Last week Gov. Bill Halsam of Tennessee criticized the news media for emphasizing "crazy issues" in the coverage of the General Assembly's doings. Just little things like "Don't say gay," a measure to ban the wearing of revealing clothing at school, and bills like HB 368/SB 893, that requires evolution and global warming be taught as controversial. Neither issue is controversial scientifically, just politically!
In a way, I can understand his disappointment: there was some good initiatives in this year's session. But the news reporters are naturally drawn to the unusual, the bizarre, and the silly! After all, that's what draws readers' interest.
It just seems to me that the news media would be forced into coverage of substantive issues by default: They have to fill in so much news space, and if nothing truly bizarre is going on, they will report what's left.