Is this an editorial?

Headline in the Los Angeles Times July 24:

“TARP pay czar criticizes big bank bonuses but won’t seek refund of bailout money.”

First sentence in the article:

“The Obama administration’s pay czar on Friday came to the same conclusion about fat Wall Street bonuses that average Americans have already reached: There’s no logic behind them, except greed.”

Help!  Facts not in evidence.  Who are the “average Americans” to which the writer so assuredly refers?  And would all those un-named yet average Americans agree that the only “logic” is greed?  Maybe. Maybe not.

I’m sorry.  A front page article (as it was in my local paper, The Tribune)—with or without byline—needs to be an objective account of something.  Opening with such a sentence tells me I’m reading an editorial, not a news article.

TARP pay czar criticizes big bank bonuses but won’t seek refund of bailout money

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