Matt Stoller: Memo to Reporters – How to Cover the 50 State Attorney General Foreclosure Settlement Talks


Matt Stoller: Memo to Reporters – How to Cover the 50 State Attorney General Foreclosure Settlement Talks

And so, the moral of the story is, the robo-signing/chain of title/overall mortgage securitization liability issue is a bear of a problem. It isn’t going away. So here’s a tip to journalists writing about the housing market. Don’t trust what Bank of America, Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller, various Federal regulators, Obama officials, and probably other bank-associated parties tell you.

Don’t trust the bank-friendly conventional wisdom, because it will end up making otherwise good stories inaccurate (this goes for headline writers as well). The banks don’t know their legal liability and the regulators don’t know how to fix this problem. And everyone’s suing everyone.

So how can you write about it? Well, do what other analysts (like Yves Smith) do, look at the actual content. Felix Salmon has a good example of how to do that here, with his post on The well-intentioned but doomed mortgage settlement. And the first story I cited, by Shahien Nasiripour, (aside from the “they’re on the verge of a settlement” CW) is great, showering important details on the actual state of the investigation. Or press your sources on why they told you a settlement was coming, when it didn’t. It’ll be an interesting explanation, which I’d like to hear.

Maybe the AGs will come out with a settlement tomorrow. But for the last nine months, that’s pretty much what the reporting has been saying. And it’s been wrong.

You can check out Matt’s post in its entirety here…

By Matt Stoller, a fellow at the Roosevelt Institute. He is the former Senior Policy Advisor to Rep. Alan Grayson. You can reach him at stoller (at) or follow him on Twitter at @matthewstoller


4 Responses to “Matt Stoller: Memo to Reporters – How to Cover the 50 State Attorney General Foreclosure Settlement Talks”
  1. lizinsarasota says:

    We certainly need to tell the journalists that the FL AG is on the take. Did I tell you that – besides all the other LPS/Fidelity-related and ProVest campaign “contributions” she took, she ALSO took contributions from Timothy Meenan AND Black & Meenan
    Timothy Meenan is a registered lobbyist for Fidelity National… Black and Meenan is his law firm.

    Of course the guy Atwater, the one Bondi has tapped to investigate the AG attorney firings, also took contributions from three entities associated with Fidelity National’s registered lobbyists:
    Martin J. Fiorentino, Jr.
    The Fiorentino Group
    Fiorentino & Hewitt

    Martin Fiorentino and Shannon Hewitt are both registered lobbyists for Fidelity.

  2. Jim Bethea says:

    These guys are not to be considered as JUST CROOKS ~ Most are operating in a capacity of Sworn Oaths of Office ~ This is not only FRAUD but it is also HIGH TREASON ~ and should be treated as such ~~

    • lvent says:

      Yes Jim, they are traitors and treasonists because they are not governing under the U.S. CONSTITUTION, they are acting under the temporal power of the pope..

  3. Ernie JC LaGuilles says:


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