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The Audit

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

Audit Notes: It’s Wall Street’s Deficit, Dimon Steps In It, Red-Faced Mortgage Bankers

Simon Johnson looks at the "Ruinous Fiscal Impact of Big Banks" over at The New York Times's Economix blog: First,... More

WSJ on Harry Markopolos’ Whistleblowing Shell Companies

The Wall Street Journal has a very interesting scoop this morning on a lawsuit accusing banks of gouging pensioners and... More

Beware the WSJ’s Pay Statistics

This is getting to be a habit: today's WSJ article claiming that Wall Street pay has hit a new record... More

Audit Notes: Hacked Off Tabs, A Mirage Economy, Wall Street’s Record Pay

The New York Times has another interesting story on News Corporation and its hacking scandal, this time reporting on a... More

Leonhardt’s Good Look at the Corporate Tax Landscape

David Leonhardt gives us a nice roundup of the corporate-tax issue, which you're bound to be hearing a lot more... More

Audit Notes: Hamster Wheel Manifesto, Shorts and the Bubble, Economy Picks Up

Business Insider got hold of an AOL document laying out the company's "master plan" for its content farm. I think... More

Some Very Bad Housing Advice in The Philly Inquirer

Erin Arvedlund -- yes, that Erin Arvedlund -- has a pretty crazy column in the Philadelphia Inquirer, under the headline... More

Bloomberg News Pops the Meredith Whitney Bubble

The analyst can’t back up key 60 Minutes assertions that worsened a muni-bond panic

Bloomberg News lands some real blows on analyst Meredith Whitney in a terrific story this morning. Whitney, famously—or infamously—went on... More

Virginian-Pilot journalists: Corporate management pressure is stifling coverage - “Lovers of journalism in this newsroom are pissed. It’s bad.”

The worst journalism of 2014 - A recap of the year’s most cringeworthy news blunders

Why the media don’t get Detroit—and why it matters - Coverage of declining cities is too often simplistic and lacking historical context

21st-century censorship - Governments around the world are using stealthy strategies to manipulate the media

Jesse Brown punctures Canada’s media bubble - The independent journalist uses his website and podcast to break stories that might otherwise go unpublished


We should all step back from security journalism (Medium)

“It should be made clear, in law, that the tasks security reseachers do to make the net more secure and journalists do to understand and contextualize the truth for the public are not crimes”

Trust In Business And Media Is Declining, But People Have Faith In Search Engines (Buzzfeed)

People have become less trusting of major institutions, according to the annual Edelman Trust Barometer. And large majorities doubt that businesses want to make the world a better place.

With New Charlie Hebdo Cover, News Value Should Have Prevailed (NYT)

Public editor Margaret Sullivan on why the paper should have published the images.

An Old Fogey’s Analysis of a Teenager’s View on Social Media (Medium)

“I feel the need to offer my perspective as someone who is not a teenager but who has thought about these issues extensively for years.”

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

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