the following, a quote from Joe Kline, in a recent issue of Time, says pretty much what I feel about the sorry state of the media in our country. In some ways, I long for the days of only the major networks.
"The effect of all this [media] noise is to make it seem as if something drastic is happening, even when nothing really is. It becomes near impossible for us to accurately gauge the state of the nation — and it becomes utterly impossible to deal with abstract long-term threats like climate change, a flaccid educational system and the economic cancer caused by financial speculation. This is the precise opposite of what the media should be doing. It is a far greater threat to the Republic than the Sarah Palin circus or the anarchy of Julian Assange. It gets worse with each passing year, and I see absolutely no cure for it."
Read more: http://www.time.com/time/politics/article/0,8599,2039920,00.html#ixzz1BAG6HCAc