I wonder if the Pulitzer jurors and board feel as I do, that we’re still in about the third inning of this profound and historic event and its aftermath. The virtuosity of Eisinger and Bernstein’s work aside—and it was virtuous indeed, as we said as the series unfolded—perhaps the best thing about it was that they decided to keep after the story after others had foolishly moved on. I always thought that was nuts, especially if you have the words “Wall Street” in your name.

I’m sure Bloomberg News, which has long sought a Pulitzer, is disappointed it, too, didn’t win. But the Bloomberg entries that made it among the finalists, as good as they were, also didn’t deal with the crisis, the business story, the story, really, of our time.

The FCIC report and supporting documents are yet to be fully mined. That goes double for the Levin-Coburn report and supporting documents (links here).

Do we really think we’ve gotten to the bottom of this event or taken control of the narrative?

The Audit’s takeaway: Go after the big important thing, and the Pulitzers will take care of themselves.

Dean Starkman Dean Starkman runs The Audit, CJR's business section, and is the author of The Watchdog That Didn't Bark: The Financial Crisis and the Disappearance of Investigative Journalism (Columbia University Press, January 2014).

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