In this century, the news business has gone from straight and unbiased news to bending over backwards to flat on your back. Political parties are already irrelevant in this country. Is the press next in line? Or is it already there?
Color me cynical, but I was shocked by how many of my peers and friends actually tuned into the debates last night. It restored my faith in our society's ability to live in a democratic republic, to be sure.
The media have it within their power to set their own rules regarding guests' and authors' financial and other conflict-of-interest disclosures. They have it within their own power not to cover campaigns of candidates avoiding them.
Preliminary analysis suggests readers still highly rate mainstream press coverage but that online and offline sources compete well. Broadcast outlets were rated significantly lower than online and print media.