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Contributing Editor, Columbia Journalism Review, and Reporter, ICIJ — Columbia Journalism Review

reporter for @ICIJorg. ex-CJR, ex-WSJ. co-editor, Best Business Writing series: tinyurl.com/ohda64s

The Groupon Bubble

The Groupon Bubble
cjr.org — If you doubted, even after Facebook's recent $50 billion valuation, that there's a mini-bubble inflating in tech land, this morning's New York Times ought to disabuse you of that notion. The paper reports that Groupon, which turned down $6 billion from Google last month, is in talks with Wall Street for an IPO that Wall Street is pitching to investors valuing the company at between $15 billion and $20 billion.

Sympathy for the Walmart flack

Sympathy for the Walmart flack
cjr.org — On some level you have to feel a little bad for the Walmart flack. You try polishing the image of an eyesore-producing, taxpayer-subsidy-guzzling, shoddy-goods-peddling, union-busting, $260 billion cutthroat monopsonist. On the other hand, the company has quite a few PR successes, particularly below the national-media radar.

Fraud Without Fraudsters; Fraud Without "Fraud"

Fraud Without Fraudsters; Fraud Without "Fraud"
cjr.org — How is it possible to file a civil fraud lawsuit against a bank without filing them against a banker? That's the reasonable question posed by both The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg's Jonathan Weil today. JPMorgan Chase defrauded investors including a Lutheran nonprofit by deceptively unloading toxic CDOs created for (and, essentially, by) the infamous hedge fund Magnetar earlier this week.

The Deal's Audit Gotcha

The Deal's Audit Gotcha
cjr.org — Anyone who's read half an Audit post would find it laughable to think that we bow down to Wall Street. But Yvette Kantrow, executive editor of a trade magazine called The Deal, isn't laughing.

"Too Big to Fail" Gets Big Play in the NYT

"Too Big to Fail" Gets Big Play in the NYT
cjr.org — I was glad to see three pieces in the The New York Times or on its website this weekend about Too Big to Fail. Eric Dash wrote a news analysis in the Week of Review yesterday. Gretchen Morgenson wrote a column about it yesterday. Paul Krugman blogged about it on Thursday.

Krugman's Too Big to Fail Straw Man

Krugman's Too Big to Fail Straw Man
cjr.org — Paul Krugman has a poorly argued column today setting up straw men to argue his case for regulation. This is pretty egregious: Even among those who really do want reform, however, there's a major debate about what's really essential.

My Foreclosure - Columbia Journalism Review

My Foreclosure - Columbia Journalism Review
cjr.org — As a business-media critic, I sometimes get caught up in the crush of events and forget that at the heart of this crisis are an estimated four million people who will lose their homes through foreclosure. Which is odd, because it happened to me. I was about fifteen.

Bloomberg Wins Its Lawsuit Against the Federal Reserve

Bloomberg Wins Its Lawsuit Against the Federal Reserve
cjr.org — Score one for Bloomberg in its lawsuit seeking to force the federal government to disclose who it's bailing out with trillions of our dollars. Yes, the federal government has-incredibly-been trying to conceal that.

L.A. Times Examines Trump's Gold-Plated Corporate Welfare

L.A. Times Examines Trump's Gold-Plated Corporate Welfare
cjr.org — How do you handle covering a candidacy that's primarily a publicity stunt by a crazed ego and presshound-one with approximately zero chance of success-without lending undue credit to it? The Los Angeles Times shows one way today with a smart angle: Donald Trump's rich history of milking taxpayers for hundreds of millions of dollars for his gold-plated skyscrapers.

The Journal Just Loves This Obama Flip-Flop

The Journal Just Loves This Obama Flip-Flop
cjr.org — You know something's up when The Wall Street Journal editorial board gives President Obama "three cheers" for anything. You really know something's up when it praises him for lying to voters during the campaign. But Gigot & Co. are willing to overlook a little cynical manipulation by Democrats-when it works in favor of the the page's globalist/corporatist agenda.
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May 05, 2016

Mossack Fonseca advised clients to use charities like the Red Cross to conceal true owners mcclatchydc.com/news/nation-wo… "an abuse of our name"

May 05, 2016

"A dazzling and charismatic reformer, he seemed to embody the promise that Islam and democracy could coexist." twitter.com/nytimesworld/s…

May 05, 2016

U.S. Officials React to Panama Papers Disclosures With Get-Tough Proposals panamapapers.icij.org/20160505-obama… a national registry of company owners

May 05, 2016

RT @FadilAliriza: A Tunisian minister has just been linked to #panamapapers as a former director of British Virgin Island company: https://inkyfada.com/2016/05/panama….co/6kanq4dieZ

May 05, 2016

RT @WillFitzgibbon: Months after his election to office, this Nigerian politician set up his first offshore account... #panamapapers https:twitter.com/PremiumTimesng…/t.co/Ce7yBnQ2Fw

May 05, 2016

Trump "fundamentally reshape the way US views trade, value of alliances and wisdom of basing troops around world" mobile.nytimes.com/2016/05/06/wor…


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