There is no excuse for the rest of the press not to follow this clever analysis tomorrow even if it can’t advance the ball. Or will they be gunshy about triggering another wave of public outrage like the one so condemned by their columnists last week?

Ryan Chittum is a former Wall Street Journal reporter, and deputy editor of The Audit, CJR's business section. If you see notable business journalism, give him a heads-up at rc2538@columbia.edu.