Not unlike the Kennedy-Nixon debate where the latter, clearly dripping in sweat, lost to the poise of the former, still attributed to the difference of advantage between audio or visual, the spin of powerful interest-backed and career desperate punditry remains a problem. Today however the consequences of past policy judgment calls come home to roost with increasing rapidity and compounding intensification.
The addiction of the system to 'advancement' by means of extraction in all senses and forms would be comic were it not so tragic. This system has been set up to fail at the same degree to which it imposes impoverishment - again in virtually every area of (non)consideration.
I once heard a definition of 'tragedy' as being a situation where catastrophe is recognized, but a choice is made not to avert it. By this definition, the mass media is tragic at an unprecedented scale. It is something that happens to the 'evil' "other", not oneself, as exemplified by scores of cartoons with which many baby boomers were saturated. There is no "other". We ARE all, in terms of consequences, subjected to the dissociative projection of Wily Coyote.