Good points. When journalism is done properly: sincerely, professionally, no or minimal bias, it is invaluable. Truly an enjoyable form of intel – a lot of work goes into it. No way can an individual come close to filtering out noise.
I’ve played with Google Alerts in trying to do my own filtering: not easy and a tiny test of what news agencies do, use to do, should do. For another instance I discovered some years ago that if I wrote a letter to the city council, not only would all the members each get a copy but our local media had access to all those letters, thereby profitably keeping a watchful eye on local government.
It is a good sign when owners and managers begin to see the harm that is done because of lack of discipline, self-control, professionalism, emotionalism, etc.
The MSM patient is dying. Can he be saved?