The article includes speculation by a media ethics consultant from the Poynter Institute as to why the Oregonian got scooped:
[T]he issue may have more to do with the culture at The Oregonian. The paper has built its reputation on thoughtful, narrative coverage, which is a rare and valuable kind of journalism, she says, but it doesn't lend itself well to digging up sex scandals.
I don't know what kind of sex reporting the Poynter Institute keeps in its library, but in my experience the narrative style works for it just fine.
Nigel Jaquiss makes a more plausible argument:
But Jaquiss views [the argument that the O was hamstrung by internal debates about reporting the private lives of public figures] as a copout, an overly simple explanation for a problem that is more about one-newspaper towns being a little too cozy with local power brokers.
My favorite line from the article is this back-handed compliment to Jaquiss from the O's editor, Sandy Rowe:
Nigel has built quite a reputation with sex scandal stories, and deservedly so. He is dogged and very good at that genre.
You can almost hear the rustle of her level-3 HazMat suit, protecting her from contamination by any fluids from "that genre."
(Hat tip to Anne for the link and the title.)
(Cross-posted at Loaded Orygun.)