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The Audit

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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

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Content economics, part 2: payments

How and why people fork over money for media

Apologies for the delay between part 1 and this: I wanted to wait until Amanda Palmer's TED talk appeared... More

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Audit Notes: NYT softballs, ad inventory, the future of the LAT

The Justice Department’s Lanny Breuer gets another weak exit interview

How many parting kisses can outgoing senior administration officials collect from the press? Lanny Breuer, already given the puff treatment... More

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The battle of New Orleans

Is Advance Publications securing the future of local news—or needlessly sacrificing it?

In May, as the New Orleans Times-Picayune put to bed an epic, eight-part investigation into Louisiana's prison system, its... More

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More on that BusinessWeek cover

A firestorm over its unintentionally inflammatory art

My post on this unfortunate Bloomberg BusinessWeek cover touched off a wave of fury on the intertubes this morning. First,... More

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A BusinessWeek cover crosses a line

Minorities as greedy grotesqueries fueling a new housing bubble

Bloomberg BusinessWeek is a lot edgier than its predecessor, at least where design is concerned. Sometimes it's too edgy, like... More

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Commercialization of the academy: diet supplements edition

The LAT’s Hiltzik on professors who hawk Herbalife

The Herbalife story is a business-press feast. You've got warring billionaires, the words "Ponzi scheme" being thrown around, a televised... More

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Fortune on the French

France’s “unproductive labor force” is, in fact, quite productive

The abrasive tire CEO Maurice Taylor made news last week when he lashed out at French workers as "lazy" good-for-nothings.... More

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Audit Notes: Seattle paywall, private equity taxes, mortgage security fraud

The Seattle Times will charge online readers beginning next month

The Seattle Times is the latest paper to join the paywall movement. It looks like it's basically copying The New... 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”

Bloggingheads

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