This was brought up in another poll. Are news networks like FOX, CNN, MSNBC, etc... news, entertainment, or similar to WWE, news entertainment?
News entertainment, better known as INFOTAINMENT.
And there's a reason why.
Back before cable (and satellite - pretty much the same thing, SUBSCRIBER TV) became ubiquitous, the Big Three operated their news depts as loss leaders and as a public service, NOT
as a profit oriented "business". The BUSINESS of television was prime time and daytime prime entertainment and that is what underwrote the news dept budgets.
Same with the network affiliate stations.
Stations and networks traded on the prestige of providing news as a public service and ratings grabber shows followed the news in prime time.
But news depts either lost a tiny bit, or broke even, or posted a tiny plus, and that was okay.
Thus news was free of market pressures, all they had to do was provide accurate and rational news coverage that Americans could trust.
They could tell viewers what they NEEDED to hear instead of what they WANT to hear.
The moment news got pressured to produce profit and superstar ratings everything went 180 degrees the other way.
If you don't tell viewers what they WANT to hear, they tune out, ratings drop and profit goes away, and news teams get fired and replaced with someone who WILL
tell people what they want to hear.
News today is a CONSUMER PRODUCT, not a public service, and until news returns to being a subsidized loss leader, that's what you will continue to get.
And you can thank Rupert Murdoch and Roger Ailes for the change. They were the pioneers of infotainment for profit.