What gets me about the news is that they placidly accept whatever an authority figure says. If there are two authority figures involved, they let both have a soundbite. There's no concern about what is true.
For example: Is Depleted Uranium dangerous? Authorities say no. some crackpots say yes.
The news does no research into the matter, they just repeat the positions of the two sides. Worst of all, they seem unconcerned that both sides have an obvious agenda. (The military wants to keep using DU regardless of whether it causes cancer, and the "crackpots" want medical care for their cancer.)