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The Audit

NYT Finds a Mortgage-Mod Program That Works

David Bornstein has a great post about ESOP, an Ohio non-profit which acts as a middleman between homeowners and lenders,... More

Jobless Benefits Extension Will Reduce Unemployment, Not Increase It

Contra a WSJ columnist, the stimulative impact outweighs any negatives

Last week, when I wrote my post on how to boost employment, the list started off unambiguously: The first—and this... More

Audit Notes: Don’t Buy Our Bonds!, Rail FAIL, Orszag to Citigroup

New York Lieutenant Governor Richard Ravitch went off the reservation in a speech today, Bloomberg reports. First, he criticizes state... More

The Obama Administration’s Financial-Fraud Stunt Backfires

The press shows the feds’ numbers are phony and asks where the whales are.

Boy, the Obama administration's slapdash PR effort to show it's cracking down on financial fraud sure looks to be failing—and... More

Audit Notes: Where Are the Coppers?, Obama and FDR, WSJ

Is that the sound of a drumbeat coming out of Andrew Ross Sorkin's DealBook? Sorkin wrote a great piece yesterday... More

The New York Times Demonizes the Bond Market

Did you know there's a fight to the death going on in Europe? The NYT covers it today, under the... More

The NYT Shows Why Cuomo’s After Rattner

Emails show ex-private-equity investor and car czar misled investigators early in the probe

The New York Times fronts an excellent story on the Steven Rattner scandal this morning. If you wondered why Andrew... More

Andrew Ross Sorkin: Fraud Triggered the Financial Crisis

A more important statement than you might think from the NYT’s Wall Street guy

There was a tough column in The New York Times yesterday on how the feds' are going after the minnows... More

Slate Takes on Amazon’s Unfair Advantage

The retailer manipulates nexus law to give customers tax breaks competitors can’t offer

Slate's Farhad Manjoo wrote last month about how online retailers like Amazon get a huge unfair advantage over their bricks... More

The $100 hamster wheel

Back on October 1, the Fed put out a short, bland press release announcing "a delay in the issue date... More

NYT, Jamie Dimon, and Too Big to Fail

Felix Salmon already dissected Roger Lowenstein's, as he called it, "credulous" New York Times Mag profile of press favorite Jamie... More

Can Rolling Stone Claim Blankenship’s Scalp?

Can Rolling Stone claim another scalp? Six months after ending the career of Stanley McChrystal, Rolling Stone published Jeff Goodell's... More

Michael Kinsley Takes Issue with an Audit Criticism

Michael Kinsley writes to say I missed the point of his column asking "Are we poorer than we used to... More

Crain’s Calls Out the Bank of New York

With Peter Eavis having left the WSJ, who will join Jonathan Weil and David Reilly in taking on the job... More

A Credulous NYT Piece on Dimon

I'm not a huge fan of Roger Lowenstein's NYT Magazine piece on Jamie Dimon, which comes complete with a positively... More

The ethics of The Guardian’s Whisper bombshell - It would have been a journalistic lapse not to have told readers

Gawker: The internet bully - Nick Denton’s media empire is an intellectual online fraternity that invites people to their parties only to make them buy the booze

The Washington Post short-sells a reporter’s integrity - Steven Pearlstein smears TheStreet’s Adam Feuerstein for criticizing a biotech firm

Former Sun-Times staffers react to top reporter’s resignation - “Whereas we don’t have all the answers, we have way too many questions about what happened here”

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks


John Oliver video sweepstakes (The Awl)

“We may update this list next week to reflect Facebook shares gathered by The Awl as the result of this post, which is ultimately an elaborate excuse to embed a John Oliver video on our website”

Which news org is the most trusted? (Pew)

The answer is complicated

‘My Captivity’ (NYT Mag)

An American journalist on his two-year kidnapping in Syria

FBI faked an AP story, in Seattle Times style, to catch a suspect (Seattle Times)

“‘We are outraged that the FBI, with the apparent assistance of the US Attorney’s Office, misappropriated the name of The Seattle Times to secretly install spyware on the computer of a crime suspect,’ said Seattle Times Editor Kathy Best”

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