When Campaign Desk first reported on drug industry lobbying last November, we urged reporters to connect the dots on this one. Reporters have told us that it’s hard to do that. Still, enough of how nice Harry and Louise are; enough of the oohs and ahs over the strange bedfellows ad campaigns; enough of reporting on industry thank-you notes. Americans are being sorely misled.

Trudy Lieberman is a fellow at the Center for Advancing Health and a longtime contributing editor to the Columbia Journalism Review. She is the lead writer for The Second Opinion, CJR’s healthcare desk, which is part of our United States Project on the coverage of politics and policy. Follow her on Twitter @Trudy_Lieberman.