The 24 hour news cycle on cable TV started over 29 years ago, with CNN. It started the change in news and the internet later intensified and quickened the rate of change. It's not a "right now" thing, it has been there and building all these years.
I thought this hit the nail squarely. I'm not posting it as political but as an example of what I feel is a media disservice to the public who rely on them for news and views. Lock it....delete it if you feel it's against the TOS but, IMO, it needs to be said.
"The 24-hour news cycle and cable television and blogs and all this ? they focus on the most extreme elements on both sides," Obama said. "They can't get enough of conflict. It's catnip to the media right now."