H/t both Dana and Steve V. at Far and Wide.
" ... the news media live in a bubble too, just like their pet creation. Remember that they do not live by bread alone but by the closed room circle jerk as well. They look to one another for verification or reinforcement more often than they look to actual citizens, if they haven't relegated citizens to the realm of the legendary or mythical."
There's more to it, of course. I'm not so sure I'd buy into the characterization of younger journalists – it's a little too close to the "kids these days!" mindset for me. In particular, the suggestion that they're conditioned by their education and training to be obeisant to the mighty corporation doesn't really ring true. Some of them, in fact, are smart enough to put in their time, get what they can out of it in a few years, and then leave to set up their own startups.
But it does sum up why the national discourse is so poorly served by the corporate media.