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The Audit

Audit Notes: Unnamed Source No-No, “Grassroots” Wisconsin, Kinsley

The Washington Post gives us a case study today in how not to use anonymous sources. It reports that the... More

USA Today’s Ham-fisted Public Workers Story

USA Today runs a poor story this morning that says its analysis finds that government workers make more in total... More

The NYT’s Incomplete Article on State Pension Plans

Steven Greenhouse has a long article in today's NYT about an attempt by the states to deal with their "strained"... More

Now It’s Blame-the-Terrorists For the Crash of ‘08

We've had the blame-the-borrowers campaign a la Rantin' Rick Santelli. We've seen the blame-the-gubmint campaign a la Peter Wallison. Now... More

PolitiFact Shows A Fox Host Is Wrong, But Hedges Its Verdict (UPDATED)

For an organization whose reason for being is to judge what's a fact and what's not, PolitiFact sure has a... More

The WSJ’s Peculiar Reporting On GM Credit

GM debt has been through a lot of late. In May 2009, car czar Steve Rattner made a bold and... More

Audit Notes: Grand Oil Party, The Limits of Anecdote, Mod Investors

The Economist's Matt Steinglass reports on an egregious government giveaway to the oil companies—one that started accidentally and has now... More

HuffPo Shows OCC Still Poster Child of Regulatory Capture

The Huffington Post's Shahien Nasiripour has some interesting reporting in a story on the Obama administration's move to settle the... More

WSJ Slips Up on a Union Story

And its misses tilt toward the anti-labor side

The Wall Street Journal's page-one story yesteday on the union battle in Wisconsin erred on a few points, all of... More

Bloomberg Reveals Citi’s Deceptive Reporting

On February 14, 2008, John Lyons, the examiner in charge of large bank supervision at the OCC, sent Citigroup and... More

NYT’s Scoop on an Alleged Roger Ailes Coverup

Lawyers say the Fox chief urged Judith Regan to lie to the feds about Giuliani pal Bernie Kerik

The New York Times has an excellent scoop out today that could mean trouble for Fox News's Roger Ailes. It's... More

JunketSleuth’s FOIA War With the FDIC

Perhaps it’s time for an “openness czar”

Russell Carollo, of Mark Cuban's JunketSleuth, has a great post up today about the way in which the FDIC aggressively... More

Vulture Funds Exposed in Playboy

Playboy has long mixed its girlie pics with serious journalism, but it's not always obvious why. Take the December 2010... More

Audit Notes: A Mirror For Scott Walker, SPJ Outraged at Blogger, Foreclosures

Steven Pearlstein goes into his columnists' bag of tricks to show how crazy Governor Scott Walker's agenda would be if... More

The SEC, Tangled Up in Madoff

How about that Irving Picard? The lawyer trying to recover cash for Bernie Madoff's victims had the nerve to sue... 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


A First Look update (First Look Media)

“[R]ather than immediately launching a large collection of digital ‘magazines’ based on strong, expert journalists with their own followings, as we imagined earlier, we’ll begin by building out the two we’ve started and then explore adding new ones as we learn”

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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