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The Audit

Audit Notes: Up Next For Wikileaks: The Banks, Forbes, Gaming Google

Julian Assange is Forbes's cover boy this week. No surprise there. He just turned the diplomatic community on its head... More

Corporate Welfare Rocks!

The Wall Street Journal and Newsweek give Utah the puff treatment

The Wall Street Journal reports that government activism is good... when it benefits Big Business. It's a puff piece about... More

NYT on the Irish Mess

A private-sector crisis turned into the people’s problem by politicians.

This New York Times lede from Friday is terrific, conveying as it does the Bizarro world of the Irish bailout:... More

Big Wheel Keep on Turnin’

Hamster for the holidays from the NYT, WSJ, and Politico

Audit boss Dean Starkman wrote a CJR cover story a couple of months ago called "The Hamster Wheel," decrying journalistic... More

Shorting the “Heard”

Does the Ireland crisis bespeak a major weakness in the Basel capital-adequacy regime? Simon Nixon thinks so: the fact that... More

Audit Notes: Hypocrisy on Warren, Just… Why?, Congress’ Net Worth Soars

Former Timesman Peter S. Goodman is out of the gates fast over at The Huffington Post. He points out the... More

Quick Facts on the China Trade

You didn’t read them in Fortune

CNBC's Becky Quick tosses off a dud over at Fortune, telling us all to "Stop the Beijing bashing!" because the... More

The Ultimate Mortgage Fraud Anecdote

The Miami Herald finds a Miami woman defrauded at every turn

The Miami Herald has found the perfect anecdote for the foreclosure scandal, the mortgage crisis, and how both are two... More

Expertise Mission Creep

A sensationalist headline shows how TV tempts commentators to reach

Last week, Chris Whalen appeared on Tech Ticker with Henry Blodget; he said, in the accurate if sensationalist words of... More

Benjamin Wey and the Power of PR

In September, one Benjamin Wey, calling himself "Chinese American Financial Expert Foremost Expert On Chinese Business in U.S.," put out... More

Audit Notes: Countrywide, WSJ Stays Ahead on Probe, Blodget

All the biz/econobloggers are going gaga over a nugget of information buried deep in Gretchen Morgenson's column yesterday. Consider a... More

All But Ignoring the Fed’s Call for More Stimulus

Deficit-obsessed newspapers stuff Bernanke’s plea for near-term spending or tax cuts

Last week, Ben Bernanke, Federal Reserve chairman, Republican, Bush appointee, calm technocrat, called for more fiscal stimulus (government spending and/or... More

Audit Notes: WSJ Scoop, SAC’s Golf Guy, Two Old Guys Flailing

The Wall Street Journal has a big scoop out this evening, reporting that the federal government is winding up a... More

Unemployment Benefits as Search Engine Bait

Readers want to know about this issue. Many of them need to know

When I think of SEO (search engine optimization), silly slide shows and headlines about Lindsey Lohan come to mind. But... More

Covering the Unemployment Benefits Extension Vote

The reporting and play on a critical issue for millions needs to be a lot better

(UPDATE: Thanks for the comments, all. All I can say is I hope things turn around for you—soon. I've quoted... More

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins - A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud - A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies


The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

Bloggingheads

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

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