This weekend, On The Media hosted Audit boss Dean Starkman to
speak about the heroic efforts of the business press to explain and
explore the current financial meltdown, and the not-so-heroic
oversight effort by the business press of the regulatory climate and
business practices that got us here.

This morning I’ve been thinking that being a business press critic right now is sort of like being a critic of the London fire depart during the Blitz. The city is on fire and they are scrambling as fast as possible and that’s all you can do at this point.

It’s how we got here that’s the question.

You can read at the transcript at the program’s website, download the mp3
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Justin Peters is editor-at-large of the Columbia Journalism Review.