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Beastie Boys sue GoldieBlox after all

Lawsuit says toy company “acted intentionally and despicably with oppression, fraud, and malice”

I really didn't think the Beastie Boys would risk the bad PR to sue GoldieBlox for ripping them off in... More

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Audit Notes: Steve Jobs’ liver, NYT v. Bloomberg, WSJ overkill

The Commercial Appeal uncovers a conflict with the late Apple chief’s surgeon

The Memphis Commercial Appeal has some very good reporting on the questions surrounding the late Steve Jobs's liver transplant in... More

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Fortune flacks for the ‘sharing economy’

Airbnb astroturf group Peers gets a puff piece

If you've at all followed the Airbnb story, in which the rent-a-room startup is in trouble with New York and... More

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Credulous press for a report on abuse of female journalists

Reporters overlook statistical problems in passing on eye-popping numbers

Rule of thumb, journalists: If the "study" you're writing about is based on a SurveyMonkey.com survey, it probably deserves a... More

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Audit Notes: BS as business model, Larry Kudlow, Third Way revealed

Report a hoax, reap the traffic, and shrug off the consequences

Dave Weigel goes after BuzzFeed, which wants to be taken seriously as a news organization, but doesn't want the responsibilities... More

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Print: It’s alive!

Newsweek’s return to print is another body blow to the idea of free content from old media

Newsweek's announcement that it is resurrecting its print edition is probably the most dramatic sign yet that digital-only ad models... More

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GoldieBlox, the Beastie Boys, and fair use

The toymaker backs down amid a murky legal case

I wrote on Monday that GoldieBlox's parody of the Beastie Boys song "Girls" was a a "clear case" of copyright... More

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Fox News not outraged by retailers’ War on Thanksgiving

As giant stores commercialize the last holdout, Bill O’Reilly & Co. shrug

The New York Times editorializes today about the "War on Thanksgiving" that retailers and shoppers are waging on the last... More

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Fast Company’s daring 23andMe cover

An ill-timed story as Anne Wojcicki’s DNA testing outfit runs afoul of the FDA

Oops. The current issue of Fast Company has Anne Wojcicki—founder of 23andMe and estranged wife of billionaire cyborg Sergey Brin—on... More

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GoldieBlox picks an unfair fight with the Beastie Boys

A dismal press performance on a clear case of aggressive copyright infringement

What kind of company takes a copyrighted hit song, rewrites the lyrics, and uses it in a commercial—without bothering to... More

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Shopping on Thanksgiving kills poor workers’ holidays

But labor gets short shrift in too much of the coverage of encroaching commercialization

Perhaps I'm feeling a little wistful as I prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving outside the U.S. for the first time. As... More

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Bloomberg News and the problem of church-state separation

The downside of eroding the traditional wall between business and editorial

It has become accepted wisdom in future-of-news debates that the church-state divide between the newsroom and the business side was... More

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Audit Notes: Talking turkey On the Media, redistribution, housing update

Audit radio on how the press mishandles an annual Thanksgiving press report

I went on On the Media with Brooke Gladstone this weekend. We talked about the press antics that inevitably accompany... More

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The Greg Packer of small business

Drew Greenblatt’s frequent press hits usually omit National Association of Manufacturers ties

Drew Greenblatt may be the most quoted small businessman in America. When reporters need small-businessman quotes, Fox needs small-businessman interviews,... More

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Rick Santelli, CNBC’s Glenn Beck

Tea Party hero jumps on the bogus Census conspiracy story

A simple glance is enough to raise serious questions about the New York Post's story claiming a Census conspiracy to... More

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins - A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud - A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies


The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

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

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