Except for the fact that that’s how it is used? We can call it foolish all we want, but it’s done, video killed the radio star style. Neither paper nor network news are going to make a comeback, and as you note, they weren’t paragons of trustworthiness. I chose living memory examples for a specific purpose, but yeah, the USS Maine was journalism so sketchy it coined a term and helped start a war.
Regardless of the medium, critical thinking will always be required, and unfortunately, we have precious little of that these days.