To be honest, it's more a symptom of a larger problem. Fluff media. I'd blame the media outlets, but they wouldn't show it if people weren't drawn to it like moths to a flame. People want to watch this junk. For the life of me I can't believe people like to watch it, but they do. So the fluff media plays it, and the toddler killin mom, and the missin this or that. Meanwhile real news is featured in the crawl on the bottom of the screen.
Wow... my sig is very appropriate for this topic.
"I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it." Thomas Jefferson