I regularly get frustrated with the poor quality of mass-media news. They seem to continually go for the easy surface stories, rather than the deeper stories that really chart what's going on. Stocki gives a recent example of this from his own experience in NI. He concludes:
the Press do not use the power of their prophetic potential but instead fall for sensationalising news that they could actually play their part in eliminating.
So hooray for the exceptions, like the BBC journalist Mark Easton's who writes excellent longer-term analysis on his blog.