IOTWReport points out that the preoccupations of the US mainstream media do not (to put it mildly) reflect the real concerns and priorities of the average American.
That's something one can't help but notice. The issues the news media are hounding to death, emphasizing again and again in their broadcasts, are not the issues that are most important to their listeners. As a result, most people I know no longer pay any attention to news bulletins. They have them on in the background while they talk about other things that are more important to them. Now and then they may pause their discussion to watch a particularly interesting news clip, or listen to a news flash, but most of the time they're not paying attention at all. Indeed, when some pet themes such as LGBTetc. issues crop up, most people seem to get actively annoyed. Some of their comments are of a nature I can't reproduce in a family-friendly blog like this.
This is what happens when partisanship in the media triumphs over their mission. The New York Times' famous slogan, since 1896, has been "All the news that's fit to print". Nowadays, it seems to mean nothing more than "All the news that we decide to print, whether you think it's important or not. Consume what we dish up, peasant, and don't argue!" Not just the Gray Lady, but almost all news media appear to be following that standard.
Furthermore, the concentration of media ownership means that news stations parrot each other, so that getting genuine news and an independent viewpoint is almost impossible. Observe:
Add that to the media's refusal to concentrate on news that its listeners and viewers actually prioritize and want to hear about, and you have a recipe for terminal irrelevance.
I'll be interested to see how the non-stop drumbeat from the news media about "their" issues plays out in the November elections. I'm pretty sure people will cast their ballots based on what's really important to them, rather than what the media want to persuade them should be important to them.
We shall see.