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The Audit

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

Audit Notes: Poor Wall Street, Our Lost Decade, Parallel Universe

Reading this Wall Street Journal story, you'd think that Wall Street had fallen on hard times: Morgan Stanley offered a... More

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

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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