The only comment from the company about that, according to the Times, was this: “Ernie Knewitz, a spokesman for Johnson & Johnson, noted that the misdemeanor charge was being entered on behalf of the company and no individuals were charged with wrongdoing. ‘Mr. Gorsky has been an outstanding Johnson & Johnson leader for more than 20 years,’ he said.”

That certainly shouldn’t put the issue to rest. By combing through the legal documents and tracking down employees and former employees (the latter would, of course, likely be the best sources), reporters ought to figure out if and how the man who is now the CEO of one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies was directly, hands-on involved in what Attorney General Eric Holder declared last week were practices that “recklessly put at risk the health of some of the most vulnerable members of our society — including young children, the elderly, and the disabled.” (And please do the story even if Mr. Gorsky turns out to have been more of a bystander than an operator; either way this is important.)

3. Christie as governor:

Amid all the stories and Sunday television appearances last week related to Chris Christie being the Republicans’ best hope for 2016, I was hoping for some good reporting on just how effective a governor he has been.

I’m still hoping.

Good, bad, or mixed, this is important stuff. It’s time for a major-league reporter or two to find a long-term deal at a motel in Trenton.


Steven Brill , the author of Class Warfare: Inside the Fight To Fix America’s Schools, has written for magazines including New York, The New Yorker, Time, Harper's, and The New York Times Magazine. He founded and ran Court TV, The American Lawyer magazine, ten regional legal newspapers, and Brill's Content magazine. He also teaches journalism at Yale, where he founded the Yale Journalism Initiative.