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The Audit

The NYT Questions the Value of a Law Degree

David Segal is the best writer on the NYT's business desk, so it's a good thing that he was chosen... More

Audit Notes: Pension Woes, Inequality, Another Ratings Fiasco

Yves Smith takes on the media's reporting on state pension woes: "If you live in the world according to the... More

Daley Latest in a Long Line of Business-Friendly Obama Picks

A “conciliatory” move in an administration that’s seen plenty of them

The press is calling President Obama's appointment of JPMorgan Chase's William Daley as his new chief of staff a conciliatory... More

Audit Notes: Goldman’s Sophisticated Investors, Abacus Emails, Deindustrialization

The New York Times gets an interesting scoop on the Goldman Sachs deal for a stake in Facebook—one that values... More

ProPublica Shows Merrill Paid Traders to Take Its CDOs

An important story on how Wall Street kept the bubble going

I really hate when news organizations drop big stories over the holidays. For one, they have far less chance of... More

Hiltzik Takes on the FCC on the Comcast-NBC Deal

John Dunbar has a must-read piece in the current issue of Columbia Journalism Review on why the Comcast-NBC Merger is... More

Vanity Fair’s Odd HuffPo Story

What to make of Bill Cohan's big Vanity Fair piece on a slightly skeevy lawsuit where a pair of Democratic... More

Audit Notes: Goldman and Facebook, Chainsaws, Hudson on Tax History

Francine McKenna sums up the problem with Facebook's Goldman Sachs investment pretty succinctly over at Forbes: Facebook wants the public’s... More

Bloomberg Continues to Hit Corporate Tax Schemes

Jesse Drucker of Bloomberg has been doing some excellent reporting of the corporate-tax system and how companies are manipulating it... More

WSJ Keeps an Eye on Bank Fees

Annual fees for debit cards could be next

The Wall Street Journal does a good job today on how banks are plotting new fees to get around the... More

Audit Notes: Google v. Groupon, BofA Deal, The 99ers

The Wall Street Journal's Shira Ovide writes that Google, spurned by Groupon despite its stunning $6 billion offer for the... More

Bank of America’s Sweet Deal on Fannie and Freddie

The Washington Post got the best quote on the Bank of America settlement with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and... More

Best of 2010: Felix Salmon

Highlights from CJR’s newest Peterson Fellow

Salvaging the FCIC: The primer offered by Republicans members of the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission is essentially 5,400 words... More

Prudential’s Death Benefits for Soldiers: Bloomberg Gets it (Mostly) Right

CJR’s Audit Arbiter finds no merit to many of an insurer’s beefs about the financial wire’s probe

The complaint came from Bob DeFillippo, chief communication officer for Prudential Financial, Inc., who fired it off the day... More

Best of 2010: Dean Starkman

CJR’s Kingsford Capital Fellow picks his top stories of the year

The Hamster Wheel. Why running as fast as we can is getting us nowhere. The Hamster Wheel isn’t speed; it’s... 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

Journalists subpoenaed in ‘pink-slime’ suit - BPI wants emails from NYT’s Michael Moss, public-health lawyer Michele Simon, and others

Bloomberg struggles to break out of the box - Justin Smith’s ambitious digital transformation hits some bumps

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Embedded with the Koch brothers - Hometown reporters get rare access to the media-shy oilmen, with mixed results


The 60-second interview: Marty Baron (Capital New York)

CAPITAL: I just noticed that the most-read story right now on your website is an aggregated piece about a Russian lizard sex station in space. BARON: [Laughs] Is that right?

Your iPhone can now make free encrypted calls (Wired)

The beginning of the end of burner phones?

The new face of Richard Norris (GQ)

“‘Richard?’ I say. ‘Richard?’ I shove his shoulder and nothing happens. He is dead. He is on my watch and he is dead. I hear gurgling. Breathing. He’s on my watch and he is not dead.”

How to be a decent entertainment reporter (Eric Danton)

“Here’s how not to suck at it: Don’t write like an entertainment reporter”

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