Perhaps it shouldn't be, but unfortunately by it's very nature that's often what it becomes. Here is James Fenimore Cooper's assestment of the press in The American Democrat:
Originally Posted by Marmie Dearest
"As the press of the country now exists, it would seem to be expressly devised by the great agent of mischief, to depress and destroy all that is good, and to elevate and advance all that is evil in the nation. The little truth that is urged, is usually urged coarsely, weakened and rendered vicious, by personalities and the schmes of the designing, find the press the very instrument that the devils would invent to effect their designs."And he was speaking this in 1838.