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The Audit

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The capital gains preference

Why Mitt Romney’s taxes are so low and whether economics justifies it

Forbes, as Joe Nocera points out this morning, thinks that its list of the 400 richest US billionaires "instills confidence... More

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Audit Notes: newspaper war, inflation fears, executive pay

The Times-Picayune says it planned to go into Baton Rouge all along

The Times-Picayune plans to move into Baton Rouge to hit back at the Advocate's move into New Orleans. But publisher... More

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Audit Notes: Digital First takedown, here comes the WSJ, debt and taxes

The Awl roughs up Journal Register’s flagship paper

Brett Sokol, writes one of the most brutal piece of media criticism I've read in a long time. He examines... More

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The Newhouses strike back

The Times-Picayune goes to war with the encroaching Baton Rouge Advocate

After Advance Publications announced it would gut the still-profitable New Orleans Times-Picayune's newsroom and slash publication to three days a... More

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The inflation bugaboo, back again for QE3

Scare stories on an expected uptick in price expectations

If you've followed the financial press or have seen Ron Paul talk in the last few years, you've heard all... More

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Audit Notes: high-frequency trading, Ann Arbor news, SEC access

A whistleblower sparks a growing investigation, reports the WSJ

The Wall Street Journal has a good page-one story and scoop on a high-frequency trader turned whistleblower whose complaint has... More

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Audit Notes: ‘makers and takers’ edition

Romney’s “47 percent” comment continues to reverberate

A big part of the problem with Mitt Romney's "47 percent" characterization, as I wrote yesterday, is that it uses... More

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Mitt Romney and the Lucky Duckies

A gaffe created in the Fox News/WSJ editorial page echo chamber

Who are the 47 percent, why were Mitt Romney's comments on them so wrong, and how did Romney come to... More

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Audit Notes: News of the World’s thugs, Occupy impact, nonprofit news

Allegations that the paper’s gumshoes broke into houses looking for dirt

What could go wrong when a Murdoch newspaper employs axe-murder suspects? A lot, as we've already seen, and it may... More

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The Post goes south on NAFTA

The paper ignores or glosses over Mexico trade’s effects on the US

The Washington Post rah-rah story on trade with Mexico last week left out key context for its American readers. The... More

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The hamster wheel vs. the quality imperative

The real problem with JRC/Advance free model and the unappreciated benefit of a paywall

…The great is rare; the dull quite common. But — and this is the genius of the online format... More

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Audit Notes: Bloomberg eyes CMBS, newspaper optimism, Weil on bank books

Signs of froth return to commercial real estate lending

Bloomberg News is good to keep an eye on the securitization market for early signs of froth. It reports that... More

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The press sours a bit on Apple

The company’s control of its narrative is loosened by leaks

One of my favorite sports as a critic is watching how the press liveblogs the periodic gadget announcements that Apple... More

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Audit Notes: NYT and Bain, Dimon’s Comp Committee, 401(k)s

Too much focus on Romney, who left the company years before the alleged collusion

It's great that The New York Times is going aggressively after court documents in a big private-equity bid-rigging lawsuit, filing... More

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Open letter to John Paton, CEO of Digital First Media

In the wake of the Journal Register’s second Chapter 11 filing, Bill Grueskin writes a “Dear John” letter about its failed digital strategy

Dear John, You and I have never met, but we have corresponded—a bit testily at times (more on that later).... More

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

Bloggingheads

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

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