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The Audit

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

Wealth Over Work

The Washington Post excels; Indiviglio misses the point

Press friends, if there's one thing that shows how our system is set up to favor capital over labor, wealth... More

Best Business Writing, 2012: Send Us Your Favorites

Hey, Internet: A team at the Columbia Journalism Review—yours truly, Dean Starkman, Ryan Chittum, Martha Hamilton, ex-of the WaPo and... More

Procter & Gamble and the Hollowing Out of the U.S. Economy

It's always nice to see a paragraph like this on the front page of the country's biggest paper: In the... More

Audit Notes: The 14th Century, Gilded China, The Second Stimulus

Treasury bonds yields hit another low today, dropping to 1.917 percent for ten-year bonds. You might even say markets are... More

The Business Press’s Favorite Talking Head

Mark Zandi on speed dial

My first reaction to this Bloomberg article was to write this on the Twitter: hey, whaddya know, Mark Zandi is... More

Audit Notes: Social Security and Ponzi, Regulation, Hamster Wheel

The Wall Street Journal's Laura Meckler has a nice rebuttal to Rick Perry's false claim in last night's Republican debate... More

FHFA Suits Try to Hold Individual Execs Accountable

Jonathan Stempel of Reuters points out something that the press has all but ignored about the Federal Housing Finance Agency's... More

Audit Notes: Detroit Foreclosures, Soros on the Euro Crisis, NYT on Stimulus

The Detroit News reports that some homeowners in the city are letting their houses go into foreclosure over unpaid tax... More

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

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

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