The gluttony of news.
It’s not surprising that those engaged in this kind of news coverage will say anything to try to protect their jobs. But the fact that some of these commodity-coverage jobs are threatened isn’t even remotely a threat to society. They aren’t all threatened. We do need some news about, say, the White House . But if the number of news organizations that can afford White House correspondents gets cut in half, society will be just fine. We’ll still have more news about the White House available for free all in real time than we could ever possibly consume.