This is how the press works. They don’t engage ideas. They find ways to fill newsprint and airtime that avoid engaging ideas.
It gives the appearance and the look and feel of information-delivery without actually delivering information.
It also reminds me of how the press behaved when the word came down to abandon Howard Dean, when he was the front runner for president. They seized on an exuberant “whoop” during a ralley and in lockstep unison they swept him into the abyss so fast his head spun. No one I know of questioned the way that all of the press organs turned on him so fast, so completely, and with identical cover stories.
I began to notice during the Clinton years how, as you clicked channel to channel, talking heads would be using exactly the same buzz words, exactly the same phrases, delivering exactly the same spin and exactly the same list of talking points. You could click from one to another and it was the same right down to the exact choice of words.
I still see it every time I tune in to this day, which is why mostly I don’t bother. The more you give them access to your brain, the less you know. You’ll know more, the more you avoid them.