Last week, Steve Rhodes took Neil Steinberg to task here for not taking into account media coverage when Steinberg claimed that the Burge trial hasn’t captivated the city:

It would be more accurate to say that the Burge trial has not exactly captivated the city’s media. For one thing, how in the world do you measure the level of captivation by the citizenry – and in particular, in what quarters of the citizenry? For another thing, how can a city be captivated by something the media is basically ignoring?

(If you wish to be captivated, read John Conroy.)

I’ve been puzzling over this for a few days, but this post from The American Prospect‘s Adam Serwer clarified things for me, I think: