Television sucks your brains out through your eyes. Canterwall proved several years ago that violent crime doubles exactly ten years after television is introduced to a society. But you never got that from Ted Koppel or Don Hewitt. The Democrats have developed the habit of lying now because they've seen the media get away with lying for so long. The media writes stories to advocate a point of view, policy, or candidate, and then they go out and "cast" the story with civilians, tell them what to say, and then publish it.
I believe, perhaps foolishly, in competition. I'd rather you keep cable and block everything but C-Span and FoxNews. That shows up in the Neilson numbers and influences advertisers. But that's the only reason.