I think that technology also plays a part. In the past during a "breaking news" event, all sorts of info could be mentioned or even seen, and never heard again unless someone was quick enough to toss a VHS into the VCR and hit record. Even if they got something in that raw info, the means to widely distribute it was low. Now when there is a breaking news event, you can turn on a DVR, and easily post it to a myriad of places on the internet.
So, when we have one of these events, and the MSM is breaking their neck to be "first" with some new information without properly vetting it, it
remains in the public sphere. When the truth of the story moves beyond initial reports there are often loose strings hanging. These loose strings are
the meat and potatoes for modern conspiracy theorists.
Another reason I believe CTers are currently being targeted by the MSM is our willingness to read or listen to foreign news sources, and I'm not
talking about mainstream foreign news sources (to an American at least) like the BBC or Reuters. I'm talking about Russia Today, Al-Jeezera, and
PressTV. While I consider PressTV to be mostly laughable, I find RT and Al-Jeezera to be enjoyable sources of information that,despite their obvious
biases, don't patronize me by dumbing down the discourse to a middle-school or lower level. It doesn't matter what political bias the US MSM has,
when a guest gets away from the approved left or right narrative they shut them down. I've seen RT allow a guest to finish a point that would have
gotten them shouted/shut down equally quickly on either MSNBC or FOX.
I think another reason that the MSM is going after folks like us here at ATS is our ability to find interesting stories from local and international
news agencies days and sometimes weeks before they bring them to the national discussion. One of the main reasons I still participate here is that I
can often get a sense of what is going to be in the news, or being talked about a few days to a few weeks down the road. I feel that the ATS edge has
slipped in that regard of late, mainly due to US general election followed by Sandy Hook, and the amount of effort the membership here has put into
discussing those issues.
Regardless, simultaneous assaults on both the First and Second Amendments by "the most trusted name in news" is notable and disturbing.