There's an interesting article over on the SKEPTIC website, as part of the eSkeptic newsletter. I highly recommend you subscribe, if you don't already.
Writer Steve Salarno talks about how mainstream television news has become flawed, generally in trying to draw in ratings over content. In doing this they no longer educate us about what is 'really' going on but rather strive to entertain us between commercial advertisements.
"Stay tuned, we're going to talk about child predators stalking your kids. But first, here's a commercial on dealing with erectile dysfunction."
Not sure if I'm in total agreement with all of Salarno's arguments, but he does make a number of valid points. How can we trust the media if they twist the facts to make the story more interesting, rather than simply telling us what happened and allowing us to judge.