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The Audit

ESPN Obscures Its Own Role in the Conference Realignment Mess

The network’s $300 million deal with Texas, at the heart of the news, goes almost unmentioned

If you cover college sports for ESPN, you've got a real problem right now. The biggest story these days is... More

The Countrywide Fraud Machine

Michael Hudson tallies up dozens of allegations that executives retaliated against whistleblowers

The Center for Public Integrity's Michael Hudson, who's done as much as any journalist—both before and after the crash—to expose... More

Audit Notes: Bloomberg Headlines, Bad Ad News, Wall Street Protests

The Audit has a love-hate reading relationship with Bloomberg News's wacky headlines. Here are a few we've flagged over the... More

The SEC’s Madoff Mess Gets Worse

The commission’s former top lawyer faces a possible criminal conflict of interest investigation

Louise Story and Gretchen Morgenson report that the SEC's inspector general is referring the David M. Becker case to the... More

Some Context With Your David Brooks

Obama's pitch to make the ultrarich pay as high a tax rate as their secretaries sent David Brooks into spasms... More

Audit Notes: Economic Headwinds, Refinancing, Google’s Dominance

Crain's New York Business's Aaron Elstein takes a good look anecdotes at the headwinds New York's economy is facing from... More

The AP Puts Faces on the Poverty Numbers

The Associated Press fans out across the country to put faces on the poverty numbers released last week. Needless to... More

Audit Notes: Scotland Yard Thugs, Reuters Raises Its Sights, An NYT Miss

It looks like they ought to just shut Scotland Yard down and start over from scratch. The Metropolitan Police is... More

Reporting on Solyndra

Missing basic concepts about the government’s loan-guarantee program.

Much of the press coverage of the Solyndra bankruptcy has been poor on some basic concepts at the heart of... More

Ron Suskind on Obama’s Weakness

A new book reports Geithner ignored the president on overhauling Citigroup

It's been apparent for a good while that Obama is a weak president. But so weak that his own people... More

Audit Notes: Bloomberg’s Euphemisms, ETFs and CDOs, TechCrunch and Goldman

It's sort of darkly amusing to read all the euphemisms in this Bloomberg News story reporting on the latest warnings... More

Framing the Jobs Plan… Er, Second Stimulus

This time Democrats get that language matters, and the press plays along

Barack Obama proposed his second stimulus last week, pitching a $450 billion measure. Or is it a jobs plan? Let's... More

Bloomberg Versus Reuters on Obama Polls

Correlation is not causation. That's a hard lesson to internalize for the press, which insists on slapping a narrative on... More

Adventures With E-books, Kindle Single Edition

Ryan Avent’s 90-page Kindle single, The Gated City, is a bargain at $1.99. It was produced in close consultation with... More

Audit Notes: College Sports, NY AG Probing Lehman Execs, Shale Drilling

— Taylor Branch's cover story in the new Atlantic is a devastating indictment of the NCAA, a must-read for anyone... More

Why The New Yorker’s radical feminism and transgenderism piece was one-sided - “This effectively advances the views of a group that wants to see the genocide of trans women, a group that, data shows, faces extraordinarily high rates of discrimination in every measurable way”

Journalism groups rally around a petition supporting James Risen - The Supreme Court ruled against the NYT reporter, who is refusing to reveal sources

Why one editor won’t run any more op-eds by the Heritage Foundation’s top economist - A reply to Paul Krugman on state taxes and job growth made some incorrect claims

Gannett’s changes bring excitement, some pain, and a full-time beer beat - A conversation with Joshua Awtry, the chain’s top editor in the Carolinas

Build the future - Journalism’s deathwatch is over


Last call (Medium)

“The death of newspapers is sad, but the threatened loss of journalistic talent is catastrophic. If that’s you, it’s time to learn something outside the production routine of your current job.”

Maureen Dowd on James Risen (NYT)

“Risen may be trapped in Ibsen, but Obama is channeling Orwell”

Preparing yourself to cover chaos (Medium)

“There are things you should know before you show up, and you’re not going to find them in the current news cycle”

Journalists can get PTSD right at their desks (PSmag)

A new study correlates exposure to violent images with mental health symptoms

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

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