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The NYT unseals a private-equity scoop

Emails between executives look like antitrust smoking guns

A tip of The Audit's green eyeshade to The New York Times for fighting to get this look inside the... More

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A Web survey isn’t a poll, CNBC

The network’s tweet creates a misleading media narrative on the veep debate

Whoever was running the CNBC Twitter feed last night didn't know the difference between a scientific poll and a Web... More

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Audit Notes: fraud without fraudsters edition

Wells Fargo and JPMorgan shareholders, not executives, held accountable

The Wall Street Journal fronts news that the feds are suing Wells Fargo for a decade of mortgage fraud that... More

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Ask Obama This: What about housing?

What went wrong with the administration’s mortgage policies

Over the final month of the campaign, CJR will run a series of posts under the headline “Ask Obama This”... More

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Conspiracy Jack

Welch, fleeing Fortune and Reuters, takes his nonsense to the WSJ editorial page

Why has Jack Welch doubled down on the false, inflammatory, and slanderous tweet that he sent out five minutes after... More

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Audit Notes: The FT’s prospects, another victimized billionaire, Bain & Co.

Michael Wolff writes in The Guardian about the Financial Times's prospects now that Pearson CEO Marjorie Scardino, a booster of... More

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Neutron Jack: ‘I quit!’

Welch ends Fortune and Reuters contracts after tough coverage

I've long wondered why business magazines run Jack Welch's columns. BusinessWeek ran it for years but stopped a month after... More

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Audit Notes: BLS BS, another print turnaround forecast, deficits

The LAT and CNBC let Jack Welch frame the jobs numbers

Don't miss Brendan Nyhan's excellent review of coverage of the unemployment-numbers conspiracy theory kicked off by Jack Welch on Friday.... More

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Facing up to the high cost of free news

Is there a quality argument to support the digital ads-only model?

Pretty soon, proponents of free digital news will have to own up to the implications of their model. The... More

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Jack Welch and anti-business sentiment

The former GE CEO, still a business press hero

Former GE CEO Jack Welch made waves last week claiming—with zero evidence—that the Obama administration manipulated the unemployment report that... More

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Bleacher Report and the race to the bottom

SF Weekly rips Turner Broadcasting’s nearly $200 million purchase

Bleacher Report is a sort of Demand Media of sports, a content farm engineered to get search engine visits with... More

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Audit Notes: Romney and taxes, prison phone racket, WSJ

The Atlantic eyes the Republican’s corporate tax plan

Nobody can figure out what exactly Mitt Romney wants to do with taxes. His plan is mathematically impossible, and Wednesday... More

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Audit Notes: Mansion, inequality and the crash, FT on Schneiderman

The business press continues to roll out the 0.1 percent porn. Now it's The Wall Street Journal launching a new... More

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Forbes’s myth of the Reagan boom

A columnist’s misleading economic history

Peter Ferrara, currently of the climate-change denying Heartland Institute and formerly of Jack Abramoff's payroll and the Reagan and Bush... More

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Audit Notes: Insert hospice joke here, Web pagination, too big to value

The Washington Post diversifies its business into end-of-life care

The Washington Post is getting into the hospice business, which prompted a few too many obvious jokes about death and... More

PBS pulls ads from Harper’s Magazine after critical essay - Piece argues public broadcaster has fallen under the sway of political influence and outside money

Should all journalists be on Twitter? - Reasons to take up or forgo the 140-character platform

Chris Hondros: How He Got that Picture - From CJR’s Covering Iraq oral history

Beware journo-speak - Only journalists would call a tragedy a “mishap”

Will feminist writers save Playboy? - As Playboy’s safe-for-work site has passed the one-month mark, a look at the online media’s bedazzled reactions, and how the new image suits the old brand


Lawmakers on why they’re mired in place (Esquire)

Mark Warren “spoke with 90 members of the House and Senate about what’s gone so wrong in Congress. Sometimes it got a little emotional.”

My childhood friend, the ISIS jihadist (Mashable)

How a young Danish man turned extremist

What it’s like to carry a Nobel Prize through Fargo (SciAm)

“And they’re like, ‘Uhhhh. Who gave this to you?’ ‘The King of Sweden.’ ‘Why did he give this to you?’ ‘Because I helped discover the expansion rate of the universe was accelerating.’”

Newspapers prefer lesbians (Bloomberg)

In five states that just got gay marriage, the vast majority of local papers covered it with photos of women getting hitched

Bloggingheads

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

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