Style section: This blogger should be able... More

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WaPo will, finally, charge online

Anti-paywall forces routed in the US; attention shifts to Kings Cross

The Washington Post is making it official: It will put up a metered paywall sometime this summer, the paper reports.... More

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The Cyprus bailout fiasco

Get ready for a week (if we’re lucky) of euro crisis news

The major news over the weekend was the continuing incompetence of Europe's policymakers, who seem determined to make the euro... More

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Poor coverage of Google’s Street View scandal settlement

Incomplete accounts make the story more favorable to Mountain View

Google paid $7 million to 38 states earlier this week to settle its Street View privacy scandal. This was a... More

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Asking the wrong question about Dell

A WSJ columnist misses the point on the CEO-led buyout

Holman Jenkins' column in The Wall Street Journal on the proposed management buyout of Dell shareholders is an excellent example... More

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Audit Notes: Weil embarrasses DOJ, Business Insider, revolving door

Bloomberg's Jonathan Weil makes an amazing catch on the latest Ernst & Young wrist slap from the Justice Department, this... More

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Joe Nocera’s big (old) Goldman scoop

NYT’s revealing reporting gets almost no play elsewhere

Whoever thought the plight of executives and investors at eToys--one of the signal flops of the high tech bubble era--would... More

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An ugly bit of blame-the-borrowers

Predatory lending is real, contra RealClearMarkets, and it particularly targets minorities

John Tamny of RealClearMarkets and Forbes really didn't like my take last week on that awful Bloomberg BusinessWeek cover. Here's... More

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The Rise of Longform Newspaper Writing, 1950s-2003

Fink and Schudson document the rise of “contexual journalism” before the longform meltdown.

Katherine Fink and Michael Schudson have a fantastic new paper called "The Rise of Contextual Journalism, 1950s-2003," to be... More

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Audit Notes: Noonan forgets the stimulus, native ads, Mary Jo White

The WSJ columnist says Obama should have done things he actually did

It's hard to pick the worst sentence in Peggy Noonan's Wall Street Journal column this weekend, so let me just... More

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Audit Notes: paywall time machine, Times-Picayune, Elizabeth Warren

What digital subscriptions could have done for newspapers a decade ago

Ken Doctor writes a fantastic piece for Nieman Lab on charging for news. He notes that leaky paywalls are working... More

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Dow 36,000, just around the corner (again)

Fourteen years after an infamous book and still 22,000 points down

Back in 1999, two American Enterprise Institute guys, James K. Glassman and Kevin Hassett, wrote a book called Dow 36,000:... More

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Audit Notes: too big to prosecute, the techno-utopian backlash

Attorney General Holder admits Wall Street gigantism deters Justice charges

Lanny Breuer all but admitted it, but his former boss Eric Holder went all the way yesterday, telling Congress the... 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.”

Bloggingheads

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

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