Funniest thing about this (and no, there isn't too much I'd laugh about from this video) is how the host denounces the entire thing as a stunt for attention. Isn't that exactly what they're giving them? Can we say Free publicity?
That's what the news does. The News is a business, all news, even the ones you pay for or accept donations so you can get a little $100 T-shirt. The content is the product. So, the news networks have to go out and get news. It's not just getting the news either, it's sensationalizing it and making a show of it. For instance, the Oreilly factor or Lou Dobbs; that's not news, that's commentary on news which is a form of sensationalizing a story. It's plays to a demographic audience. The more people tuning in to a network, the higher the ratings, the higher the ratings the more the network can charge for a commercial.
This is especially true during the "Sweeps Week". Since there is a ton of information to analyze, they only collect this information five weeks out of a year
dispersed through the year. So that's why some weeks have more sensational stuff than others, because it's sweeps week and they need to get the ratings up that week.
The good news is, it is usually fairly accurate because if it isn't and the network is caught and publicized, it affects ratings. The market does work for the common good.
The bad news is, there isn't much depth to the stories because indepth investigative journalism is expensive.
So, we only get the tip of the iceberg.
Another factor is, they have a show to do so they have to have something and they have to play to a demographic audience. It's tough to gather info on a subject and put out a show in less than a day. That's why the trans bashing show was aired the way it was.
I think it's disgusting too. When I was starting at the University I thought I was going into a noble profession. I was seriously disillusioned after my internship. But, that's just how it is.