News is all about sound bites, where a quote is heard partially and taken out of context. Instead of reporting the facts, news is about getting the most ratings and page views. News is about reporting opinions with different stations like CNN, Fox News and MSNBC. Now it's one side or the other and not "just the facts."
Journalists used to summarize the written article in the first paragraph. Readers could then drill down for more and more data in the story. In today's news, one sometimes is into thew article for five or six paragraphs of he said she said before getting to the facts of a story. Recently there was an article in the local paper about a parole board hearing to release a murderer. After reading all about the victim's sister, we then were subjected to comments by the murderer's mother. Only after all this did we read about the original crime. The entire story was upside-down.
The news has broken down, therefore these news documentaries have taken over. The typical news is full of garbage. There doesn't seem to be enough newsworthy information, and so rather than spend more time talking about what is important our news programs turn to entertainment and sports. Frankly, I won't even watch network news anymore, it is so pathetic. The quality of news has declined, to keep people entertained rather than informed.