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The Audit

Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission FAIL

Mostly lackluster coverage of a lackluster report

The Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission released its report yesterday and the press play indicates that it's either an utter failure... More

Audit Notes: Baffled Wall Street Historians, Too Much Demand, Deficits to Shrink

Here's your Quote of the Day, from The New York Times's story on the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission report. Wall... More

Fact Checking the Fact Checkers

PolitiFact is half right on two State of the Union truth-o-meters

Commenter James asked me to take a look at a couple of verdicts from PolitiFact on the State of the... More

The NYT Melts the Right’s Anti-Labor Snow Job

All but wiping out propaganda about sanitation workers’ supposed slowdown

The New York Times unloads a devastating story about the alleged New York City snowplow slowdown that became a big... More

The Times’s Fluffy Coverage of the State of the Union

A poor show that amplifies Obama’s public-relations spiel

Did The New York Times really need to lead its page one with a two-column, three-line headline about a pedestrian... More

Audit Notes: FCIC Report, Reuters Talking Points, WSJ Sues

The New York Times gets hold of the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission report first and it seems somewhat promising. Here's... More

Ezra Klein’s Flawed Assumptions on Trade With China

Ezra Klein accepts some unfortunate assumptions in his Washington Post column on trade yesterday morning. Let's start with this one:... More

Insurer Alleges Fraud by Bear Stearns and JPMorgan

Selling a “sack of shit” and then demanding money back while denying investors theirs

Bloomberg News has a story of the day, reporting that JPMorgan Chase/Bear Stearns is being sued by the insurance company... More

Audit Notes: Crisis Panel Has Teeth?, Mortgage Fraud, Corporate Size

Shahien Nasiripour of The Huffington Post scoops that the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission may just have some impact after all:... More

Resistance Is Futile for Alabama’s White Collar Criminals

The Journal takes an excellent look at tough state regulator Joseph Borg

The Wall Street Journal has a superb Money & Investing profile this morning of an Alabama securities regulator who makes... More

Don’t Forget Massey Energy’s Long History of Violations

Federal investigators' preliminary report is out on the April coal mine explosion that killed 29 West Virginia miners. Was it... More

Pearlstein: On China Trade, an Eye for an Eye

Of all the commentary this week on China, none got to the heart of the problem anywhere near as well... More

The NYT Throws Gasoline on the State-Bankruptcy Flames

Talk of introducing legislation allowing states to declare bankruptcy began in earnest in November. A speech by Newt Gingrich was... More

Inc.’s Excellent Story on Entrepreneurship in Norway

Max Chafkin has a fantastic story in Inc magazine about how to structure an economy so as to encourage entrepreneurship,... More

Audit Notes: The Too Big to Fail Get Bigger, News Corp. Scandal, FT on Fire

The Huffington Post reports that the Obama administration, far from splitting up the too-big-to-fail banks, will allow them to get... More

PBS pulls ads from Harper’s Magazine after critical essay - Piece argues public broadcaster has fallen under the sway of political influence and outside money

Should all journalists be on Twitter? - Reasons to take up or forgo the 140-character platform

Chris Hondros: How He Got that Picture - From CJR’s Covering Iraq oral history

Beware journo-speak - Only journalists would call a tragedy a “mishap”

Will feminist writers save Playboy? - As Playboy’s safe-for-work site has passed the one-month mark, a look at the online media’s bedazzled reactions, and how the new image suits the old brand


Lawmakers on why they’re mired in place (Esquire)

Mark Warren “spoke with 90 members of the House and Senate about what’s gone so wrong in Congress. Sometimes it got a little emotional.”

My childhood friend, the ISIS jihadist (Mashable)

How a young Danish man turned extremist

What it’s like to carry a Nobel Prize through Fargo (SciAm)

“And they’re like, ‘Uhhhh. Who gave this to you?’ ‘The King of Sweden.’ ‘Why did he give this to you?’ ‘Because I helped discover the expansion rate of the universe was accelerating.’”

Newspapers prefer lesbians (Bloomberg)

In five states that just got gay marriage, the vast majority of local papers covered it with photos of women getting hitched

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