Yet even then, they are often being fed information. See the Ben Rhodes affair of know nothing journalism.
Otherwise, yes, dirty laundry sells. The sex and sleaze get the ratings and clicks, and therefore, the money. The candidates weren’t all that interested in foreign policy discussion, either. As a presidential candidate Trump claimed to making America great. His foreign policy leans to pulling up the drawbridges and bombarding outsiders as necessary. Candidate Clinton helped design the “send advisors, lose slowly” plan we’ve been running now, although the idea certainly isn’t original to her. (Recall, it was JFK’s dispatch of military advisors to Vietnam that grew into that war after a disastrous meeting with the Soviet leader.) She didn’t want to talk about it, perhaps becuase the follow ups to Yemen would be questions about the other conflicts we are involved in that the public know little about.