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The Audit

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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

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Journal Register opens the kimono a bit

CEO John Paton gives us some hard numbers

One of my biggest criticisms of Journal Register Company and Digital First Media has been how it has cherry-picked financial... More

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Audit Notes: Amazon and antitrust, techspeak, ‘Peter Drucker with an Afro’

The DOJ’s ebook settlement could enable anticompetitive behavior

The Los Angeles Times's Michael Hiltzik gets it on Amazon and the Justice Department's seriously misguided antitrust lawsuit against book... More

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Audit Notes: Bain’s LBOs, Star Tribune, Wolff on JRC

ProPublica reports that the “turnaround artist” narrative is off

ProPublica's Jesse Eisinger looks at Mitt Romney and Bain Capital, calling into question the narrative that it was largely about... More

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Audit Notes: WSJ Live, scot free, Martin Feldstein

Lucrative video streams soar at the Journal

Wall Street Journal deputy managing editor Alan Murray says the paper's WSJ Live video efforts are growing at a torrid... More

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The Facebook blame game

The NYT’s Sorkin shifts focus from the bankers

Like Jon Weil, I've got little sympathy for the folks who speculated on Facebook at $38, thinking it would double... More

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Audit Notes: Journal Register, Clinton and ‘can’t find workers,’ AP flop

The bankrupt company’s owner isn’t doing well itself

Read Martin Langeveld's super-sharp take for the Nieman Lab on what the Journal Register bankruptcy means and what might be... More

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Journal Register, future-of-news star, is bankrupt again

Takeaways for the newspaper business

Yesterday, John Paton announced that Journal Register Company is filing for bankruptcy for the second time in three years. That’s... More

The ethics of The Guardian’s Whisper bombshell - It would have been a journalistic lapse not to have told readers

Gawker: The internet bully - Nick Denton’s media empire is an intellectual online fraternity that invites people to their parties only to make them buy the booze

The Washington Post short-sells a reporter’s integrity - Steven Pearlstein smears TheStreet’s Adam Feuerstein for criticizing a biotech firm

Former Sun-Times staffers react to top reporter’s resignation - “Whereas we don’t have all the answers, we have way too many questions about what happened here”

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks


Which news org is the most trusted? (Pew)

The answer is complicated

‘My Captivity’ (NYT Mag)

An American journalist on his two-year kidnapping in Syria

FBI faked an AP story, in Seattle Times style, to catch a suspect (Seattle Times)

“‘We are outraged that the FBI, with the apparent assistance of the US Attorney’s Office, misappropriated the name of The Seattle Times to secretly install spyware on the computer of a crime suspect,’ said Seattle Times Editor Kathy Best”

How one reporter copes inside the ‘Ebola bubble’ (BuzzFeed)

“Bring gloves to give nurses you meet at clinics, even if you’re there for a story. Get small change to give to the kids who have been out of school for months and are selling ground nuts for pitiful sums on the side of road. Hell, give them candy. Violate all the principles of ostensibly good aid stewardship, because the good stewardship of the developed world didn’t get help here in time, and now everyone is dying around you.”

Bloggingheads

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

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