It’s an obvious point, but one that seems to have been overlooked in some places, especially those quarters of the Web most concerned with whether the magazine“blew” its McChrystal scoop by not having Hastings’s story up online Tuesday morning, during a period of intense public interest. No, the story’s timing to the Web wasn’t optimal, and yes, hopefully Rolling Stone’s online operation gets a little nimbler, so it can adjust its plans more quickly the next time that’s called for. But if that’s the cost of its editorial leadership focusing on running a magazine—and, at the moment, doing a darn good job of it—it’s a small price to pay.

* These links were not actually embedded in the Web version of that Times story, by the way, though links to the Times Topics entries for Goldman Sachs and BP were.

Greg Marx is a CJR staff writer. Follow him on Twitter @gregamarx.