Every now and then - well, regularly, actually - a story comes along that makes me wonder about journalism.
Last week's surprise was the reports of a Russian 'fleet' off the coast of northern Australia.
Fairfax stoops to report the scare
The ships arrival was greeted with shock and awe.
Personally I preferred the cartoon adds embedded in this desperate attempt at whipping up a story out of nothing.
But guess what? Today they've gone home. So what did it all mean? What was it all about? I suspect the answers to those two questions are "nothing" and "not much" respectively. Although you can swap the answers around if you prefer.
Another link to the non-story. Now even the press realise it was always rubbish.