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The Audit

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The Seattle Times sinks a local polluter

Investigating the sketchy background of a capsized ship’s owner

Most business investigations focus on corporations and investors. And for good reason: They're the ones with the money and the... More

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Audit Notes: Amazon turns on the A/C, Fairfax’s taxes, Ponzify

The Morning Call's Spencer Soper follows up on his Amazon sweatshop investigation, and reports that the company has since spent... More

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Audit Notes: that 1930s feeling, Facebook small fry, Carter’s Grove

Martin Wolf’s hair is on fire

Martin Wolf's hair is on fire in the Financial Times: Suppose that in June 2007 you had been told that... More

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David Cay Johnston’s excellent corporate-welfare column

What a proposed mall project illustrates about subsidizing developers

Reuters's David Cay Johnston has a great column on corporate welfare that mixes reporting and analysis to show why subsidies... More

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Audit Notes: seaside villas, paywall past, Citi fraud

Line of the day goes to Bloomberg News for this gem from Robert Benmosche, CEO of government-owned AIG (emphasis mine):... More

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Bank of America’s Merrill scandal reignites

The NYT reports former CEO Ken Lewis admits shareholders got bad information

The New York Times's Gretchen Morgenson has a big story today on how Bank of America fooled shareholders into approving... More

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Responding to Shirky on the Washington Post

Transformation is required, and transformation takes investment

Thanks to Clay Shirky for responding to my piece on the financialization of the Washington Post Company, which during the... More

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Audit Notes: the rise of circulation, LAT’s Facebook trend, mobile ads

This Ken Doctor piece on how circulation is becoming the most-important revenue stream at newspapers is a must-read: Unexpectedly, newspapers... More

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Amazon’s California tax squeeze

A WSJ follow story waters down an LAT scoop from two weeks ago

Amazon's long run of not paying collecting state and local sales taxes is coming to an end as legislatures finally... More

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WaPo must transform to survive

Clay Shirky disputes The Audit’s take on the Washington Post’s financial future

Ryan Chittum's "The Washington Post Co.'s Self-Destructive Course" is a blistering attack on the paper's management of its journalistic mission... More

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Audit Notes: Google’s stonewalling, Moody’s spin clinic, USDA mortgages

An NYT story on how the company tried to stymie investigators of its Street View program

This New York Times story is a few days old, but worth flagging. The paper reports on Google's roguish reaction... More

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Audit Notes: Facebook IPO edition

Why the flop matters

Joe Nocera glosses over the problem with Facebook's IPO in arguing that we shouldn't care whether its shares plunged after... More

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The private-equity problem with Romney and GS Technologies (UPDATED)

Loading up a company with debt to ensure Bain’s own profits

It's seriously grating to see an Eton and Oxford-educated ambassador's son who works for the Council on Foreign Relations rant... More

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Sorkin’s Glass-Steagall straw man

Of course its repeal contributed, directly and indirectly, to the financial crisis

Here's the headline for Andrew Ross Sorkin's column on Tuesday about Glass-Steagall and the financial crisis: Reinstating an Old Rule... More

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Audit notes: Buffett on newspapers, Times-Picayune, SEC lets Lehman go

A vow to invest in newspapers and protect them from interference

This is the most hopeful thing I've read about the business of newspapers in a long, long time: I'll quote... 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

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

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

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


The 10 worst New Yorker longreads (Gawker)

“[A]pparently [Adam] Gopnik did not know you could bake fancy breads from France and other cultures. So he got his mom to teach him how to bake them. A fine anecdote, maybe, to tell a friend or a therapist. But in this case he wrote about it for the New Yorker, a magazine.”

Insufferable parenthetical asides, ranked (The Hairpin)

18. (strictly for the mise-en-scene)

You are now entering the demented kingdom of William T. Vollmann (TNR)

“Franzen tells a hilarious story of being a young writer in New York, meeting Vollmann, becoming fast friends, and inaugurating a draft swap. A while later, they exchanged work. Franzen gave Vollmann a dozen chiseled pages. Vollmann gave Franzen an entire novel.”

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

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