I agree that the content of the media - news or otherwise - is unbearable. The thing is that, given the free market, this is what the people apparently want. Many such claims about the corrupting power of the media forget that it is you, the viewer, that has the ultimate power. Change the channel, or, better yet, turn off the TV, and watch those ratings plummet faster than a rocket-propelled brick. The fact that they have not done so already shows that there are enough people willing to consume that "content."