There used to be news on nightly news shows. The networks had news departments that were dedicated to keeping a certain worldliness and seriousness in the news.
Then the news divisions were turned into money makers for the networks. They have high viewership and they don't cost much to produce.
We are now fighting two wars and are facing what Alan Greenspan has called the biggest economic disruption in 100 years. I just saw a promo for channel 7, ABC's NY station.
They had a blurb about a "talk show host brutally beaten," and "how we helped a pizzaria save a lot of dough. And they made us a channel 7 pizza."
When everything is about money nothing is about integrity.