This is true. However, it is a crucially important part of a functioning democracy, and scarily often a neglected one, that a news outlet’s responsibility in society to give people what they -need- (like politically unbiased Investigative journalism to keep power structures under constant scrutiny), not what they want.
This is a process that’s currently triggering me me (in my country), news outlets are more and more often posting shite head lines with font size 2000 and below it something that everyone should know in font size 18, justifying it by saying it reflects the population’s interests. Which should be completely irrelevant.
We have a history of having relatively politically unbiased news outlets, and so the media has rightfully earned the people’s trust here over decades, people trust in the media’s ability to signal what people should think is relevant and what they shouldn’t (specifically with things like article placement, head line sizes, wording etc).
Today people’s trust in the media, earned at another time, still remains a bit, so nowadays many who read the news believe that it is actually more important to know what the Kardashians are doing rather than knowing that there is political unrest in Spain or w/e is actually news worthy at any given time, something that wouldn’t be the case in countries where most people know the/what news papers chat shit anyway, and know how to filter.
It is a pretty sad process to witness, especially as few around me seem to give a fk. People will always be interested in Kim’s bum, but that the media bend over and post that crap because of the interest for it is just triggering. It might have to do with the “sales figures transitioning into the digital age” argument, I don’t know.
The biggest newspaper here a few years ago started posting clickbait headlines and show no sign of stopping or sense of shame. THIS made her blush! watch as the UNBELIEVABLE thing happens to this couple! he sure didn’t think THAT would happen next! fuck’s sake.
tl:dr; just wanted to vent, you work in the biz, save us all