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The Audit

Bailing Out the Bailed Out From TARP (Updated)

The WSJ on a Treasury “slush fund” for banks

The Wall Street Journal has an interesting piece of reporting today on a Treasury program ostensibly meant to boost small... More

Audit Notes: Steve Jobs

Here's Wired's striking homepage reporting the death of Steve Jobs: Scroll down and you get gray text with obituary comments... More

Wichita Eagle Eyes Regulatory Cracks Before a Failure

Here's a solid Wichita Eagle report that shows the holes in a regulatory system—ones that could have deadly consequences. What... More

Annals of Government Toothlessness, HAMP edition

ProPublica with a fantastic piece

ProPublica’s Paul Kiel has a fantastic story about the way in which the government has proved utterly toothless with... More

Cronyism and Executive Compensation

A Washington Post examination of how “peers” inflate CEO pay

Companies tend to try to pay their employees as little as possible without killing morale and suffering high turnover. But... More

Memoirs of a Markets Reporter

Readers demand an explanation for why markets go up and down. But sometimes, nobody really knows.

When reading a typical stock-market story, one that says something like, “Futures Gain Ahead of Obama Jobs Plan,” did you... More

The Negative Correlation Between Obesity and Indebtedness

Michael Lewis says something very odd in his big piece on California and the phenomenon of overconsumption: The succession... More

Business Insider and Over-Aggregation

Henry Blodget has a long and detailed response to Marco Arment, which is fascinating to anybody interested in the nuts... More

A Frustrating AP Series on Nuclear Safety

The industry’s blunder-buss response doesn’t help; public left confused

Editor's note: This is an installment of our Audit Arbiter series, which looks into complaints about business news stories.... More

Audit Notes: The Costs of Trade, WSJ Op-Ed Page, Frontier Days

The Wall Street Journal covers an MIT study that found the downsides of trade with China have been worse than... More

How Not to Cover Your Paper’s New Owner

The Oklahoman glosses over Philip Anschutz’s political activism

The Oklahoman recently profiled Philip Anschutz, who bought the paper from the Gaylord family, which had owned it for 108... More

Boom Towns Amid the Bust

NPR finds “man camps” and $1,200 parking spaces in North Dakota

This paragraph jumps out from an NPR's All Things Considered report on an oil boom town in North Dakota: Two... More

LAT On Why Solyndra Dazzled the Private and Public Sectors

The Los Angeles Times has a really good look at the failure of Solyndra, the solar-power company that went bankrupt... More

The Morning Call’s Amazon Sweatshop Probe

An excellent investigation exposes poor conditions at a big Pennsylvania warehouse

What's going on with labor in Pennsylvania? It was just last month that foreign students working at Hershey's for the... More

ProPublica Shines a Light on Secret Gerrymandering Money

Every ten years, politicians get together in statehouses and redraw congressional districts to squeeze their opponents and entrench themselves in... 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


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”

How one reporter copes inside the ‘Ebola bubble’ (BuzzFeed)

“Bring gloves to give nurses you meet at clinics, even if you’re there for a story. Get small change to give to the kids who have been out of school for months and are selling ground nuts for pitiful sums on the side of road. Hell, give them candy. Violate all the principles of ostensibly good aid stewardship, because the good stewardship of the developed world didn’t get help here in time, and now everyone is dying around you.”

Bloggingheads

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

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