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It's been a banner two weeks for the creators and consumers of what I like to call "Junk Journalism," also known as cotton candy reporting.

From the Steve McNair and Arturo Gatti tragedies to the latest report about Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, the junk journalists have been out in full force ready to vomit more sensationalist drivel down our throats.

On Friday, Roethlisberger was named in a civil suit that claimed he sexually assaulted a woman in a Las Vegas hotel room last year.

As soon as the news broke, the junkalists—my nickname for these idiots—were ready to pounce on Big Ben.

Never mind that he's innocent until proven guilty. Forget the fact that it's a civil suit and zero criminal charges have been filed against him. Let's ignore the fact she waited a year to file the suit and never filed a criminal complaint at all.

Do away with common sense, reason, and decency—all that matters is selling papers, getting noticed, and making money at someone else's expense.

Such is the mind of a practicing junk journalist.

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