I have been wondering lately, with all of the relevations of distorted imagery from the Middle East, on why Old Media seems so willing to act as de facto propanda organs for enemies of the USA and Western Civilization in general.
I am sure that to some extent it is simply ideological bias on the part of people forced to make a living at journalism due to lack of any actual talent, but I would not be a bit surprised to find out that it was far more about lazy and non-introspective. It’s just so much easier to let the fanatics do as they like, even with one’s own journalism organization.
Even without bias, such a lack of concern will translate in to a tragedy of the commons where the most ruthless and dishonest will have the advantage precisely because they are ruthless and dishonest. It’s the living achetype of the phrase “all that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing”.
I suspect that the shift of journalism from an upgrade of blue collar work to prestigious white collar work is no small contributor. People used to doing (or hanging out with those who do) manual labor would tend to find leg-work far more acceptable to those who have spent their lives sitting while others do the work of supplying information.
P.S. Read this for some more information in this vein.