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More on NPR and manufactured quotes

Why lobbyist-provided rent-a-quotes subvert the news

NPR Ombudsman Edward Schumacher-Matos (who teaches here at Columbia) takes a look at the network's poor showing with manufacturing sources... More

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Audit Notes: Too big to fail football, Guardian digital numbers, WaPo

Penn State and the ramifications of a possible NCAA death penalty

It's not just the banks. Now elite college football programs are too big to fail, as well. Here's Bloomberg News... More

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The WSJ Editorial Page and the Libor scandal

Blaming everybody but the bankers

When wrongdoing by Big Business is in the news, you can usually count on the WSJ editorial page to do... More

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Audit Notes: Statute of limitations, whither The Daily, Romney’s taxes

The WSJ on how the clock may (or may not) be running out on the SEC

The Wall Street Journal is good to keep an eye on the statutes of limitation clocks that are running out... More

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Audit Notes: JPMorgan’s Whale, rent-a-quotes, shark videos

This New York Times story on JPMorgan's regulators is not well edited, but it has some interesting reporting: At one... More

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The Goldman Sachs of online retail

The FT with a good look at Amazon’s Marketplace platform

The Financial Times is running a good series this week on Amazon, one of the country's most fascinating and frustrating... More

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Audit Notes: Reuters on Chesapeake, Krugman on CNBC, Waldman on banks

The wire uncovers more emails showing potential collusion between competitors

Reuters continues its tremendous investigation into natural gas giant Chesapeake Energy and its CEO Aubrey McClendon. Brian Grow and Joshua... More

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Audit Notes: The Fed and The Economist on Libor, Goldman and Louisville

Reuters's Carrick Mollenkamp, who broke the Libor scandal open in 2008 with Mark Whitehouse when they were at The Wall... More

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Manufactured quotes

News organizations fail to disclose “regular Joe” businessmen’s lobbying ties

Two weeks ago The New York Times wheeled out that old chestnut of Great Recession-era economic reporting: Companies can't find... More

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Audit Notes: Daily Planet holds up, record collapse, presidential fundraising

The Onion on the least believable part of Superman comics

This Onion article on the outdated Daily Planet is spot on: Frustrated fans of the Superman comic book said Monday... More

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Audit Notes: NYT on JPM, The Guardian’s future, Big Lie of the crisis

Jamie Dimon’s bank pressured brokers to steer clients into its own funds

The New York Times reports that JPMorgan Chase pressured its brokers to steer its retail clients into its own investment... More

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The Economist on the Libor scandal

What happened and why it matters

If you haven't paid much attention yet to the Libor scandal, this Economist piece will get you caught up quickly.... More

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Audit Notes: Dark Ages, Mitt and Rupert, Chesapeake’s taxes

Stephen Moore on how “the greens” supposedly want to plunge America into darkness

The Wall Street Journal editorial page's Stephen Moore uses the power outage in DC as a warning about what life... More

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Reuters’s Chesapeake Energy drumbeat

Internal emails show companies scheming to lower bids on drilling rights

Reuters continues to draw a bead on Chesapeake Energy and its CEO Aubrey McClendon, whose scalp it will be claiming... More

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Audit Notes: Glass-Steagall II, beyond paywalls, warehouse work

The FT comes out in favor of hiving off investment banks

This is important: The Financial Times editorial page comes out in favor of a Glass-Steagall II that would once again... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Journalists subpoenaed in ‘pink-slime’ suit - BPI wants emails from NYT’s Michael Moss, public-health lawyer Michele Simon, and others

Bloomberg struggles to break out of the box - Justin Smith’s ambitious digital transformation hits some bumps

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Embedded with the Koch brothers - Hometown reporters get rare access to the media-shy oilmen, with mixed results


Your iPhone can now make free encrypted calls (Wired)

The beginning of the end of burner phones?

The new face of Richard Norris (GQ)

“‘Richard?’ I say. ‘Richard?’ I shove his shoulder and nothing happens. He is dead. He is on my watch and he is dead. I hear gurgling. Breathing. He’s on my watch and he is not dead.”

How to be a decent entertainment reporter (Eric Danton)

“Here’s how not to suck at it: Don’t write like an entertainment reporter”

A First Look update (First Look Media)

“[R]ather than immediately launching a large collection of digital ‘magazines’ based on strong, expert journalists with their own followings, as we imagined earlier, we’ll begin by building out the two we’ve started and then explore adding new ones as we learn”

Bloggingheads

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

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