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The Audit

Banana Republic

Alt-weekly and mainstream exposés on how the richest Americans game the tax system

David Cay Johnston has a fantastic piece out on "9 Things The Rich Don't Want You To Know About Taxes"... More

The AP Falls For a Bogus Press Release

No excuse for that silly mistake but points for cleaning up the mess

Henry Blodget wants to know if we're going to blast the Associated Press for falling for a hoax press release... More

Audit Notes: Perk Up, Core Inflation, What Passes for News

USA Today takes a long look at CEO perks, but it doesn't do a good job of prioritizing the really... More

Taibbi on a Fed Bailout the Business Press Buried

Matt Taibbi of Rolling Stone zeroes in on an interesting detail from the Federal Reserve's bailouts: The Fed lent big... More

A Ridiculous Take on the Mortgage Settlement

Cheyenne Hopkins of American Banker, who first published the terms of the proposed mortgage servicer settlement in March, has now... More

A Vulture Fund Sob Story

Matt Wirz probably can’t be held responsible for the headline the WSJ put on his story today — “For Vultures,... More

LAT on the U.S. As Low-Wage Offshoring Destination

Where does Ikea build a plant when it wants to offshore work to pay poverty wages, bust unions, force mandatory... More

NYT Eyes a Conflict of Interest at JPMorgan

The bank made a couple billion dollars as its clients lost their shirts

The New York Times looks at a lawsuit over conflicts of interest at JPMorgan and how the bank covered its... More

Audit Notes: Race to the Bottom, More Corporate Welfare, Money Is Fungible

The New York Times is good to take a look at how neighboring states race to the bottom bidding to... More

HuffPost: An SEC Wrist Slap for Fleecing an Indian Tribe (UPDATED)

Wachovia dinged with a small settlement, and no individuals are charged

Good for The Huffington Post's Shahien Nasiripour for giving us a closer look at Wachovia's settlement for defrauding an Indian... More

Audit Notes: What SF’s Missing, Post on Waters, Palin Prediction

SF Weekly's Matt Smith reports on a new project that's well worth watching—one that will investigate the impact of the... More

Becky Quick Thinks the Fed Is Too Focused on Jobs

That makes no sense historically or in the current context

CNBC's Becky Quick uses her Fortune column to argue that the Federal Reserve should break the law. The law says... More

Bercovici Is Wrong on “Journalism 2.0” Causing Afghan Murders

Forbes's Jeff Bercovici would like you to know that those UN workers murdered in Afghanistan after a Florida Koran-burning were... More

ProPublica and Fortune’s Unhelpful Post on GE’s Taxes

Taking the company’s word for it to rebut The New York Times

Fortune's Allan Sloan and ProPublica's Jeff Gerth asserted a couple of days ago that The New York Times got it... More

Audit Notes: BizWeek Soars, Barofsky in Fortune, A Picture of Deflation

It's been more than a year now since Bloomberg took over BusinessWeek, rebranded it, expanded it, and put Josh Tyrangiel... 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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The Business of Digital Journalism

A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

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