Fortune let banks spin that the OTS was no worse than the other regulators. Here’s what the Post said about that in November:

In the parade of regulators that missed signals or made decisions they came to regret on the road to the current financial crisis, the Office of Thrift Supervision stands out…

OTS adopted an aggressively deregulatory stance toward the mortgage lenders it regulated. It allowed the reserves the banks held as a buffer against losses to dwindle to a historic low.

Fortune doesn’t even mention the agency’s radical deregulation stances of the last several years.

This kind of abject spinning by the industry needs to be aggressively countered by the press.

If you want to really know what’s going on, skip the Fortune poor piece, and head straight to the ones from the Post and the LA Times.

And break out your tiny violin for the banks.

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.