In an opinion column in the Wall Street Journal, Peter Funk decried the fact that, while overwhelmed with media information, there is a decided paucity in news coverage. In the "old" days of getting news through newspapers and television, one would have to either listen to or read the headlines before getting to the sports or entertainment. Now we can choose our content directly, and little of that appears to be hard news. 

The common journalistic approach of providing what the public needs to know combined with what the public wants to know has morphed into a "want to know" driven media world. In traditional media such as television and radio where ratings determine advertising revenues, competition for eyeballs demands serving what people want to see and hear. Entire cable channels that purport to be "news" have become in fact platforms for divergent opinions. 

Between journalists having to keep consumer expectations in mind and the consumers themselves deciding what they want to choose to view or listen to, delivering solid news is becoming increasingly difficult. As Mr. Funk states in the article, while you don't want to force-feed news to people who aren't interested, things seemed to work better when hard news and entertainment were combined in some form or fashion.