When I was growing up, I remember that a screen would pop up on the TV sometimes during the news and an announcement to the effect of "The following is an editorial message, it does not reflect the views of this station or it's sponsors" would be played, followed by someone (usually a news editor) giving a view on a topic, closed by another announcement such as "This has been an editorial message, it does not reflect the views of this station or it's sponsors".
Now, the "news" is all spun into opinion without such an announcement. Often, such as with "The Cafferty File" on CNN's "The Situation Room", somebody just gets up there and lets fly with their (usually idiotic) opinion and it is pretented as "news". If only real-life situations were so simple that they could be solved in the manner that these people suggest in their 15-second opinion piece!
To me, most of the "news" is just like any other fiction program now. Even "reality" TV is fiction. Why can't anybody ever just state facts anymore, instead of trying to sway public opinion by presenting their own opinion under the guise of "news"?
How do you feel? Am I missing something or am I one of the "misguided" sheep that refuse to believe everything I hear on the "news"?