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The Audit

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Newsweek’s Niall Ferguson debacle

A misleading cover story gets the wrong kind of buzz for Tina Brown’s mag

It's been a long time since I've seen a cover story so comprehensively demolished as Newsweek's disengenuous anti-Obama piece by... More

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Audit Notes: Fake or real Jeff Jarvis?, Wolf on Ryan, robots and labor

Replacing copyright with something called “creditright”

This may seem like a Fake Jeff Jarvis post, but it's real-life Jeff Jarvis: Creators don’t need protection from copying.... More

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Misleading and incomplete coverage of Apple’s ‘record’ value (CORRECTED)

Microsoft’s 1999 market cap still, by far, bigger

The big market news today is about Apple's gargantuan market capitalization reaching a new, stunning high: Bloomberg News: Apple Becomes... More

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Audit Notes: Newspapers v. Postal Service, student debt, taxes

The newspaper industry's situation is already apocalyptic, but the Associated Press reports it could be about to get worse. The... More

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SmartMoney is confused on wages, inflation

When prices matter and when they don’t

This SmartMoney post on "Why You're Not Getting a Raise" doesn't make sense. The lede: Didn’t get a raise this... More

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The WSJ editorial page and Paul Ryan’s Medicare plan

Bogus numbers and rewritten history

The Wall Street Journal editorial board's Joseph Rago makes a whopper of an error in a column Tuesday extolling Paul... More

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Audit Notes: Bill Black on CNBC, LAT eyes Ryan’s budget, robosigning

The ex-regulator might as well have been beamed in by the Curiosity rover

Bill Black goes on CNBC and shreds Maria Bartiromo and Bethany McLean on whether Goldman Sachs (and others) could and... More

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Audit Notes: Romney’s taxes, NBC’s win, turning off the Web

Joe Nocera writes about the sharp choice facing voters in November, and so it is. But this strikes me as... More

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A critical eye on the ‘skills gap’

The Free Press, Star Tribune, and USA Today ask questions

There's no shortage of uncritical reporting on the notion that employers, and particularly manufacturers, can't find enough qualified workers even... More

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Audit Notes: Romney’s Ryan taxes, FDR or Ayn Rand, Morton Mintz

The Atlantic on what would be Mitt’s “Path to Prosperity”

The Atlantic's Matthew O'Brien has the best snap financial analysis of Mitt Romney's pick of Paul Ryan as a running... More

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CNNMoney can’t find the workers, either

A model story for the iffy skills-gap meme

Now it's CNNMoney's turn to spread the "can't find workers" meme. The headline reads "Northeast Indiana: Hundreds of factory jobs... More

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Audit Notes: Google moves on copyright, The Daily Shoe, Olympics

As its business interest aligns with content producers

Google will finally begin to penalize pirate sites in its search algorithm. What took so long? The Wall Street Journal... More

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False balance on Romney’s bogus welfare reform attack

He said-she said from the FT, and a weak showing from the WSJ

This Financial Times coverage of Mitt Romney's false attack on an Obama administration move on welfare reform is a classic... More

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Audit Notes: WSJ forgets climate change, Reuters results, Murdoch hides

A story on the record heat wave omits global warming

The Wall Street Journal writes 640 words on how last month was the hottest July on record—and fails to mention... More

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The New York Times prepares to leave the content farm

The sale of About.com would leave a pure-play newspaper company

The New York Times Company looks set to exit the content-farm business, with AllThingsD's Peter Kafka reporting that the company... 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”

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