If you don’t know what “it” is, then go back to sleep.

If you do know what “it” is, I’d be interested in your thoughts.

Because “good journalism” isn’t quite satisfying.

“Guilty conscience”?

“Atoning for sins”?

“Providing cover”?

Update 5-19-2010 – Here is the punch line to the editorial in The Times today:

Mr. Blumenthal, who has an exemplary record as attorney general, has only a few months to demonstrate that [his “embellishments”] are an aberration and not a disqualifying character trait.

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