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The Audit

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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

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Audit Notes: NYT yacht coverage, Diluted tech stocks, CNBC

How stock options obscure what companies like Facebook are really worth

The New York Times takes a tough look at a pressing issue in our struggling economy: "How to Keep Yachting... More

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Audit Notes: blame the borrowers, Walmart cashiers, newspaper prices

The Democratic Party platform on mortgage issues

Henry Blodget somehow thinks that "everyone has spent the last five years trying to blame the housing crash on every... More

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The Wall Street Journal lets Paul Ryan go all but unchecked

Misleading claims get ignored or given he said-she said treatment

The Wall Street Journal's coverage of Paul Ryan's speech to the Republican National Convention Wednesday, which was packed with one... More

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Audit Notes: Wall Street sheriffs, preprints, Globalization and workers

Supposedly in a “race to investigate, indict, subpoena and fine”

The Wall Street Journal would have you believe Wall Street is running scared from all the financial cops in New... More

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Audit Notes: Murdoch’s hacking scandal, revolving door, Obama’s AMA

Two more arrests, including one for computer hacking

As Rupert Murdoch tells the world to go see Dinesh D'Souza's "scary" 2016 propaganda (read my 2010 takes on the... More

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CNBC: kid gloves for bankers, boxing gloves for bank critics

Interviews with Barofsky, Spitzer, and Krugman underscore the network’s capture

We're all for aggressively skeptical interviewing—I've often wished we could import Brits to do our presidential interviews, for instance. But... More

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Audit Notes: the national debt, Bailout, ProPublica on campaign finance

GOP jujitsu on Obama and deficits

Ezra Klein, anticipating a lot of Republicans disingenuously blaming Obama for the national debt, points to a Center on Budget... More

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The NYT’s weak coverage of rental-car consolidation

With Hertz/Dollar Thrifty deal, three companies would have 94 percent of the market

The rental car business is a highly concentrated industry controlled by four companies. It's about to get much more concentrated,... More

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Audit Notes: GOP gold bugs, too big to fail, Niall Ferguson

The myth of hard money

The Republicans have put the gold standard (or at least a commission to study the idea) back in their party's... More

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Audit Notes: China slows, Romney’s taxes, copyright

Inventories pile up, posing another threat to the global economy

The New York Times looks at a glut of goods clogging up Chinese warehouses—an ominous sign for the global economy:... More

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WaPo dings the ‘give-it-away-free approach’

A mess of a story on Facebook

There's all kinds of irony about the Washington Post slapping a company for a "give-it-away-free approach" that has hurt share... More

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Audit Notes: Gawker’s Bain scoop, file sharing and record sales, Niall Ferguson

A document dump raises questions about tax strategies

Gawker's John Cook got hold of 950 pages of confidential Bain Capital documents related to Mitt Romney and put them... More

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The New Yorker on Obama as fundraiser (UPDATED)

Fascinating reporting but an overly sympathetic portrayal

It's hard to read Jane Mayer's New Yorker piece on campaign fundraising without thinking about how embarrassing and corrupting it... More

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Audit Notes: Newsweek standards, Luddite fallacy, crowdfunding scams

Everyone but the magazine fact checks Niall Ferguson

Paul Krugman asks: We know what Ferguson is going to do: he’s going to brazen it out, actually boasting about... More

Reporters fail to capture implications of pension provision - A ‘big shift’ tucked into the spending bill goes under-examined

The New Republic: A public trust or a business? - How Chris Hughes turned a 100-year-old publication into a “product”

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014

The problem with sharing uncredited photos - “Just because you put something on the internet does not give people the right to steal it”


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”

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

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