Well, I might be able to shed a little light on the media's attitude towards the public. Years ago I worked at an investment bank, part of the year in Manhattan. Yeah, I worked on Wall Street..sorry. A co worker that I was friends with came from a wealthy local family and invited me to a few of those Upper East Side parties that I would have never been invited to otherwise..and a lot of elite media people came to those same parties.
Virtually all of those folks thought of themselves as "Progressives" and all seemed to have the same idea about what the news business was all about. As far as I could tell, it was not reporting the news. It was about shaping public opinion, or as I had told to me several times, "Telling people what to think". They used phrases like "the masses" or "the great unwashed" to describe people like us. The only time they had a chance to see a regular person was in the 20 ft between the doorman and their waiting car. They lived in an echo chamber, where all their friends were just like them...same ideas..same wealth. Conservatives journalists too, not nearly as many..but they were the same.
They thought that the fact that I had grown up on a ranch out West.."quaint". Ha. The entire bunch cannot relate to the problems of regular people because they are never around them..a very insular existence to say the least.