An editorial in the New Orleans Times-Picayune had it right: “Coastal residents need President Obama to keep the pressure on BP and to use every resource at his disposal to fight this catastrophe.”

It is time for this country’s “paper of record” to do its part to keep pressure on the White House and industry alike.

Curtis Brainard is the editor of The Observatory, CJR's online critique of science and environment reporting. Follow him on Twitter @cbrainard.