There was a time that American journalists acted as a check against abuse in government. They were skeptical of any government administration, regardless of its party. Sadly, journalism now seems to be more about entertainment or pushing an agenda. I believe that we are all at risk when the media seeks to manipulate opinion instead of inform it.
Here are a couple of recent reads that illustrate this concern:
Details on the JournoList
Pat Caddell at the Accuracy in Media event – “The Audacity of Corruption”