It should obvious to all but the most addled minds that television news anchors, their script writers, and editors never question the following (false) assertions:
SARS-CoV-2 is real. It was discovered and sequenced.
The test for the virus is accurate.
Every positive test denotes a "case of COVID-19."
The case numbers and death numbers are accurate.
Masks, distancing, and lockdowns are necessary, in order to prevent further spread of the virus.
The COVID vaccine is safe and effective.
People who take the vaccine should nevertheless continue to wear masks and limit their exposure to non-family groups.
The mainstream news denizens accept these presumptions without investigation. They're taking dictation from public health agencies (CDC, WHO).
Therefore, of what value is the news? Instead of elaborate broadcasts, why don't the networks simply present, once a day, announcements from CDC spokespeople delivered from bland bureaucratic offices?
The answer, of course, is: commercials. Ad revenues. News divisions are expected to make money. They're not public charities.
News is business.
Lester Holt (NBC) makes $10 million a year. Norah O'Donnell (CBS) makes $6 million a year. David Muir (ABC) makes $5 million a year. Wolf Blitzer (CNN) makes $5 million a year.