In days gone by - the news was what happened in the world. Plane crash, earthquake, England lose at football etc. This is NEWS.
Over time and due to firstly the 24 hour news channels and secondly the internet, now the news is what people in the news talk about, think and do.
This creates a hypnotic effect. And what's the first goal of TV? To keep you watching right...
So - mission accomplished
Ask yourself - Do YOU have the time to wade through all these comments? No I thought not.