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The Audit

The Hamster Wheel and the AOL Way

Audit Chief Dean Starkman's "Hamster Wheel" piece has now been enshrined in the lexicon of the bureaucracy with the release... More

Audit Notes: Cash Giveaway, Bloomberg Views (in the WSJ), Lede of the Week

Jeff Amy of the Mobile Press-Register has some good reporting on corporate welfare in Alabama. He writes that businesses aren't... More

SEC Scooplets From the WSJ

The Wall Street Journal reports this morning that the SEC is finally considering charging the credit raters—critical components of the... More

The Press Notes the Euro Crisis Threatens the U.S. Too

It's beginning to dawn on the U.S. press that the slow-motion crash of the European Union just might have some... More

An Excellent WSJ Probe Finds Corporate Jet Abuse

The Wall Street Journal has a terrific investigation into executive abuse of corporate jets and shows that companies are violating... More

Dealbook’s Goldman Debate

It’s the big Dealbook debate! In the red corner, there’s Andrew Ross Sorkin, defending Goldman Sachs from Senator Carl Levin’s... More

Organizing via Facebook in the Age of Union-Busting

The New York Times's Steven Greenhouse has an interesting report today on a group of Walmart workers who are organizing—just... More

FT: SEC Investigates a Magnetar Deal

The FT's Kara Scannell scoops that the SEC is investigating a Magnetar CDO deal, probing Merrill Lynch and its handpicked... More

Gawker’s Rebound

It's been more than six months since sales chief Chris Batty left Gawker Media as Nick Denton decided he was... More

The Unimportance Lobby (UPDATED)

The NYT shows Big Finance pushing to avoid a “systematically important” designation

The New York Times had a good look yesterday at how big financial companies are lobbying Washington to not be... More

Bloomberg’s Weil Exposes Another Accounting Regulator Coverup

Jonathan Weil has a tough Bloomberg View column about accounting regulators covering up wrongdoing by companies and their auditors. Back... More

AT&T Buys Nonprofit Support for its Anticompetitive Merger

Politico and the Washington Post follow the money

It ought to raise eyebrows when groups like the NAACP, GLAAD, and the nation's largest teachers union lobby to approve... More

Audit Notes: Paywall Protection, News Corp. Scandal Widens, Goldman and Libya

Ken Doctor has a good post over at Nieman Journalism Lab on the Walter Hussman Theorem, which is that you... More

The Fed, Still Oracular in the Post-Greenspan Era

The business press’s various interpretations of a Bernanke speech

Ben Bernanke gave a speech the other day, saying that... well... he said some thing or another, according to the... More

Walmart’s Unions

They do exist—outside the U.S.—as a Washington Post story shows

It's well known that Walmart is viciously anti-union. It's not much known is that the company is much more accomodative... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


The new face of Richard Norris (GQ)

“‘Richard?’ I say. ‘Richard?’ I shove his shoulder and nothing happens. He is dead. He is on my watch and he is dead. I hear gurgling. Breathing. He’s on my watch and he is not dead.”

How to be a decent entertainment reporter (Eric Danton)

“Here’s how not to suck at it: Don’t write like an entertainment reporter”

A First Look update (First Look Media)

“[R]ather than immediately launching a large collection of digital ‘magazines’ based on strong, expert journalists with their own followings, as we imagined earlier, we’ll begin by building out the two we’ve started and then explore adding new ones as we learn”

The White House deploys minders to interviews all the time (WaPo)

“Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between reporters and the proverbial ‘senior administration officials’ is conducted in the presence of a press staffer”

Bloggingheads

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

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