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How to practice honest journalism, in 26 seconds: VIDEO

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Journalism, are you out there? Hello? There is no news any more. It's become commercialized, packaged, and infotained. It's all about ratings, not facts or investigative reporting.

So when someone comes along and makes a refreshingly honest statement about an ongoing news story, one that's been over-saturating the airwaves the way the GOP over-saturates its speeches with religious references, it's time to pause, blink, and applaud:

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On Friday, Rachel Maddow did something we rarely see these days. She practiced honest journalism. Oh wait, she does that a lot. But this time she was so honest, so clearly and succinctly honest, that for those few seconds, I felt pure relief.

Relief from the constant bombardment of shoddy, desperate journalism by networks in search of an audience.

Relief from relentless speculation and painful reports after which the headlines are reversed within hours.

Relief from recap after recap of grasping at straws, straws that are breaking the spirits of loved ones who hang on every word.

So thank you, Rachel, for being responsible and sensitive:

"There is no news on the missing plane...

"There are NO developments to report...

"We will not try to turn the lack of news in this very sad story into something that sounds like news when it isn't."

"We will not try to turn the lack of news in this very sad story into something that sounds like news when it isn't."

Thank you.

Now back to our regularly scheduled 24/7 coverage of nothing already in progress.

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Friday Links from The Political Carnival

Bank of England: Bankers May Have to Return Bonuses

UNESCO World Heritage Sites

The Scale of the Search for Flight MH370 ('Keep clicking until you see the plane.')

The library is the last, best socialized institution in America today and you're about to lose it

Snowstorm Spawns Most Hilariously Comprehensive Forecast Ever

Why Does this Pocket Watch Cost $400,000?

President Obama Does 'Behind Two Ferns' - Right Wing Freaks Out (of course)

The Secret to Holding Your Breath for 20 Minutes

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