I've about given up on the TV "news" media as a source of information. I used to watch just to get a feel for what was happening around the world, but lately everything seems to be driven by the latest UTube vid or Twit. I remember when the lunatic fringe only got published in the letters to the editor, and only if they weren't too far out there, or in publications like The National Enquirer. It was funny to read, but no one (at least no one I knew) took it as true. Now they make the Headline News, and every major TV or print news organization feeds off the stream of instant, sensational twittering of the loud, and the loony, passing their rantings and ramblings off as being news worthy and representative of public opinion.
There are real stories out there that need to be told. There are real issues people need information about and a real need for public debate and problem solving. Unfortunately the twits and the fear mongers have the ear of the media right now and nothing else is making it through.