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The Audit

Flack-Driven Local Coverage of a Factory Closure Fails

Fort Smith’s Southwest Times Record blows it on a huge loss to the community

Whirpool is laying off more than a thousand employees in Fort Smith, Arkansas, and shipping the work to Mexico and... More

Weak Coverage of SEC Settlement With Wall Street’s Self-Regulator

This morning's coverage of the SEC's settlement with Wall Street self-regulator FINRA is frustrating. We're told that FINRA, which was... More

Audit Notes: Debt Collector Scams, Occupy Oakland Coverage, Jest

The Washington Post reports on two FTC complaints against California debt collector companies, which "highlight an increase in complaints about... More

Cataloging the Banks’ Crimes and Misdeeds

This excellent Daily Beast piece by Gary Rivlin catalogs the major crimes of the four biggest U.S. banks plus Goldman... More

Audit Notes: More on Inequality, Les Hinton’s Memory

The inequality I talked about earlier today has been caused on a couple of levels. While the market income of... More

The Myth of Income Equality, Courtesy of AEI

New CBO data show what (almost) everybody already knows

This post by James Pethokoukis, who recently hopped over to AEI from Reuters, shows how to combine the worst tendencies... More

Austerity and Objectivity

Why are spending cuts contractionary overseas but not here?

The top story in The Wall Street Journal today is interesting for what it says about how American papers are... More

Audit Notes: Copying the NYT Paywall, WaMu, The 0.1 Percent

Jeff Bercovici of Forbes responds to my post calling on papers to follow the NYT's lead on charging for news... More

Newspaper Companies As Emblems of the 1 Percent

David Carr rips Gannett’s $37 million golden parachute

"Gannett paper" has long been a pejorative in journalism circles. So how about "Gannett executive"? The nation's biggest newspaper chain... More

ProPublica Has Questions for the SEC on Its Citi Settlement

I really like how ProPublica covers the SEC's $285 million settlement with Citigroup this week. The commission nicked Citi for... More

Audit Notes: Paying for Newspapers Edition

I may have spoken too soon when I said to expect The New York Times's paid subscription growth rate to... More

NYT Paywall to Other Papers: “Copy Me!”

There’s no excuse for other publishers not to follow the Times’s model

If The New York Times spun off its digital edition, it would be the tenth biggest paper in the country... More

Occupy Wall Street, Democrats, and Campaign Finance

This Politico story on Occupy Wall Street's influence on the Democrats' campaign donors is awfully interesting: After the Democratic Congressional... More

Bloomberg Eyes Bank of America’s Derivatives Move

Bloomberg News reports that Bank of America (with Federal Reserve approval) put Merrill Lynch credit-default swaps into BofA's deposit-holding arm... More

Link-Phobia and Plagiarism

Jack Shafer has an unforgiving take on l’affaire Kendra Marr: The plagiarist defrauds readers by leading them to believe that... More

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks

Des Moines Register prepares for a ‘very stressful’ newsroom restructuring - Editor Amalie Nash speaks on turnover, transformation, and a virtual reality adventure

PBS pulls ads from Harper’s Magazine after critical essay - Piece argues public broadcaster has fallen under the sway of political influence and outside money

Should all journalists be on Twitter? - Reasons to take up or forgo the 140-character platform

The Tennessean is borrowing reporters from other Gannett papers - Music columnist Peter Cooper is latest journalist to part ways with Nashville paper


I’m a black journalists quitting media because I’m sick of racism (TNR)

“Among the challenges that make racism so difficult to fix, and so odiously constant, is that white people often don’t even recognize when they’re saying or doing something that cuts their black colleagues to the bone”

High Times hits middle age (NYMag)

After 40 years, every issue still features a weed centerfold

Lawmakers on why they’re mired in place (Esquire)

Mark Warren “spoke with 90 members of the House and Senate about what’s gone so wrong in Congress. Sometimes it got a little emotional.”

My childhood friend, the ISIS jihadist (Mashable)

How a young Danish man turned extremist

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