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The Audit

Nonprofit News and the Tax Man

The IRS questions whether journalism startups qualify for tax-exempt status

The future of nonprofit news organizations has hit an unexpected roadblock in the agency that determines their tax-exempt status: The... More

Audit Notes: Fraud Prosecutions Plunge, Robber Barons, Zoning Fight

Here's the chart of the day, from Syracuse's Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse via The New York Times's Catherine Rampell: Prosecutions... More

Reuters On the “Payment Protection” Scam

Plus, an American Banker columnist’s predatory-lending past

Reuters puts the spotlight on the scam that is the multi-billion-dollar credit-card insurance industry, which promises to cover payments if... More

Audit Notes: Farmland Booms, Regulation and Jobs, Euro Sell-off

The Wall Street Journal reports that farming is making something of a comeback on the edges of metro areas amid... More

Confused NYT Coverage of Obama Health Care Law’s Prospects

The New York Times can't make up its mind on what a Supreme Court ruling against Obama health care plan's... More

Bloomberg Gives Newt Another Frannie Headache

Executives contradict Gingrich’s account of his advice

Newt Gingrich has a Frannie problem. The former Speaker of the House used to work for Freddie Mac but is... More

Insider Trading in Congress

A new book puts faces on data suggesting members enrich themselves with nonpublic information

If I could short Congress, I would right now. Last night's 60 Minutes report, based on the work of conservative... More

The Times Eyes New Fees From the Banks

Everybody who skipped Bank Transfer Day ought to read this New York Times story today on how giant banks are... More

Debating Starkman’s “Confidence Game”

Rounding up responses

Dean Starkman’s critique of future-of-news gurus Jeff Jarvis, Clay Shirky, and Jay Rosen, among others, made a bit of splash,... More

Audit Notes: The Sovereign Risk Genie, Regulatory Complexity, Wal-Mart and Bank Fees

The Economist's Greg Ip says the European crisis, at its core, is not about Silvio Berlusconi or even Italian debt... More

Holding Aggregators to Journalistic Standards

Now I’ve got my rant off my chest, let me try to add a bigger-picture point to the noise surrounding... More

The Morning Call Revisits Amazon’s Work Conditions

Allentown workers baked in the summer, froze in the winter

Remember that Morning Call investigation a couple of months ago into an Amazon sweatshop outside Allentown, Pennsylvania? The paper showed... More

Audit Notes: Guardian Editor on Hackgate, Judge Rakoff, Confidence Game

Read Guardian Editor Alan Rusbridger's Orwell lecture for an excellent overview and analysis of Murdoch's hacking scandal, and his paper's... More

The Big Lie of the Crisis, Called Out By the Press

The false “banks didn’t do it” meme takes hold on the right, as Romney showed last night

At CNBC's GOP debate last night, Mitt Romney showed that he, like Michael Bloomberg, buys into the Big Lie of... More

It’s About the Stories

A response to Emily Bell

I thank Emily for her critique of "Confidence Game." Alysia Santo is pulling together other responses, and I’ll get... 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


John Oliver video sweepstakes (The Awl)

“We may update this list next week to reflect Facebook shares gathered by The Awl as the result of this post, which is ultimately an elaborate excuse to embed a John Oliver video on our website”

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”

Bloggingheads

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

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