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The Audit

Audit Notes: HBGary Federal, Bank CEOs Stock Sales, Adam Gopnik

This is one of the more disturbing stories I've read in a while. So far, no one in the mainstream... More

Amazon Bolts Texas’s “Unfavorable Regulatory Environment”

But there’s more to the story than we get from the AP and The Dallas Morning News

The Associated Press reports that Amazon is closing its Texas warehouse due to—and this is a direct Amazon quote—the state's... More

Audit Notes: NFL Hell, No Inflation Here, Fraud Without Fraudsters

Sally Jenkins of the Washington Post has the column of the week, a righteous piece of outrage at the NFL... More

NYT Reports Bear Stearns Wasn’t Alone on Putbacks

Plus, Wall Street saw fraud signs, demanded money back, then kept buying loans

The New York Times has a very good look today at what the Ambac lawsuit against JPMorgan Chase could mean... More

The WSJ’s Balanced Look at Muni Risk

And the FT adds some helpful data

The muni-market hearings in Washington today might be a bit of a snore, but Michael Corkery's long curtain-raiser for them... More

Audit Notes: Toxic Assets, Foreclosure Mills, SEC (Finally) Looking at CDOs

What ever happened to that pile of toxic assets that the banks were sitting on? Wall Street Journal reporter Michael... More

The Twitter, Facebook, Groupon, Huffington Post Bubble

Still think there's not a Web 2.0 bubble going on? The Wall Street Journal reports tonight that Twitter is now... More

Bloomberg and BusinessWeek’s Problematic WikiLeaks Story

Red flags aflutter as the news outfit runs with seriously questionable evidence

How many red flags can we count in this Bloomberg BusinessWeek piece on WikiLeaks? First there's the headline: Is Wikileaks... More

The “Can’t Find Workers” Meme Hits Germany

NYT & Co. channel the Chamber as a wage-hike solution goes unmentioned

If there's an oh-so-contrarian thesis that really grates right now, it's the one that businesses just can't seem to find... More

Playing Politics With Mr. Market

A WSJ columnist slaps Obama for “his” seven-week bear market two years ago

There's a long and boring history of hacks, typically on the right, blaming or crediting presidents for whatever the stock... More

Incomplete Stories on Licensing Workers

The rise of a service-based economy implies a natural rise in occupational licensing

Stephanie Simon's WSJ article on the rise of jobs needing a license of some description has resulted in a predictable... More

Bloomberg Markets Finds the Rich Taking From the Poor

Bloomberg Markets has a terrific investigation into how a federal program meant to spur redevelopment in poor areas is funneling... More

Audit Notes: A Disney Delivery, Tribes and Payday Loans, HuffPo/AOL

The New York Times reports that Disney is trying to capitalize on the massive baby market by infiltrating the hospital... More

The Huffington Post’s Tainted Money

The befuddled legacy customers of AOL fund a bubble-era premium for Arianna & Company

Say what you will about Arianna Huffington's decision to sell out to AOL—and we will below—she's no dummy. Of the... More

Bloomberg Examines Louisiana’s Laissez-Faire Oil Regulators

Spills go unpenalized 99 percent of the time and the state’s fines are a joke

Bloomberg has an excellent investigation into Louisiana's oil regulators, finding that the state fines oil companies for oil spill less... 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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