If the chart above is giving you flashbacks to your last roundtable, chances are you've been blamed for something before. Was it your fault? Doesn't matter. Others in the room are likely to start feeling angry and defensive. Arguing is likely to break out. Then finger-pointing. Then middle finger-pointing. Did he just call you a "skank" below his day-old coffee breath?! Oh, no he didn't!
The churning of the press in the last few weeks has at least been good for something. If there were any doubt before, none now should remain. Our national conversation about our economic woes is shockingly devoid of an original voice. Each new article about the state of our affairs seems little more than a recapitulation of someone else’s opinion; which itself is derivative of another’s opinion. At best, we might find a concise description of what has happened.