Is the Truth Suffering in the Media?

About: blair: media is feral beast obsessed with impact | special reports | guardian unlimited politics

That's my largest concern, what people end up believing when they consume the news.  In particular, the M$M creates an impression & memes about our world that by it's very nature is a distortion of reality.  It may or not have an agenda or purpose behind exposing one or another part of the World's underbelly - crime, wars, & ugliness for impact, readership or politics.  Tony Blair's assessment seems harsh & more regulation seems counter to a free press.  OTOH, why not strengthen libel, slander & truthfulness standards?  Why do politicians & parties get a free reign on lies about each other, especially during an election? The media was not pleased about his comments !
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The Prime Minister singled out The Independent for criticism when he devoted his last speech on domestic issues before he stands down on 27 June to the media, which he described as a "feral beast, just tearing people and reputations to bits".

That, along with calls for a debate about political coverage and criticism of what he views as the fusion of comment and news provoked an immediate and strong reaction

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In my opinion the consumption of news should be another opportunity for selective spending as explained here  .  As long as news is a commodity supported by advertizing revenue then it's profit margins should be directly proportional the value & reliability of it's content.

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