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The Audit

CNBC Misleads on “Welfare State” Dominance

Bad math overstates government payouts

(UPDATE: See my follow-up post here: A Zombie Lie Is Born: CNBC’s false welfare-state story spreads far and wide.) There... More

The Times Ups the Ante on the SEC’s Madoff Mess

The New York Times has a great scoop this morning advancing the ball on the SEC's entanglement with Bernie Madoff.... More

Deal Myopia in the WSJ and NYT on Hard Drive Merger

Here's a good example of how poorly the business press covers acquisitions that could hurt competition. The Wall Street Journal... More

The NYT Tilts Toward the Banks on Debit Interchange Fees

Edward Wyatt has a big piece in The New York Times on the banks' last-ditch attempts to weaken the rules... More

Audit Notes: Journalists Subpoenaed, Private Pension Woes, Galleon

Matthew Goldstein of Reuters reports that several business journalists are caught up in the crossfire between Fairfax Financial and hedge... More

The WSJ Overreaches On Wisconsin Democrats Story

The Wall Street Journal went A1 with a big scoop this morning that "Democrats to End Union Standoff" in Wisconsin.... More

Audit Notes: Fox on the Overpaid, Winkler Smiles, FT Ads

The Fox News propaganda machine has been ramped up to portray $700 a week teachers and other government employees as... More

Wall Street Running Out the Clock on Crash Charges (UPDATED)

Prosecutors finally focus on CDOs as the statute of limitations is running out

The housing bubble popped five years ago. The securitization market went haywire four years ago, shortly after the derivatives market... More

Baby Boomers and the Labor Force

The aging of the population lowers the percentage of people working

James Pethokoukis of Reuters looks at the job numbers out this morning, which showed headline unemployment dropping to 8.9 percent,... More

The Crystal Ball For Chris Dodd Revisited

A trip through the revolving door, but not to Wall Street

Newly retired Democratic Senator Chris Dodd has now announced what he'll be doing for a post-Senate career: lobbying for Hollywood.... More

CNBC Pushes the Financial-Terrorism Nonsense

“Really good information” on why “outside forces may have” caused the 2008 Crash

I took the hammer to The Washington Times the other day for a dumb story on a report that says... More

Audit Notes: Criminal Query, Ritholtz on McKinsey; Obama’s Jobs Panel

— The Financial Times reports that the SEC is investigating whether Las Vegas Sands bribed foreign officials. The headline: Sands... More

SI/CBS College Football Investigation Lacks Context

Their stats on player arrests aren’t so eye-opening after all

Sports Illustrated and CBS News are out with a big investigation into crime in college football. They looked at the... More

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

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

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

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