part of the reason I avoid the local newspaper

"What's curious, though, is the extent to which the US newspaper market is made up of 'single' newspapers, just with different mastheads and a smattering of local coverage. It's quite strange to travel, say, from Atlanta to Hartford to San Francisco, and find that the local papers there, which are far from being the Podunk Racoon-Intelligencer, all rely for the most part on either centrally-provided or syndicated content.

In short, what ClearChannel has done to American radio, Knight-Ridder, Gannett and co have done to American newspapers." - Nick Sweeney

This isn't unique to radio or print media though. There's been a steady push by mega-media corporations to allow themselves to own even more TV stations in a local market area which would IMHO lead to more bland, me-too news coverage and stories. Switch from one station to another and you'll find pretty much the exact same thing.
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