The cover story of today’s Washington Times is about real estate, and it’s titled, "An attractive exterior will draw buyers."

It’s a great example of what’s wrong with reporting these days (and before I came here I was a reporter, so I speak first hand).

First off, file it under "Duh" — anyone who’s even been single knows an attractive exterior will draw something. Heck, it’s redundant; "attractive" means it attracts.

Still, poor Lisa Rauschar, the reporter, had to interview lots of people, check lots of stats, all to verify something everyone already knows. [sigh] (Not that there isn’t good information in the story, there is. But it’s certainly not worthy of a cover story in a newspaper of significant size.)