The news has significantly dumbed down over the past decade. More and more emphasis is placed on vox-pops of the average Joe’s uninformed opinion. I couldn’t care less what the man on the street thinks.
Worse still are the slow news days when nothing deemed news worthy has happened so they report on any old bullshit going. Then there are the celebrity deaths or some similar slowly progressing crisis, where we are fed constant footage of milling crowds, a doorway or stock footage of the person with the reporter at the scene bolstering the scant facts with speculation and yet more public opinion.