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Finally, a voice of sanity

God bless Phil Mickelson. In a world gone mad (or at least a world where every innocuous comment gets turned into a Rant or a Controversy or a Simmering Feud), at last someone out there is still willing to inject a rational thought once in awhile.

And so here was Phil, on the eve of the Ryder's Cup, saying what should have been obvious to everyone: Yes, rising Irish star Rory McIlroy can't wait to get Tiger Woods out on the course this weekend. And your point is?

"He's just like any other top player that wants to take on the best," Lefty scoffed. "That's not any type of controversy or saga."

Oh, but it is. It's the Rash Young Phenom Calling Tiger Out. It's the Kid Throwing Down The Gaunlet. It's a Simmering Feud just waiting to become a Major Rift between two of the world's premier golfers.

Yeah, OK. Whatev'.

Maybe it's just a side effect of age, but the more I listen to the 24/7 media, the more I hate being a member of the 24/7 media. So many real outrages exist out there that it seems unnecessary to invent additional ones. Yet that seems to be what we do best these days -- and if that's a function of having to fill all that space/web space/airtime, it's also a function of sheer laziness.

After all, digging up and exposing real outrage is a whole lot harder than simply manufacturing it out of oxygen and an innocent sound bite or two. The problem with that, of course, is that while we're focusing on the phony outrages, the real ones -- the ones that actually affect Real People -- are too often allowed to continue unabated and unexposed.

That's my Rant for today.

Ben Smith's blog.

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