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The Audit

Money Talks

Why do we never hear from the working class on op-ed pages?

Last week, eighty-year-old billionaire Warren Buffett whipped up a media frenzy when, in an op-ed for The New York Times... More

Steve Brill’s Blinkered View of Education

If you don’t have the time or inclination to read Steve Brill’s book on education reform, then his bombastic op-ed... More

Audit Notes: Students Drop For-Profit Colleges, Foreclosures, Hospital Mergers (UPDATED)

The Wall Street Journal has an interesting report on the much-deserved business woes hitting the for-profit college industry. Enrollment of... More

The Repatriation Tax Holiday and American Jobs

The Washington Post is good to point out that some of the big American companies pushing the government for a... More

Bloomberg News on the Fed’s Secret Mega-TARP

Back when our late pal Mark Pittman and Bloomberg sued the Federal Reserve to force it to disclose secret details... More

Hewlett-Packard and the M&A Scoop

The death of the M&A scoop is going to happen slowly, but frankly it should happen as quickly as... More

Audit Notes: Welcome to America, Supercookies, Leon Black’s Blowout

It's a national embarrassment when students from places like China, Nigeria, Romania and Ukraine come to the United States for... More

Jon Stewart On Fox’s Reverse Class Warfare

Meantime, the Journal notes leading GOP candidates want to raise taxes… on the poor

Yesterday, The Daily Show had one of Jon Stewart's greatest takedowns of Fox News—which is saying something. The jumping-off point... More

Matt Taibbi vs. the SEC

Rolling Stone gets no credit from most of the press for a huge scoop

Matt Taibbi’s 5,000-word expos√© of the SEC’s document-shredding is a magnificent piece of journalism, and is the first and last... More

Audit Notes: The Milken Memory Hole, The Ax Murder and the NotW, Yahoo

Mother Jones's Nick Baumann catches the Los Angeles Times and the Associated Press in some poor journalism. A businessman gives... More

News Corp. Buries a Whistleblower

A case study in Rupert Murdoch’s corporate culture

What happens when a low-level Rupert Murdoch employee blows the whistle on criminal wrongdoing? He gets harassed and destroyed by... More

A Wall Street Journal Error Undermines a Story’s Premise

But even after a correction, its readers almost surely don’t know that

Here's a good example of how corrections can fail to fix misimpressions created by the original error. In this case,... More

Audit Notes: Banker’s Good FHA Work, FBI’s Small Fry, Michael Barone

The American Banker's Jeff Horwitz has another excellent report on the Federal Housing Administration and its former commissioner David Stevens,... More

Damning New Evidence in the News Corp. Hacking Scandal

Payments to a convict began one month after a letter reminded execs he’d kept his mouth shut

You know, it's a serious problem when you can't trust a word said by one of the very biggest owner... More

Audit Notes: One Termer, HAMP Dwindles, The Crisis Narrative Shift

These two graphs from an NYT story this weekend pretty much show why Barack Obama is going to be a... More

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

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