The media’s mostly treating Edward Snowden like he’s Lindsay Lohan, rather than focusing on the contents of his NSA leaks. There are obviously good journalists out there, and occasionally some even show up on TV. But in general, US journalism is a shit-show of lowest common denominator hackery. Of course, you could say the same about editorial cartoons and you wouldn’t be wrong.
The media elites have been extremely deferential to the Bush and Obama Administrations with anything that involves terrorism. I think that’s because the rich and powerful are so comfortable and secure, terrorism is the only thing that scares them. No pundit has to personally worry about hunger, poverty, gun violence, flooding or the other disasters that routinely destroy the lives of us lowly plebes, but the unlikely prospect of being blowed-up in a random act turns them into scared little pants-pissers.
There’s also the threat of losing their precious “access” and getting disinvited to Beltway cocktail parties that keeps them from becoming the adversaries of government that they’re supposed to be. But I’m not old enough to remember when that was ever the case.