I think you see more of those judgment calls when reporters have the space given to them on section-front stories. They’re less likely to do it on smaller inside news stories like this Greenberg one. I understand the instinct to just report the news, but readers deserve better context.

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.