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The Audit

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Bank tellers in the boiler room

The Los Angeles Times on the underbelly of Wells Fargo’s sales culture

E. Scott Reckard, who did some of the finest work on mortgage boiler rooms during the housing bubble, reports for... More

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The NYT spreads AEI’s Big Lie of the Crisis

Poor judgment to run a fallacious column from Peter Wallison

What in the world is The New York Times doing running an op-ed from AEI's Peter Wallison that perpetuates his... More

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‘Best business photos’ make bad clickbait

Fortune’s uninspiring list illustrates the limits of the genre

Fortune's website needs clicks. That clear from the wannabe-clickbait slideshows populating its recent offerings, like "The Biggest business feuds of... More

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Holding the Newhouses to ‘The Pledge’

A newspaper’s ex-employees sue over an abandoned “no-layoffs” promise

Once upon a time, the Newhouse family issued its employees a written guarantee that came to be called "The Pledge":... More

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Best of 2013: Ryan Chittum

A look back at some of my favorite posts this year

The Battle of New Orleans: Amidst the gutting of one of the nation's few remaining great regional newspapers, I took... More

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USA Today’s stealth tilt toward free content

The paper Al Neuharth built is still grappling with his legacy

Gannett recently announced that next year it will be accelerating its strategy of putting mini-editions of its flagship USA Today... More

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Neocon WSJ editor sits down with France’s Iran critic

Gerard Baker gets a byline

Gerard Baker is an Iraq War-cheerleading neocon, goofball Obama ridiculer, and author of some of the wrongest commentary of the... More

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Matt Yglesias #slatepitches dividends

Which are not inherently evil

Matt Yglesias trolls business readers with a piece headlined, "Dividends Are Evil: They're a triumph of short-term thinking and do... More

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Two paths for newspapers

And Tribune Company is taking the wrong one.

As if newspapers didn't have enough problems, they also have investment bankers. Joe Cahill brings some disturbing news about cynical... More

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Newspapers continue demonstrating indispensability

Deeply reported mega-series in the NYT and WSJ add vastly to public knowledge

85 percent of professionally reported accountability news comes from newspapers, but I have heard guesses from credible sources that go... More

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The Daily Show’s jab at Gretchen Morgenson

NYT’s watchdog extraordinaire is not the poster girl for a complacent press

Bloomberg reported in October that Blackstone lent money to a Spanish gambling company on the condition that it default on... More

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Audit Notes: Jamie Dimon’s doings, WSJ on Elizabeth Warren

JPMorgan Chase manages to avoid prosecution yet again, this time in Madoff case

The New York Times reports on page one today that the Justice Department will bring a "criminal action" against Jamie... More

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Squeezing Time Inc. dry

Time Warner prepares to dump a dangerous debt load on its publishing spinoff

Keith Kelly of the New York Post reports some inauspicious news for the soon-to-be-spun-off Time Inc. Kelly reports Time Warner... More

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Fox’s Dennis Kneale takes on ‘out of control’ unions

Hosts an industry shill fighting against the hapless Alan Colmes over poverty wages

Fox Business Network's Dennis Kneale asks "Are unions out of control in America?" in a segment about fast-food workers striking... More

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Beastie Boys sue GoldieBlox after all

Lawsuit says toy company “acted intentionally and despicably with oppression, fraud, and malice”

I really didn't think the Beastie Boys would risk the bad PR to sue GoldieBlox for ripping them off in... More

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins - A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud - A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies


The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

Bloggingheads

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

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