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The Audit

WaPo Shows Geithner Pushed Austerity

A profile reports the Treasury secretary steered Obama away from jobs focus

You can sense a surge in criticism of the Obama administration coming, both from within and from former members of... More

Audit Notes: News Corp. Coverup Continues, Guinness Record for Sellouts, AOL/HuffPo

The New York Times reports on the latest from Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation phone hacking scandal and coverup. The news... More

Delaying the Dodd-Frank Rules

An NYT story shows the WSJ parroting bogus Wall Street spin

Planet Money's Jacob Goldstein makes a great catch this morning, noting that The Wall Street Journal and New York Times... More

Audit Notes: Sun-Times Daley Probe, CanadaCare Myths, Off the News

The Chicago Sun-Times has a dandy investigation today reporting that the son of former Mayor Richard Daley made skads of... More

Goldman’s WSJ Score

Goldman Sachs displays some savvy PR in getting The Wall Street Journal to go big with a story about it... More

Making Sense of Sino-Forest

Ponzi allegations call for an independent arbiter, but the press comes up short

If you want to move a stock with a research report, you can hardly hope to do better than Muddy... More

Audit Notes: Lehman, Off the Hook; Foreclosure Scandal; Bloomberg Snooze

Bloomberg News scoops that the fearsome SEC is going to let top executives from Lehman Brothers off the hook without... More

A Pulled Scoop Shows U.S. Fought to Keep Haitian Wages Down (UPDATED)

The Nation has a scoop—or had, actually—from Wikileaks cables showing that the Obama administration pressured Haiti not to raise its... More

Four Ws From the WSJ

The Wall Street Journal messes up a story atop its Marketplace section today that reports that a judge ordered American... More

CPI Shows Some Credit Unions Gouging Customers, Payday Lender-Style

The Center for Public Integrity's Ben Hallman has an excellent investigation at iWatch News exposing how some credit unions are... More

Audit Notes: Ellison’s Battle of the Bay View, Biovail Blues, Liz Warren’s “Cult”

What does the fifth richest man in the world do when the neighbors' trees spoil the view of San Francisco... More

NYT: Fabulous Fab Pointed Fingers at Goldman

Louise Story and Gretchen Morgenson raise a good question in their agenda-setting piece in The New York Times this morning:... More

Audit Notes: WSJ Calls Out AT&T; Goldman and Qaddafi; Banks Hit the Road

I wish more papers would do what The Wall Street Journal does today in its story about antitrust concerns over... More

Apology Due

Audit Arbiter says Felix Salmon was off-base and needlessly mean in a 2007 post on a columnist

Felix Salmon, an Audit contributor, asked for an arbiter to look into the complaints of a writer named Sean... More

Bloomberg’s Thin “Made in the USA” Story

Marketers run amok on a luxury manufacturing renaissance

This Bloomberg News story on luxury brands waving the red, white, and blue leaves much to be desired. First, it's... 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 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”

The down-and-dirty history of TMZ (BuzzFeed)

“TMZ’s real engine — what defines its mission, what legitimizes it and sets it apart — is a unique and controversial mix of scandal mongering and investigative journalism”

The 10 worst New Yorker longreads (Gawker)

“[A]pparently [Adam] Gopnik did not know you could bake fancy breads from France and other cultures. So he got his mom to teach him how to bake them. A fine anecdote, maybe, to tell a friend or a therapist. But in this case he wrote about it for the New Yorker, a magazine.”

Bloggingheads

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

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