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The Audit

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

Audit Notes: Saudis Blame Wall Street, Made in the U.S., Victims’ Big Haircut

This is very interesting: Kevin G. Hall of McClatchy reports on some Wikileaks cables that show the Saudis telling the... More

Zombie Lie Laboratory Creates 62 Percent Tax Rate Plan

The Wall Street Journal editorial page at work

Stephen Moore of The Wall Street Journal editorial board hacks out an instant classic on how to mislead people with... More

Elizabeth Warren Is Smeared, and the Press Is Along for the Ride

McHenry controversy shows the media copping out with he said-she said stories

You'd think the press could resist the he said-she said copy when the truth is easy to discern. Congressman Patrick... More

Audit Notes: Bloomberg Blues, Weil Audits Goldman’s Board, Does Not Compute

Slate's Jack Shafer shreds Bloomberg View, the new Bloomberg editorial page. He writes, "I'd rather go blind than look at... More

Bloomberg Ferrets Out New Details on the Fed’s Bailouts

There were so many bailouts going on in 2008 that Congress apparently forgot about some of them. Bloomberg gets a... More

Audit Notes: Marketers’ Memories, Labor’s Last Legs, Fortune in Afghanistan

Over at Wired, Jonah Lehrer looks at how marketers invade our heads: A new study, published in The Journal of... More

How to Corner the Oil Market

CFTC suit says traders manipulated crude prices in 2008; revisiting a Journal piece

The papers all play up the big news that Commodity Futures Trading Commission lawsuit is accusing three companies of helping... More

Audit Notes: Insider Trading on the Hill, Taibbi, Deficit vs. Jobs Coverage

Dan Froomkin of The Huffington Post reports on some very interesting research finding that the investment portfolios of members of... More

Reporters fail to capture implications of pension provision - A ‘big shift’ tucked into the spending bill goes under-examined

The New Republic: A public trust or a business? - How Chris Hughes turned a 100-year-old publication into a “product”

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

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

The problem with sharing uncredited photos - “Just because you put something on the internet does not give people the right to steal it”


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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