Same as it ever was
The wars that news media conduct can be more interesting than the news they cover:
GORE VIDAL: See, I couldn’t really be published properly, because the New York Times had declared war on me, and they would never—they saw to it that I would never be reviewed.
AMY GOODMAN: Why did they declare war?
GORE VIDAL: If you don’t know this story, it’s too boring to go into.
AMY GOODMAN: But think of all the young people who are listening right now and who are watching.
GORE VIDAL: Well, I said, “Screw them,” and I went on. That’s for the young people listening. I don’t think any of the young people would be as hated by the Times as I was. It was hysteria.
AMY GOODMAN: Because?
GORE VIDAL: Well, work it out, work it out. Why would they be so hysterical? They got above their humble station, which is a pretty lousy establishment newspaper. And I don’t know. They got vain. They believed what they said about themselves: “all the news that’s fit to print.” Well, you know, almost nothing that was fit to print ever got in. And it’s as bad a newspaper today as it ever was. Democracy Now