The establishment American press today is no longer mainstream, either in its commitment to journalism or to freedom -- which is why I describe it as the formerly mainstream media.
What we have therefore at ABC, NBC, CBS, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and their disciples, etc., etc., are varieties of cult-like extremism against fair and balanced data-based reporting and varieties of cult-like extremism against the Constitution, the Declaration, and the reality-oriented ontology upon which these documents and their founding facts, content, and political and ethical principles stand.
The extremism of postmodern-day "reporting" is especially evident in its political coverage, and commentator Jedediah Bila calls for a dose of realism as we approach the election of 2012.
"It’s well past time to be realistic about 'objective' journalism and the games of some in the [formerly] mainstream media. However, it’s also time to be realistic about the enormous power of the people -- of grassroots America -- to deliver the truth that so many in the media elite would love for voters to never see." (my emphasis in brackets)
She concludes: "Let [formerly] mainstream media shenanigans make you that much more committed to setting the record straight, to utilizing the blogosphere and social media outlets to call it like you see it, and to letting the media elite know that the days of them controlling outcomes by perpetuating falsehoods are over." (my emphasis in brackets)
Objectivity in reporting is possible. One must, however, be willing to question the cult.