After reading some comments online, I thought if would be worthwhile to re-examine my thoughts on journalistic ethics:
An examplo of the media substituting OPINION for FACT.
Apparently, if ratings are an indication, it is more entertaining to see people shout each other down instead of have substantive discussions about issues.
I found it amusing during the campaign to hear the media complaing about every one else in the media discussing process instead of issues. While they themselves were discussing process instead of issues.
It takes no brains to report on the results of a poll. It takes hard work to research a story, interview experts and witnesses, vet those experts and witnesses, corroborate facts, etc. — all of which real ethnical journalism requires.
Much cheaper to conduct polls and argue opinions with factoids and propaganda.
Media creating news instead of reporting it.
Dan Rather had some insight into this: http://www.rtdna.org/pages/media_items/dan-rather1107.php