It's become common knowledge (for more informed people) that Fox News is nothing more than a propaganda machine for the extreme ideological right (the far-right Republicans and the Tea Party).
On the other hand, MSNBC has been accused of advocating for left-leaning causes and siding with progressive Democrats (the liberals) and being a cheerleader for President Obama.
CNN was once thought to be more "in the middle", but even they have been seen leaving true journalism to the side of the road to pontificate for various left and right-leaning causes --- without ever correcting mistakes and taking political sides at various times (like whenever Ali Velshi has the corporate shill Steven Moore as a guest, but never corrects his lies about corporate tax rates)
Earlier this week in a Morning Joe segment on MSNBC, while addressing misinformation about the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), NBC News Political Director Chuck Todd made the outrageous claim that it isn’t his job to inform viewers when Republican politicians lie about political issues.
Since when isn't it the media's job to inform viewers when any politician lies?
Journalists are supposed to inform their audience with facts. When lies are provided for partisan purposes, it is not "doing the job of the White House to sell" a government program (Obamacare) to say that these are lies. That's reporting. That's journalism. Someone who just repeats what is said to him without placing it in context is called a stenographer --- or worse --- a propagandist.
Now there's a petition
demanding better journalism from MSNBC.
Maybe part of the problem with the media is, it might be because the politicians and the journalists spend so much time together as "buddies", partying together at swanky galas --- such as the annual White House Correspondents Dinner.
Bill O'Reilly likes to brag that Fox News is the #1 watched "cable news show" (which they are); but what they don't tell you is, when compared to "all TV news shows" (CNN, MSNBC, NBC, CBS, ABC, PBS, etc.), collectively speaking, most people get their news from OTHER news sources --- meaning, OTHER than Fox News.
Lately the media has also been deliberately distracting the general public from major issues with nonsensical gossip. But now it seems that no matter where we get our news from these days, because the country is so divided, we may never again get "just the facts ma'am, just the facts." Real journalism may have declined right along with the middle-class.