There was a time when the news of the day was monitored by professional editors who decided what was factual based on research and what was not, what was worthwhile sharing with the public and what would cause unnecessary panic, what was reporting and what was editorial opinion.
And then came ratings. And those decisions moved to producers.
And then came tabloids and "A Current Affair". And gossip became news.
And then came radio talk shows and cable news programs. And the opinion of a single individual could reach millions and confuse celebrity with journalism.
And then came the Internet and blogging. And innuendo and untruths were afforded legitimacy by hacks with personal and/or malicious motivations.
I'm not suggesting that the truth isn't out there, but the filters are most definitely off, and with the death of newspapers around the corner, I cringe at the possible future of what we call "news".