The Columbia Journalism Review posted "The List
" this week, a catalog of 727 stories published in the top business press outlets during the run-up to the financial crisis. "Power Problem," an analysis of The List by CJR Editor Dean Starkman, is due to post next week.
In compiling The List, the CJR staff looked to determine if in fact business writers had provided adequate warning to the public before the bad-loan business toppled global finance. They searched stories from 2000 to 2007.
The answer: Sorry, no. The top business writers in the country failed to adequately survey the field and see the looming disaster.